Following a yearlong battle with ALS, Gretchen Piscotty died on Sunday night. She was 55 years old.
The mother of A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty, Gretchen was diagnosed with what's commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease in May of 2017.
The A's released a statement regarding Gretchen's passing:
"The Athletics organization extends its deepest condolences to the Piscotty family on the loss of Gretchen," said Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. "She was a devoted wife and mother, whose legacy will live on through her husband, Mike, and their sons Stephen, Austin and Nick."
This past offseason, the Cardinals and A's engineered a trade that sent Stephen Piscotty to Oakland in order to be close to Gretchen. The Piscotty family is from Pleasanton.
"I wanted to be with my mom," Stephen said in a video published by ESPN this weekend. "I'm so grateful. i can't imagine being 2,000 miles away from all of what's going on."
The Athletics organization extends its deepest condolences to the Piscotty family on the loss of Stephen's mother Gretchen. https://t.co/EsaDDMpNOP pic.twitter.com/DsGUfWvp6g— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) May 7, 2018
The Sounds family extends its condolences to Stephen and his family. Memorial contributions to the ALS Therapy Development Institute are being accepted here: https://t.co/Oz9XXWGWD8 https://t.co/6qut7wzIwY— Nashville Sounds (@nashvillesounds) May 7, 2018
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former #STLCards outfielder Stephen Piscotty's mother, Gretchen. Sending our love and prayers to Stephen and the entire Piscotty family. pic.twitter.com/yaFJjBOlNK— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 7, 2018