Trevor May: “I’m happy I’m not playing baseball anymore”
To owner John Fisher, “Take mom and dad’s money and get the hell away.”
Oakland Athletics veteran reliever Trevor May sniped at the greedy team owner and announced his retirement.
May announced on MLB.com on the 18th (Korean time), “I have officially decided to retire as a professional player.” He went on to add that he was “happy not to play baseball anymore.”
Born in 1989, May was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. However, without being able to make his debut, he was transferred to the Minnesota Twins in December 2012. And two years later, in August 2014, at the age of 25, he made his big league debut in a game against the Oakland Athletics.
He appeared in 10 games in his debut season, and was given the opportunity to play more games in 2015. He went back and forth between starting and bullpen, posting an ERA of 4.00 with 8 wins, 9 losses, and 7 holds in 48 games. Although he was in danger after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017, he recorded a career-high season in 2019 with 5 wins, 3 losses, 17 holds, 2 saves, and an ERA of 2.94, leading the team to advance to the American League Division Series (ALDS).
After the 2020 season, he qualified as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with the New York Mets worth $15 million (about 20.3 billion won). In 2021, he played as a member of the Mets’ sure-to-win group, recording 7 wins, 3 losses, 16 holds, 4 saves, and an ERA of 3.59, showing good performance since his first season after his transfer. After finishing playing with the Mets last season, he signed a one-year short-term contract worth $7 million (approximately 9.4 billion won) with Oakland, his debut opponent.
He took on his first closer role in Oakland. Oakland, considered the weakest team in the American League’s West Division, ranked last this season with only 50 wins, but May did his part. He achieved decent results with 4 wins, 4 losses, 1 hold, and 21 saves in 49 games. However, he has not been in the best shape this season, having been placed on the injured list due to mental issues.
He eventually decided to retire from active duty. “I want to go out on my own,” May said. “I’m going to start my own show that covers baseball because I love baseball. I’m going to do more with baseball.”
As he was retiring, he coolly shared his true feelings. “I love the organization of Oakland and every single one of its members,” he said. “I like everyone but one.” And that one person was Oakland owner John Fisher.
May said to owner Fisher, “We need to sell the team quickly. I also ordered ‘SELL SHIRT’ (a t-shirt demanding the sale of the team made by an Oakland fan), but it hasn’t arrived yet. Use your mom and dad’s money somewhere else.” The criticism did not stop.
Auckland, which ranked last with a winning percentage of .300 in both recent seasons, continues to face fan backlash against its owner. Owner Fisher has never visited the stadium this season and is famous for being stingy with his investment in the club. Ring Central Coliseum is suffering without a single remodeling of the home stadium.안전놀이터
In this situation, owner Fisher completed the purchase of land for a new stadium in Las Vegas and set a goal of relocating to the hometown in 2027. In the end, Oakland fans who were angry at owner Fisher demanded the sale of the team, wearing ‘SELL SHIRT’ and chanting ‘Sell the team’ during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays last June.
Unfortunately, Auckland is currently going through a dark period with owner Fisher. Fisher’s fortune, estimated by Forbes last year, was $2.4 billion (approximately 3.2589 trillion won). However, Auckland’s payroll is only $59 million (about 80.1 billion won). Can a single word from retired May bring about change?