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Veteran reliever Trevor May announced his retirement from baseball Monday, but not before firing several parting shots at his now-former employer.
During a Twitch stream, May, who spent this past season with the Oakland Athletics, ripped into A’s owner John Fisher for his perceived mismanagement of the franchise.
“Sell the team, dude. … Let someone who actually takes pride in the things they own own something,” May said. “There’s actually people who give a shit about the game. Let them do it. Take mommy and daddy’s money somewhere else, dork.”
Oakland fans urged the owner to sell the team throughout the season. May bashed Fisher, calling him an absentee owner who’s unwilling to take criticism in person.
“If you’re gonna just be a greedy fuck, own it. There’s nothing weaker than being afraid of cameras,” May said. “So that’s one thing I really struggled with this year – was not eviscerating that guy.”
He added, “You shouldn’t have any (power) ’cause you haven’t earned any of it. … You got handed everything you have, and now you’re too soft to stand in front of (the team) or take any responsibility for anything you’re doing.”
Fisher first bought a stake in the Athletics as a partner of Lew Wolff in 2005, and he took over as the team’s managing partner in 2016. In recent years, he’s become a villain in Oakland for selling off the team’s stars to reduce payroll while openly flirting with a move to Las Vegas.
Earlier this year, the A’s announced plans to build a new 30,000-seat ballpark on the Las Vegas strip after attempts to build a new stadium in Oakland fell through. Fisher officially filed for permission to move the team in August.
May only pitched one season for the A’s, joining on a $7-million deal last December. He enjoyed a solid final season in the majors, collecting 21 saves along with a 3.28 ERA in 49 appearances.
May was originally a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. He made his MLB debut six years later with the Minnesota Twins. He finished his career with a 36-28 record, a 4.24 ERA, 520 strikeouts, and 33 saves across parts of nine seasons with the Twins, A’s, and New York Mets.
After struggling during the early parts of this year, the right-hander revealed he considered retiring because of anxiety, which was made worse by the implementation of the pitch clock.
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