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The Callaway Dilemma

 
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PostPosted: Thu 2/4/21 12:07 pm    Post subject: The Callaway Dilemma Reply with quote

I'm a few days behind on posting about this, but the story about Mickey Callaway has really blown up in the last three days. It almost seems like we should have had a "pattern" thread for this issue, but we don't. We just talked about the Mets firing their GM for lewd behavior. So the question is, why don't the Angels just fire Callaway?
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PostPosted: Fri 2/5/21 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been trying to formulate thoughts to post about this, so let me return to this thread later.
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PostPosted: Sat 2/6/21 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the L.A. Times:

"Allegations Against Angels' Mickey Callaway Prompt Scrutiny of MLB Hiring Practices"

By MIKE DIGIOVANNA, STAFF WRITER
FEB. 4, 2021 6:18 PM PT

Among the numerous quotes from the unnamed women who accused Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway of sexual harassment in a story published by the Athletic this week, this one might be the most damning to Major League Baseball and its 30 teams:

"It was the worst-kept secret in sports."

Callaway, the sports news website alleged, "aggressively pursued" at least five women in the sports media industry over the course of five years, sending three women inappropriate photographs and asking one to send nude photos in return.

In one instance, Callaway "thrust his crotch near the face of a reporter as she interviewed him." In another, he told a woman that "if she got drunk with him, he'd share information about the [New York] Mets."

The behavior reportedly took place while Callaway was the Cleveland pitching coach from 2013-2017, yet that didn't stop the Mets from hiring him as manager in October 2017. It reportedly continued in New York, but that didn't stop the Angels from hiring Callaway before the 2020 season.

"It makes you look negligent," said Dr. John Sullivan, a retired San Francisco State professor of management who has advised numerous Silicon Valley companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, on how to vet candidates for past sexual harassment issues. “You should have checked. You should have known.”

The Angels suspended Callaway, 45, on Tuesday pending an investigation into his behavior, giving MLB its second black eye in two weeks. The Mets fired newly hired General Manager Jared Porter on Jan. 18 after an ESPN report about his sexual harassment of one reporter.

Mets President Sandy Alderson, who hired Porter and was the team's GM when Callaway was hired, said in a statement that he was "appalled" by Callaway's reported actions and "unaware of the conduct described in the story at the time of Mickey's hire or at any time during my tenure as general manager."

The Angels were likewise surprised.

"Never. Never. No," Angels manager Joe Maddon said, when asked if he had heard of any sexual harassment-related complaints about Callaway, who briefly pitched for the Angels during their 2002 World Series run.

"We were all in agreement that Mickey was a good choice. You saw what he did in Cleveland. I knew him since the Angels' World Series days. It was pretty unanimous that he's a really good pitching coach. Regarding the vetting process, I don't know what may have been done."

Whatever was done to screen Callaway and Porter, it clearly wasn't enough.

"You need to make double sure you're not hiring someone whose behavior is going to make everyone else's life miserable," said Sullivan, who has worked with two major league teams in recent years. "What is the cost of hiring a jerk? How many people will suffer? Baseball needs to do better."

But how?

Alderson said the Mets "have already begun a review of our hiring processes to ensure our vetting of new employees is more thorough and comprehensive" but he did not provide details.

Cleveland President Chris Antonetti said on a Thursday video call that he was "disturbed, distraught and saddened" by Callaway's reported behavior, and that the team will "redouble our efforts and make sure we have a safe and
inclusive environment."

The Times reached out to GMs and team presidents from a dozen other clubs, including the Angels, as well as former Angels GM Billy Eppler, who hired Callaway, to inquire about existing vetting processes and how they could be improved.

Nine, including Eppler, didn't respond, and three politely declined comment, an indication of how sensitive the topic is.

"Each team has its own process, which includes background checks and the like," one executive said. "I'm certain there's no such thing as a perfect process."

MLB is conducting separate investigations of Porter and Callaway and is reviewing existing sexual harassment policies to determine how they can be strengthened.

The board of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America met last week with Patrick Courtney, MLB chief communications officer, and Michele Meyer-Shipp, the league's new Chief People & Culture officer, to discuss what actions could be taken to combat sexual harassment in the game.

