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How Much Did The Cleveland Indians Know Regarding Mickey Callaway?

The Mickey Callaway saga in Major League Baseball is getting more and more intense. New York Mets President Sandy Alderson came out and admitted on Monday that it was a mistake to hire Callaway as the club’s manager in 2017.

The accusations surrounding Callaway include reports from five women about sexual misconduct. Things got bad for the former Mets manager when The Athletic broke the news, and he was removed from his position as the pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels, pending an investigation.

Now more trouble appears coming for another franchise, the Cleveland Indians, the team that Callaway coached from 2010 to 2017.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that the Indians knew all too well about Callaway’s behavior, that they were aware that Callaway sent messages to women “requesting nude photos” and that he himself was sending lewd images.

Indians president Chris Antonetti said back on February 4th that, despite The Athletic’s account on February 1st, the Tribe never had any issues or complaints about the pitching coach.

“There had never been any complaints against Mickey in his time with us, either to me or to our human resources department or other leaders,” Antonetti said.

Now, though, it sounds like those comments could get the Indians front office into serious trouble if what The Athletic wrote Tuesday is true.

The story says that the Indians were well aware of what was going on with Callaway when he was with the club and that they were none too happy about it.

With allegations like these about the Indians and Callaway, one has to wonder if manager Terry Francona, Antonetti and GM Mike Chernoff are going to have to pay a price if any sort of cover-up was involved.

Francona is expected to speak Tuesday, and there’s no doubt that the matter will come up. The question now is whether the Indians have to take action against their own higher-ups and how the Dolan ownership will deal with anyone who covered up Callaway’s behavior if they knew what was going on.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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