Mickey Callaway was fired by the Los Angeles Angels and placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list for a period of two seasons on Wednesday, following an MLB investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him, MLB.com reports.
The former manager and pitching coach’s placement on the ineligible list is immediate and forbids him from employment with an MLB or affiliated Minor League team. Callaway, 46, is eligible to apply for reinstatement after the 2022 season, at the earliest.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that harassment has no place in the MLB and that the league is committed to providing an appropriate work environment for all those involved in the game.
“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,” Manfred said in a statement. “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.”
The Athletic first reported the allegations against Callaway in February when five women in the sports media industry anonymously accused him of making inappropriate advances toward them. The allegations included comments on their appearance, sending unsolicited shirtless photos of himself and, in one instance, requesting nude photos in return.
Callaway issued the following statement to ESPN through a spokesperson:
“My family and I fully support MLB’s strong stance against harassment and discrimination and are grateful to the Commissioner and his office for their thorough investigation. I apologize to the women who shared with investigators any interaction that made them feel uncomfortable. To be clear, I never intended to make anyone feel this way and didn’t understand that these interactions might do that or violate MLB policies. However, those are my own blind spots, and I take responsibility for the consequences.”