Los Angeles Angels Suspend Pitching Coach Mickey Callaway Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Los Angeles Angels Suspend Pitching Coach Mickey Callaway Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Late last night, The Athletic dropped a significant story about Los Angeles Angels pitching coach, and former New York Mets manager (and former Cleveland Indians pitching coach), Mickey Callaway. For years, across those three teams, Callaway allegedly harassed at least five women working in the media, sending unwanted texts, making sexually suggestive comments, shoulder rubbing, crotch thrusting, and more. It’s quite awful.

In response, the Angels have suspended Callaway pending an investigation with MLB:

The expectation is that Callaway will ultimately be fired for his conduct – the Mets fired Jared Porter immediately – but they seem to want to do things in a certain way:

(That clubhouse manager lawsuit is the one involving the distribution of grip enhancing substances.)

It can’t be said enough that, in addition to repeated and incessant unwanted sexual advances at women being its own serious problem, the power dynamics at play in this story are really troubling. You have a manager – from whom members of the media necessarily seek access – allegedly making sexual suggestions toward women trying to do their job. Not only is that behavior bad enough on its own, it then can create long-lasting trauma for women who have to constantly battle themselves internally about what to do, what to say, who to trust, etc.

If the allegations are accurate – there appears to be little reason to doubt them at the moment, given the volume of and consistency of the stories, though Callaway denies the allegations – Callaway will be terminated, and will probably be out of MLB for good.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.