Former Mets Manager Mickey Callaway Placed on MLB's Ineligible List Through 2022

Blake SchusterContributor IMay 26, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)  Manager Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 06, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball placed former New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway on the ineligible list through the end of the 2022 season "at minimum," commissioner Rob Manfred announced in a Wednesday statement. 

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway, accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and mistreatment, has been banned by Major League Baseball through the end of the 2022 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred said an investigation found that “Callaway violated MLB’s policies.” pic.twitter.com/4qtKAnzo8O

The move follows the completion of an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Callaway, first raised in a report by Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang of The Athletic before the 2021 season. 

Callaway was serving as pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels at the time of The Athletic's report and had since been suspended pending the league investigation. According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Angels fired Callaway effective immediately following the release of MLB's findings. 

Andy Martino @martinonyc

MLB places Mickey Callaway on ineligible list through at least 2022. I was told by one source that MLB's Dept of Investigations conducted approx 50 interviews in the sexual harassment probe. A second source close to investigation said it was actually even more.

Manfred addressed placing Callaway on the ineligible list in a statement: 

"Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Callaway violated MLB's policies, and that placement on the Ineligible List is warranted. We want to thank the many people who cooperated with our Department of Investigations [DOI] in their work, which spanned Mr. Callaway's positions with three different Clubs. The Clubs that employed Mr. Callaway each fully cooperated with DOI, including providing emails and assisting with identifying key witnesses. Harassment has no place within Major League Baseball, and we are committed to providing an appropriate work environment for all those involved in our game."

Callaway served as pitching coach for Cleveland from 2013 to 2017 before the Mets hired him for two seasons. He joined the Angels in 2020 after his tenure in New York came to an end in 2019. 

In a statement released through a spokesperson, Callaway accepted MLB's decision and apologized to "the women who shared with investigators any interaction that made them feel uncomfortable." 

Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

Mickey Callaway has been placed on MLB’s ineligible list following its investigation over his alleged sexual misconduct. Here’s a statement from Callaway, passed along by a spokesperson ... pic.twitter.com/Y4DpHNtR1P

Callaway is eligible to apply for reinstatement following the conclusion of the 2022 World Series, though it's unclear what requirements he must meet in order to resume working in MLB.

The treatment of women by Callaway was described as the "worst-kept secret" within the Cleveland organization by a team employee and reportedly continued when he became the manager in New York. 

Nearly two dozen Cleveland employees who spoke to The Athletic said the coach's sexual misconduct "permeated the workplace" and it would've been difficult for top officials to be unaware of his actions. 

Keith Britton @KeithBritton86

#Indians owner Paul Dolan releases statement with conclusion of Mickey Callaway investigation pic.twitter.com/eL6fPkcrgi

Cleveland chairman Paul Dolan has since admitted the franchise did not do enough to build an inclusive culture or necessary processes for those impacted by Callaway's actions to rely on. The team has since hired a "external expert" to help address the team's shortcomings in those areas. 

Similarly, New York Mets chairman Steve Cohen—who purchased the team following Callaway's tenure—hired a law firm to review the team's workplace culture following the allegations against its former manager. 

“Let me be clear," Cohen wrote in a memo obtained by The Athletic. "There is no place in our organization for such conduct.”

Callaway becomes the sixth person currently on the ineligible list under Manfred along with Jenrry Mejia, Chris Correa, John Coppolella, Brandon Taubman and Roberto Alomar.