Former Mets manager and current Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway faces disturbing allegations of unwanted advances in the workplace.
In a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, five women in sports media alleged sexual misconduct of some kind — including sending lewd photographs and making unwanted advances — over the course of the last half-decade while he was a member of three separate MLB organizations.
One of those teams, of course, was the Mets, who are still dealing with the fallout after firing their former GM Jared Porter for a similar action.
Per the five women who were willing to go on the record with The Athletic on the condition of anonymity, Callaway made them uncomfortable in several instances, contacting them through social media, email and text. On a few occasions, he allegedly sent inappropriate photographs, and even asked for nude images in return. Per one woman, Callaway thrust his crotch in her direction during an interview.
Needless to say, it’s a disturbing pattern from a man in an influential position in baseball.
Callaway answered for the allegations against him in a statement
“Rather than rush to respond to these general allegations of which I have just been made aware, I look forward to an opportunity to provide more specific responses. Any relationship in which I was engaged has been consensual, and my conduct was in no way intended to be disrespectful to any women involved. I am married and my wife has been made aware of these general allegations,” Callaway wrote in an email statement to The Athletic.
The New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels and MLB, all commented on the allegations against Callaway as follows:
“The behavior being reported violates the Angels Organization’s values and policies. We take this very seriously and will conduct a full investigation with MLB,” the Angels wrote.
MLB claimed it “has never been notified of any allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior by Mickey Callaway.”
The Mets, meanwhile, stated they looked into an alleged event that took place during Callaway’s tenure only after they were informed of it, which did not take place until eight months following his firing. The team declined comment on that specific allegation.
For Major League Baseball, it’s fair to consider the actions of Porter and Callaway a trend, though the latter has yet to make a formal response or apology for the allegations against him.
We’ll have more on this story once it becomes available.