As reported by The Athletic (subscription required), Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway has been accused of making unwanted sexual advancements of at least five women involved in sports media. Callaway was said to have sent three women inappropriate photographs while asking one woman for nude pictures in return.
Other allegations reported in the article are disturbing as well and include screenshots of text messages from Callaway. One of the women involved described it as, “the worst-kept secret in sports”.
The recent accusations of Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway are horrible, and need to be addressed immediately.
Callaway was named the Angels pitching coach in October of 2019, and the report suggests that his unwanted behavior carried through his time with the Cleveland Indians and New York Mets. There should be no doubt that the Angels will move on from Callaway, and find a replacement. If he isn’t fired, this situation will carry onto the team and reflect negatively on the organization as a whole.
The Angels released the following statement Monday evening following the news:
The report also suggests that Callaway wasn’t the only one in the Angels organization with knowledge of the women he repeatedly texted. While there aren’t players specifically named, the Angels need to do a thorough investigation of the others who might have known about these allegations and refused to do anything.
The Angels have already been linked to rather negative news in the past, and this is another one on the list that should not be condoned.
Hopefully, the Angels don’t take too long with their investigation as The Athletic report has already provided enough evidence to prompt his firing. This comes when just weeks ago, former Mets general manager, Jared Porter, was fired due to his sexual harassment claims and begs the question of whether these incidents are connected.
While there is no evidence to back up this coincidence, it comes as a surprise that two people coming from the same organization are linked to similar issues.
Callaway’s time in Cleveland will also come into question as MLB may investigate former players and staff that knew him from the Cleveland organization and if they knew anything about his actions during his tenure there.
On another note, there have been reports of free-agent pitcher Trevor Bauer not signing with the Halos because of his history with Callaway. Would a firing open the door to a possible Bauer signing? Maybe, but that is the least of the concerns for the Angels at the moment.
The season is reportedly scheduled to start on time, with spring training camps opening on February 17, and Opening Day scheduled for April 1, the Angels will have to look for a replacement option quickly should they go that route.
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It would have to be a relatively fast process given how soon the 2021 season is will start up, but these actions shouldn’t be condoned by any organization. They should result in Callaway’s firing, regardless of the timing of the situation.