Following a recent report from former Mets manager and current Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway, the sexual harassment of Mickey Callaway, MLB and Cleveland were likely aware of his behavior while working for the club, according to AthleticBrittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang.
In a report published by Athletic on February 1, five women spoke about their experiences with Callaway over a five-year period, with one woman calling his behavior “the least kept secret in sports.” Callaway reportedly sent inappropriate photographs and unsolicited messages to “at least five women who work in sports media.”
The next day, Angels suspended Callaway and said they would work closely with MLB, which is investigating his conduct while employed at multiple organizations.
ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez reported Callaway has denied any wrongdoing, which protects him from being fired without an investigation.
On February 4, Cleveland President Chris Antonetti spoke to the media, saying he was “disturbed, distraught and saddened” by reports about Callaway, who worked for the organization from 2010 to 17. Antonetti said he learned about the accounts from the February 1 report.
“There had never been any complaints against Mickey during his time with us, either to me or to our HR department or to other executives,” Antonetti said at the press conference.
Since the publication of the first report, other women have spoken to Athletic to share their Callaway accounts “by sending them inappropriate messages and / or photos, making unwanted advances and more while they were working for [Cleveland]. “
In 2017, a man repeatedly called the club’s fan services department to report that Callaway had sent “pornographic material” to his wife. According to Athletic, Antonetti, General Manager Mike Chernoff and Manager Terry Francona have been briefed on the man’s story. During a taped phone call, a team attorney spoke with the woman and said Cleveland was “pissed off as hell” at Callaway. The husband was reportedly contacted by an MLB security official, and the man then emailed the league directly about Callaway.
“I burst out laughing when I saw the quote (in the original report) that said it was baseball’s least kept secret, because it was,” said a Cleveland employee. Athletic. “It was the organization’s least kept secret.”
On Monday, Mets president Sandy Alderson said the team was “short-sighted” in their recruiting process when checking out Callaway.
Alderson hired Callaway in October 2017, after serving as the Cleveland pitching coach. Callaway spent two seasons as manager of the Mets before he was fired and landed a job with the Angels.
According to Athletic, the Mets learned in August 2018 of an incident involving Callaway that occurred before New York City hired him. While the team reportedly investigated the case, the Mets declined to disclose the nature of the incident or its outcome.