Mickey Callaway has been placed on the ineligible list by the MLB after their investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct and will remain on the list until the end of the 2022 season. The details of the misconduct were originally reported by The Athletic.
Rob Manfred, the commissioner of the MLB, stated on Wednesday that, “Callaway’s actions violated MLB policies and his placement into the ineligible list is warranted.”
Callaway made a statement acknowledging his misbehavior, “In my 25 years in professional baseball I have never taken for granted the privilege of being even a small part of this great game of ours. To say I regret my past poor choices would be an understatement. I remain hopeful that I can return to baseball when eligible at the conclusion of next season, but for now, I plan to work on my own shortcomings and repairing any damage I have caused with my colleagues and, particularly, my family.”
Five women who all work in sports media and reported the details of the misconduct to The Athletic under the condition of anonymity, accused Callaway of a history of inappropriate behavior including sending shirtless photos, request for nudes and one instance of Callaway thrusting his crotch in a reporter’s face during an attempted interview. The inappropriate behavior spanned on for five seasons and during his employment with three organizations, the Cleveland Indians, the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels.
Mickey Callaway was a former pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians for five seasons, then being hired as the Mets’ manager in 2017, fired after two seasons for going 163-161 and failing to reach the playoffs at the end. Callaway would be hired by the Angels shortly, after his dismissal from the Mets, before being suspended in February, as the MLB investigation went for three months.
The Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan made a statement regarding the Callaway investigation that the Indians organization were not provided details about the MLB’s investigation and concluded that, “the information the Commissioner’s Office shared reinforces our own conclusion that we did not do enough as an organization to create an environment where people felt comfortable reporting the inappropriate conduct they experienced or witnessed.”
The Los Angeles Angels have since then fired Callaway and “fully supports” the league’s decision in his placement to the ineligibility list.