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Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway is suspended over sexual harassment claims

Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway has been suspended by Major League Baseball through the 2022 season following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the former New York Mets manager. 

Commissioner Rob Manfred did not release details of what MLB’s probe determined, but said in a statement ‘I have concluded that Mr. Callaway violated MLB’s policies, and that placement on the ineligible list is warranted.’

In a report published on February 1, The Athletic said Callaway ‘aggressively pursued’ several women who work in sports media and sent three of them inappropriate photos. 

Los Angeles Angels pitching coach and Mickey Callaway (pictured) has been suspended by Major League Baseball through the 2022 season following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the former New York Mets manager

In a statement, Rob Manfred said: 'I have concluded that Mr. Callaway violated MLB's policies, and that placement on the ineligible list is warranted'

In a statement, Rob Manfred said: ‘I have concluded that Mr. Callaway violated MLB’s policies, and that placement on the ineligible list is warranted’

Commissioner Rob Manfred did not release details of what MLB's probe determined

Commissioner Rob Manfred did not release details of what MLB’s probe determined

Callaway sent uninvited messages to the women via email, text or social media and asked one to send nude photos in return, according to the report. He often commented on their appearance in a way that made them uncomfortable and on one occasion ‘thrust his crotch near the face of a reporter’ while she interviewed him, The Athletic said.

‘My office has completed its investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Mickey Callaway,’ read Manfred’s statement. ‘Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Callaway violated MLB’s policies, and that placement on the Ineligible List is warranted. 

‘We want to thank the many people who cooperated with our Department of Investigations (DOI) in their work, which spanned Mr. Callaway’s positions with three different Clubs. 

‘The Clubs that employed Mr. Callaway each fully cooperated with DOI, including providing emails and assisting with identifying key witnesses. Harassment has no place within Major League Baseball, and we are committed to providing an appropriate work environment for all those involved in our game.’ 

Manfred said once the 2022 season ends, Callaway can apply for possible reinstatement.

Callaway, 46, was the Cleveland Indians’ pitching coach for five years before managing the Mets from 2018-19. After he was fired by New York, he was hired in October 2019 as pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels, who suspended him on February 2. 

Callaway gathers baseballs while wearing a mask before the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim

Callaway gathers baseballs while wearing a mask before the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2020 in Anaheim

Callaway was suspended by the Angels in February after five female journalists told The Athletic that he made a number of unwanted sexual advances towards them and sent inappropriate photos and texts during his previous tenures as the Indians pitching coach (2013-17) and as the manager of the New York Mets (2018-19).

The specifics of Tuesday’s report by The Athletic raises questions about when the two clubs became aware of Callaway’s alleged sexual harassment of women.

Following the initial report, a second wave of allegations was revealed by The Athletic when 12 current and former Indians employees detailed claims against Callaway. 

One Indians employee told The Athletic that Callaway’s behavior ‘was the worst-kept secret in the organization.’ Furthermore, the husband of a woman with whom Callaway was allegedly having an affair says he notified the club in 2017 that he caught Callaway sending the woman nude photos.

Meanwhile a former Mets employee told The Athletic that Callaway earned the nickname, ‘D*** Pic Mick’ when he was in New York. 

The Mets previously told The Athletic that the team was informed in August 2018 about an incident that occurred before Callaway signed in New York. A spokesperson said the club investigated, but ‘declined to reveal the nature of the incident, the outcome of that probe or whether Callaway was disciplined,’ The Athletic said.

The team has not admitted to any other prior knowledge of claims against Callaway.

Callaway, 46, was the Cleveland Indians' pitching coach for five years before managing the Mets from 2018-19. After he was fired by New York, he was hired in October 2019 as pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels, who suspended him on February 2

Callaway, 46, was the Cleveland Indians’ pitching coach for five years before managing the Mets from 2018-19. After he was fired by New York, he was hired in October 2019 as pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels, who suspended him on February 2 

Indians president Chris Antonetti told reporters in February that he was unaware of the allegations until the report from The Athletic.   

The man who claimed he caught Callaway having an affair with his wife specifically said that he repeatedly called the organization because the pitching coach was using a team-owned phone to send pictures of his body.  

