A’s owner John Fisher reverses course, apologizes: Team will pay minor-leaguers
After a significant backlash greeted his decision to end stipends to minor-leaguers, A’s owner John Fisher is reversing course, he said in a conversation with The Chronicle on Friday.
“I changed my mind after spending a lot of time talking to our team,” Fisher said, mentioning team president Dave Kaval, vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst in particular. “I concluded I’d made a mistake.”
Fisher, who is worth $2.2 billion according to Forbes, apologized for halting the $400-a-week payments and pledged to continue the stipends through the rest of what would have been the minor-league season. The players will also be paid retroactively for this week.
“I’ve listened to our fans and others, and there is no question that this is the right thing to do,” Fisher said. “We clearly got this decision wrong. These players represent our future and we will immediately begin paying our minor-league players. I take responsibility and I’m making it right.”
The A’s minor-leaguers — many of whom had been vocal about how poorly treated they felt when the team announced it was suspending payments — were relieved that Fisher changed his mind.
“That’s awesome news,” said catcher J.J. Schwarz, who played at Class A Beloit last year. “I have a lot of respect for John Fisher — to admit you’re wrong, you made a mistake, that’s not easy to do. I think the backlash was enough to make him realize that, and the fact that all ...
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