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Reggie Jackson: A's situation is 'an embarrassment'

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Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson isn't pleased with how the Fisher family is running the Oakland Athletics after announcing the franchise would play the 2025-27 seasons in Sacramento before relocating to Las Vegas.

"I'm embarrassed for baseball. I feel terrible for the city," Jackson said on "The Show" podcast.

"I'm so disappointed as to the way the Fisher family has interacted with the city and just let the team go to shambles. They're a four-A team; they are not a major-league team. They've abandoned the city."

Jackson played for the A's from 1967-75 before returning for his final major-league season in 1987. While with the club, the 77-year-old won an MVP in 1973 and three consecutive World Series championships from 1972-74. Jackson assembled an ownership group to purchase the A's in 2005. He claimed he was the highest bidder for the franchise but that former commissioner Bud Selig never turned in his offer.

Jackson told "The Show" that the A's would have been in better shape had he been named owner and likely would have remained in Oakland.

"That team would not look like it does today, which is an embarrassment to Major League Baseball, an embarrassment to Oakland, and an embarrassment to the Fisher family. There is no winner there now," he said.

"It's a terrible situation. Absolutely not good for baseball. I'm disappointed. My feelings were hurt, I was pushed out, I was screwed over by the game."

The A's enter Wednesday with a 4-7 record after finishing 50-112 last season. Their $61.6-million payroll is the lowest in baseball behind the $84.6-million spending by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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