(Anaheim) Pitching coach Mickey Callaway was suspended by the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday after allegations of inappropriate behavior towards several women working in sports media.
The Angels announced their decision a day after the allegations against the former New York Mets manager were posted on The Athletic website.
The Angels “will work closely with the MLB to conduct a full investigation,” club spokeswoman Marie Garvey said.
A person familiar with the Angels’ decision to suspend Callaway has said he has denied any wrongdoing.
Under California law, that means he cannot be fired for what is defined as just cause without a full investigation of him.
The investigation of the Angels and Major League Baseball will begin quickly and may be concluded this month.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the big leagues are not releasing details of the investigation.
Callaway joined the Angels in October 2019, three weeks after being sacked by the Mets after two years at the helm.
Prior to that, the former majors pitcher spent five seasons as a pitching instructor for the Cleveland Indians.
The five women who spoke to The Athletic on condition of anonymity gave detailed accounts of several instances of Callaway’s aggressive and inappropriate acts over the course of five years.
Callaway sent the women unsolicited messages via email, text or social media and asked one of them to send nude photos in return, according to The Athletic.
We also read that he often said things about their appearance in a way that made them uncomfortable.
Another time he allegedly told one of the women that he would share information about the Mets if she got to the point of drunkenness with him.
More than one woman reportedly received a shirtless “selfie” or more from him, and one said he massaged her shoulders in the shelter, though he believed no one was watching.
Two of the women said they had been warned about Callaway’s behavior by other members of the media and others in baseball, according to The Athletic.