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Mickey Callaway accused of unwanted advances toward female media while with Cleveland, Mets, Angels

5 ladies who work in sports activities media declare Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway sexually harassed them over a five-year interval that included his tenure as Mets supervisor.

Callaway repeatedly made undesirable advances and despatched lewd textual content messages, the women told The Athletic. He allegedly engaged on this habits when he was the pitching coach in Cleveland, the supervisor in New York and a member of the teaching workers in Anaheim, the place he presently works, from 2015 to 2020.

One of many media members making the allegations instructed The Athletic that Callaway’s alleged habits was the “worst-kept secret in baseball.” 

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Callaway instructed The Athletic: “Any relationship during which I used to be engaged has been consensual, and my conduct was by no means supposed to be disrespectful to any ladies concerned. I’m married and my spouse has been made conscious of those basic allegations.”

Cleveland, the Mets, the Angels and MLB all responded to The Athletic’s report as effectively.

Cleveland mentioned that it was unaware till now of any of what’s being alleged and would conduct an inner evaluation in session with MLB. The Mets mentioned that in 2018, they investigated an alleged incident that occurred earlier than they employed Callaway as supervisor. They supplied no further particulars. New York fired Callaway after the 2019 season when the workforce completed 86-76.

The Angels mentioned they’d start an investigation with MLB, which mentioned it “has by no means been notified of any allegations of sexually inappropriate habits by Mickey Callaway.”

Among the many extra graphic allegations towards Callaway: One of many reporters who spoke to The Athletic mentioned that he put his leg on a railing and moved his crotch close to her face throughout a one-on-one interview in his first spring coaching with the Mets.

“I knew straight away that is what I might be coping with,” the reporter was quoted as saying. “I bought warned he was gross (beforehand).”

Reporters additionally claimed that Callaway despatched them pictures of him posing shirtless.

The Athletic revealed the ladies’s claims about two weeks after the Mets fired first-year general manager Jared Porter for similar actions. A feminine former media member told ESPN in 2017 that Porter despatched her dozens of textual content messages, lots of them specific, in 2016 when he was the Cubs’ director {of professional} scouting. ESPN mentioned it ran with the story solely after the media member gave her consent following Porter’s hiring by the Mets.

Porter gave admissions to ESPN and Mets workforce president Sandy Alderson after the report was revealed. Alderson, who additionally employed Callaway, and Mets majority proprietor Steve Cohen determined to terminate Porter on Jan. 16.

Alderson told The New York Times in a press release Monday that he “was unaware of the conduct described within the story on the time of Mickey’s rent or at any time throughout my tenure as basic supervisor.” Alderson added that the Mets will start a evaluation of their “hiring processes.”

Cohen, in a separate assertion to the Occasions, referred to as Callaway’s alleged actions “unacceptable” and that they “would by no means be tolerated underneath my possession.”

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