Chicago White Sox catcher Yermín Mercedes had a long way to go to get to the major leagues, but now that he’s come, all he’s done to celebrate is make baseball history.
Mercedes, who only had one MLB bat before the start of the 2021 season, debuted the season on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels, going 5-for-5 with a double and four races beaten for the White Sox in a 12-8 victory.
As if that debut wasn’t spectacular enough, Mercedes followed it up by collecting three more hits, including a home race, and two more races beaten on Saturday night before finally retiring at the top of the eighth lap on a fly out to center field. .
It still gave Mercedes eight hits on eight bats to start the regular season, and according to Elias Sports Bureau, it also gave the catcher a place in the baseball record books. According to Elias, Mercedes is the first player since 1900 to begin a season with eight hits in a row:
Mercedes, 28, has been bouncing around the baseball world for almost a decade, starting with the Washington Nationals’ organization way back in 2011. Since then, he has played in a number of different leagues, and finally joined the whites. . Sox organization in 2018.
It is highly unlikely that he will be able to continue hitting a dry .889 clip, but he has given White Sox fans (and baseball fans in general) something to cheer about when the new season has begun.