One Indians employee told The Athletic that Callaway's behavior  'was the worst-kept secret in the organization.' Indians president Chris Antonetti (pictured) told reporters in February that he was unaware of the allegations until the report from The Athletic

One Indians employee told The Athletic that Callaway’s behavior  ‘was the worst-kept secret in the organization.’ Indians president Chris Antonetti (pictured) told reporters in February that he was unaware of the allegations until the report from The Athletic

And as one former employee told The Athletic, Antonetti, manager Terry Francona and general manager Mike Chernoff were all aware. 

‘This issue was addressed with him by the three highest-ranking baseball officials,’ the former employee said. 

However, Francona said in March that neither he nor anyone else in the organization is involved in a cover up. 

‘Nobody’s ever deliberately covered up for anybody, I can tell you that,’ Francona said on a Zoom call as the team began spring training in Arizona. 

According to The Athletic, the Indians spoke to Callaway about the 2017 affair and he did express remorse. And as The Athletic  has confirmed, Major League Baseball was also informed directly.

Callaway and the woman reportedly ended their consensual affair in February of 2017. The husband send a text message confronting Callaway, who reportedly had to tell MLB because the phone he was using belonged to the team. An MLB security agent, Chuck Blalock, reportedly tried to convince the husband to drop the complaint, according to The Athletic.

However, the husband still reportedly notified the Mets about the incident in 2018. According to The Athletic, Callaway admitted to the affair and text messages when he was confronted with the information. 

Callaway was suspended by the Angels in February after five female journalists told The Athletic that he made a number of unwanted sexual advances towards them and sent inappropriate photos and texts during his previous tenures as the Indians pitching coach (2013-17) and as the manager of the New York Mets (2018-19)

Callaway was suspended by the Angels in February after five female journalists told The Athletic that he made a number of unwanted sexual advances towards them and sent inappropriate photos and texts during his previous tenures as the Indians pitching coach (2013-17) and as the manager of the New York Mets (2018-19)

But that was hardly an end to the rumors about Callaway within the Mets’ clubhouse, according to The Athletic’s report. 

‘He was on his phone all the time,’ one Mets employee said. ‘[I was like], ‘Two hours before a game, buddy? Aren’t you having a meeting?’ You could tell it had nothing to do with the game. It’s 5:15, who are you texting?’ 

Callaway reportedly did little to conceal his actions within these organizations, allegedly going so far as to reach out to connect with female colleagues on the professional networking website, LinkedIn. 

‘It didn’t matter what you looked like, what size, whether you were White or Black, Asian or Hispanic, he’d be creepy towards you,’ a woman told The Athletic.  

The 45-year-old Callaway previously told The Athletic that he would not respond to ‘general allegations’ and said he had only been involved in consensual relationships. 

He added that his behavior ‘was in no way intended to be disrespectful to any women involved’ and that he looked forward to ‘an opportunity to provide more specific responses.’

‘I am married and my wife has been made aware of these general allegations,’ Callaway’s statement concluded.  

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has denied that the club tried to protect Callaway

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has denied that the club tried to protect Callaway

The Athletic’s first report on Callaway came two weeks after ESPN detailed sexually explicit, uninvited text messages and images sent by former Mets general manager Jared Porter to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office. Porter was fired by the Mets the following morning, and MLB said it planned to investigate him.

Mets president Sandy Alderson, who hired Porter, also hired Callaway as manager in 2018. 

In March, Alderson told Mets beat writers that he expects the team to be more diligent on background checks going forward. 

The Mets also fired hitting coach Ryan Ellis after three female colleagues claimed he had harassed them with lewd texts and late-night calls. 

‘With respect to the vetting process, we’ll be more intentional about communicating with women who may have had some contact, not necessarily fellow employees, but other third parties that might have come in contact,’ Alderson said. 

‘We’re probably taking our background checks and so forth to a somewhat higher level to the extent that we can.’

Alderson expressed regret over the vetting process of Callaway.

‘When we when we hired Mickey, Mickey was the hot commodity,’ he said. ‘There were a number of teams that were anxious to talk to him and possibly sign him to a contract. We felt very fortunate at the time to get him based on his reputation in the game. 

‘Now, that was that short-sighted on our part? Was it too narrow focus? I think the answer is probably yes. And certainly in retrospect, there probably should have been a broader assessment of his qualifications.’

The New York Mets fired recently hired general manager Jared Porter for similar behavior

The New York Mets fired recently hired general manager Jared Porter for similar behavior


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