Mickey Callaway, the previous supervisor of the Mets who had been serving because the pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels, was positioned on baseball’s ineligible checklist on Wednesday after an investigation into sexual harassment claims in opposition to him. He was additionally fired by the Angels.
In February, Callaway was suspended by the Angels after a report by The Athletic during which he was accused of creating undesirable sexual advances to 5 ladies who work in sports activities media. The report claimed the harassment occurred over a five-year interval throughout which Callaway was employed by three groups, together with the Mets.
The varied groups concerned agreed to take part in an M.L.B. investigation, a results of which is Callaway’s placement on an inventory that retains him fully away from the sport for an unspecified time period.
“My workplace has accomplished its investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Mickey Callaway,” Rob Manfred, the M.L.B. commissioner, mentioned in a press release. “Having reviewed the entire accessible proof, I’ve concluded that Mr. Callaway violated M.L.B.’s insurance policies, and that placement on the Ineligible Record is warranted.”
Placement on the ineligible checklist is quick and Callaway can not apply for potential reinstatement till the conclusion of the 2022 postseason.
The Angels also issued a statement, asserting Callaway’s firing: “Efficient instantly, we’re ending Mickey Callaway’s employment with the Angels. We respect Main League Baseball’s diligent investigation, and assist their determination.”
Callaway, who was employed by the Angels earlier than the 2020 season after managing the Mets in 2018 and 2019, responded to the preliminary allegations with an electronic mail to The Athletic during which he mentioned he wouldn’t reply to “common allegations” however that he appeared ahead to “a possibility to supply extra particular responses.” He mentioned all of his relationships had been consensual and that his conduct “was on no account meant to be disrespectful to any ladies concerned.”
The accusations in opposition to Callaway got here on the heels of Jared Porter, who had been employed as common supervisor of the Mets, being fired over experiences of his personal mistreatment of a reporter.
In response to the accusations in opposition to Callaway and Porter, and a rising perception that women in the game were being mistreated, M.L.B. tweaked its harassment and discrimination coverage, established an nameless third-party hotline to report points and mandated coaching for high membership executives.
Manfred’s assertion on Wednesday mentioned every of Callaway’s groups had participated within the investigation.
“Harassment has no place inside Main League Baseball,” he mentioned, “and we’re dedicated to offering an applicable work surroundings for all these concerned in our recreation.”