On Monday night, The Athletic ran a detailed piece from Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang that featured five women in sports media saying that former New York Mets’ manager and current Los Angeles Angels’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway made unwanted sexual advances to them, including sending three of them inappropriate photographs. The Angels responded with a terse statement (tweeted at 9:40 p.m. ET, 6:40 p.m. PT) saying they’d investigate alongside MLB, but that statement didn’t even include a suspension for Callaway (seen above in 2018 during his time with the Mets). On Tuesday, at 3:33 p.m. ET (so almost 17 hours after their first statement), the Angels issued another one saying that they’ve now suspended Callaway:
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) February 2, 2021
This makes the Mets’ timeline of firing GM Jared Porter after an ESPN report on past explicit texts he’d sent to a female journalist look downright speedy in response, with that firing coming less than 12 hours after the initial report was published. And that was a firing, not a suspension. They still made missteps along the way, including an initial statement from president Sandy Alderson that mostly just said they’d review the facts (Alderson later admitted that statement was sent before he read the story), but they wound up with a firing far faster than it took the Angels to even announce a suspension. And that’s remarkable considering that a general manager is rather more important than a pitching coach.
It’s still quite possible that this winds up in Callaway’s termination, of course. But the Angels definitely weren’t quick to even announce Callaway’s suspension, and the amount of time it took them to come up with that minimal amount of discipline feels remarkable considering the severity of the accusations here. (And it also feels remarkable considering that Callaway isn’t exactly in a crucial role at the moment; it’s not like they’re playing games or even conducting spring training right now and need to quickly fill his spot.) We’ll see where the Angels go from here.
[Los Angeles Angels on Twitter]