OAKLAND (KRON) — The Oakland Athletics announced today that current Managing Partner Lew Wolff is selling the majority of his share of the team to the other owners. He will retain a small stake in the club moving forward, and transition into a “chairman” position. John Fisher will take his place as Managing Partner.
Major League Baseball owners approved this leadership transition today during a meeting in Chicago. “It has been an honor serving as a Managing Partner and I thank our fans, staff, and players for the opportunity I’ve had to lead this great organization,” Wolff said in a statement. “John and I have talked in great length about the future of this club and I am ready to pass the reins to him.”
Fisher expressed gratitude for Wolff’s years of dedication in a statement. “I want to thank Lew for his leadership over the last 11 years. His initiative and love of the game of baseball brought my family to the A’s, and I look forward to a new chapter in our working relationship and friendship. It is a privilege for me to steward the A’s at this important moment for the franchise.”
After 20 years as the A’s President, Michael Crowley is also stepping down. Crowley will continue to guide the team, but as a senior advisor. He is passing the torch to Dave Kaval. Kaval is also President of the Major League Soccer team, the San Jose Earthquakes.