April 21, 2021

White Sox’s Yermin Mercedes makes MLB history with 8-for-8 start (New York Post)

One of the former slogans for Mercedes-Benz was “the best or nothing,” but one opening week MLB stat took that tagline to a new extreme

Chicago White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes rapped eight hits in his first eight at-bats, marking the most consecutive hits to begin a season in baseball’s modern era since 1900.

The 28-year-old Mercedes, who had one previous major-league plate appearance in 2020, went 5-for-5 (four singles and a double) as Chicago’s designated hitter on Friday. He added three more hits (a home run, a single and a double) as the DH again Saturday before flying out to center field in his fourth trip.

“I never imagined that. It is great for me,” Mercedes said after Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Angels. “Now, it’s a new day for me. I want to keep doing well and work with my approach. I want to play every day and I’m excited for that.”

Mercedes, listed as a catcher and first baseman, had played in the Washington and Baltimore organizations before signing with Chicago in 2018.

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White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes set an MLB record by opening the 2021 season 8-for-8.
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