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Mickey Callaway fired after sexual misconduct investigation

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Manager Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 06, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Manager Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 06, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After multiple women accused LA Angels Pitching Coach Mickey Callaway of sexual harassment and mistreatment, the MLB conducted an investigation.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Rob Manfred “found that ‘Callaway violated MLB’s policies.'” The LA Angels Pitching Coach has been placed on the MLB’s “Ineligible List” through the 2022 season.

The Angels moved swiftly, firing Callaway from the team. Their statement:

ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez found Callaway’s statement and passed it along:

As for him hoping to come back to the game, it’s unclear whether that will happen. It’s almost certain that he has no chance of coming back to the Angels.

Something worth monitoring is that he was placed on the Ineligible List until at least the end of 2022. He could very well be there longer. He can apply for reinstatement after that, which I assume he will do.

Regardless, I would not bother signing him on to be part of any coaching staff if he does indeed get reinstated.

CBS Sports reported a story today that mentioned the allegations coming to light in February. The story cited the reporters from The Athletic who first published those allegations: Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang. From their story, they provided some details of the accusations:

“Mickey Callaway, the former New York Mets manager and current pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels, aggressively pursued at least five women who work in sports media, sending three of them inappropriate photographs and asking one of them to send nude photos in return,” they wrote.

“He sent them unsolicited electronic messages and regularly commented on their appearance in a manner that made them uncomfortable. In one instance, he thrust his crotch near the face of a reporter as she interviewed him. In another, he told one of the women that if she got drunk with him he’d share information about the Mets.”

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It’s important for the MLB to ban Callaway so that this does not happen again. There’s no excuses for this behavior, and the Angels made the correct call in firing him immediately.

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