Dave Stewart is still waiting for the track to be retired by A’s

OAKLAND, California (AP) – One of Oakland’s great heroes is still awaiting the number retirement ceremony he was promised.

Right-handed player Dave Stewart, now 65, found out in August 2019 that the club was planning to drop out of his No. 34 jersey, so that did not happen during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season or last year.

The former World Series MVP and four-time winner of 20 matches wrote on his Twitter account this week an apparent frustration over his hometown team.

“I have no idea what the A’s are doing. At this point, they can just pull the number back without any celebration, as far as I’m concerned,” Stewart wrote. numbers. If you find out something before I do it, let me know? “

The As said they plan to announce next week during the club’s season opener home ground a date to honor Stewart, but they had not done so earlier because the schedule was changing with the lockout. Oakland also wants to bring in some other former players to help celebrate.

The A’s also plan to honor the 1972 World Series team and celebrate the club’s 20-game winning streak from 2002.

Stewart spent two stints with the A’s, also wearing No. 35 in his second time with the team in 1995. Rollie Fingers also carried 34, and it is one of five retired numbers of the A’s, along with Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson, Catfish Hunter and Reggie Jackson. Stewart becomes the sixth.

During a 16-year big-league career with five clubs, “Stew” had a record of 168-129 and 3.95 ERA with 19 saves over 523 appearances and 348 starts.

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