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:
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) February 2, 2021
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:
Source: Mickey Callaway has denied any wrongdoing, which protects him from being fired without an investigation. MLB and the Angels are hoping to wrap up this investigation in relatively short order.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) February 2, 2021
I fully expect Mickey Callaway to be fired as #Angels pitching coach, and probably very soon, but team needs to conduct investigation and go through proper employment channels/due process before making move. Remember, they were recently sued by a former clubhouse manager.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) February 2, 2021
(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.