Oakland A’s closer Trevor May announced his retirement Monday, expressing his dissatisfaction with owner John Fisher. In an effort to boost the team’s performance, May joined the growing movement urging Fisher to sell the team.
May, a nine-year MLB veteran, livestreamed his decision to retire on Twitch. During his farewell speech, he expressed his appreciation for every individual in the A’s organization, except for one person – Fisher.
“Sell the team, dude,” May firmly stated. “Let someone who truly values their ownership lead the way. There are people out there who actually care about the game. Give them the chance to do it.”
May proceeded to criticize Fisher for his aversion to cameras and mentioned his own struggles in adapting to Fisher’s leadership during his single season with the organization.
“You’re a billionaire. You possess immense power. However, you haven’t earned any of it,” May continued. He pointed out that Fisher had been handed everything and was now unwilling to take responsibility for his actions. May also acknowledged the negative perception of Oakland but stressed that Fisher’s decisions were affecting the livelihoods of loyal employees who had dedicated decades to the organization.
“But you’re putting hundreds, if not thousands, of people out of work, without showing any acknowledgment,” May remarked. “Just be better. That’s all we’re asking. Just act like a human being.”
Oakland fans have been vocal in expressing their disappointment about the team’s relocation to Las Vegas. They have organized reverse boycotts during home games and matches in other stadiums across the league.
During his lone season in Oakland, May achieved a 4-4 record with a 3.28 ERA and 21 saves in 35 appearances. In his overall career, which includes stints with the New York Mets and the Minnesota Twins, May finished with a 36-28 record and a 4.24 ERA alongside the A’s.
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