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Angels suspend Mickey Callaway after sexual harassment allegations

Mickey Callaway, Angels

The Los Angeles Angels have suspended pitching coach Mickey Callaway following reports the former New York Mets manager had made lewd advances towards multiple women in recent years.

The Halos announced Tuesday they were suspending Callaway pending further investigation and would be compliant with Major League Baseball’s own investigation.

Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reported Callaway’s denial of wrongdoing necessitates an investigation before the Angels can terminate him. However, Gonzalez added both the team and MLB hope to conclude the investigation shortly.

Allegations against Callaway mark the most recent example of sexual misconduct perpetrated by a member of an MLB front office or coaching staff.

Jared Porter was fired shortly after being named the new general manager of the Mets when he acknowledged sending lewd messages and images to a female reporter in 2016.

Callaway could meet a similar fate upon the conclusion of MLB’s investigation. Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang of The Athletic detailed Callaway’s history of inappropriate behavior, which dates back to his days as pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians:

Mickey Callaway, the former New York Mets manager and current pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels, aggressively pursued at least five women who work in sports media, sending three of them inappropriate photographs and asking one of them to send nude photos in return. He sent them unsolicited electronic messages and regularly commented on their appearance in a manner that made them uncomfortable.

Porter’s and Callaway’s stories should ideally prompt greater internal investigations regarding clubhouse culture and better vetting of candidates in high-level positions.