Among them are a third-party hotline that MLB is setting up for media members to report misconduct or issues of concern, posting MLB’s workplace code of conduct more prominently in clubhouses and making sexual harassment a subject of continuing education, not just a single presentation in spring training.

But the league--which did not make Meyer-Shipp available for comment--can only do so much. Each club is responsible for its own hires, and it's incumbent on them to dig deeper into the backgrounds of potential front-office and on-field personnel.

In addition to the standard reference checks, Sullivan suggests teams hire private detective agencies to conduct FBI-level background checks, which include interviews with colleagues from past jobs and thorough reviews of publicly available legal and divorce records for evidence of sexual harassment or domestic violence.

Sullivan also recommends hiring social media experts to seek out pictures, jokes, comments and behaviors from candidates that could embarrass the team.

“Private detectives, former FBI agents, can find out anything, and social media experts can find anything you've posted in your entire life," Sullivan said. "The FBI literally visits people. They come into the office to conduct interviews. They don't just call or send a text message.

"They don't ask 'yes' questions. They know how people lie and tell mistruths. They check every place you've been. They go through the whole nine yards. The FBI has a process. It's just incredibly expensive, and it takes awhile. I've never known anyone in pro sports to do that. I don't know why they don't."

Another must, in the eyes of Sullivan: Teams should make candidates aware that if they fail to reveal any past sexual harassment issues, they will be fired immediately. This clause should be included in every contract.

"It scares them from lying," Sullivan said. "If you lie and embarrass us, you're not gonna work here."

The challenges facing human resources departments and front-office executives who screen job applicants is that there is no legal requirement for those with knowledge of misconduct to participate in the process or to tell the truth. And a cursory background check probably won't turn up sexual-harassment issues.

The victims of sexual harassment are often reluctant to come forward, so it's imperative for teams to create working conditions in which employees feel safe and comfortable sharing their experiences with club and league officials without fear of reprisal.

The more such inappropriate behavior is exposed, the less chance a sexual harasser has of remaining on the job--or getting another one.

"To the extent that anyone did see or observe any of those behaviors, they were never reported or shared," Antonetti, the Cleveland team president, said of the Callaway accusations. "Had we known the behaviors described in the article, we would have acted upon it, but we didn't."

"We do have outlets in place for people to share when inappropriate behavior happens in the workplace, both internally and through the MLB hotline. But it's clear those aren't sufficient--because behaviors like this are happening, and that's not OK."
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PostPosted: Thu 3/11/21 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the L.A. Times:

"New Details Emerge About Suspended Angels Pitching Coach Mickey Callaway’s Behavior"


By JACK HARRIS, STAFF WRITER
MARCH 2, 2021 8:42 AM PT

TEMPE, Ariz. — Suspended Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway issued a statement to the Athletic in which he admitted to having extramarital affairs, but continued to deny allegations of sexual harassment against him. The statement was published Tuesday morning in a report from the Athletic that described new details about Callaway's alleged behavior toward women. Last month, the Athletic reported the first public allegations against Callaway, when five women in the sports media industry accused him of making inappropriate advances toward them--including comments on their appearance, sending them unsolicited shirtless photos of himself, and in one instance asking for nude photos in return--over a period of five years during which he worked for the Angels, New York Mets and Cleveland Indians.

Tuesday's report included more details about Callaway'’s eight-year tenure in the Indians organization from 2010-17, the final five of which he served as the club’s pitching coach.

The story said he had a reputation for aggressively pursuing women and that the club's female employees warned one another to stay away from him. In 2015, wives of players on the team were reportedly concerned about an affair they perceived Callaway to be having with one woman who was around the team.

The story also described a consensual affair Callaway had with a married woman in Arizona between 2015 and 2017. When the woman's husband found out and confronted Callaway in early 2017, an MLB security officer got involved and a report about the matter was filed with MLB.

The husband also reportedly called the Indians' fan services department so often the situation was brought to the attention of Indians manager Terry Francona, general manager Mike Chernoff and team President Chris Antonetti. Antonetti claimed last month he had no prior knowledge of Callaway’s alleged behavior.

When Callaway was hired by the Mets to be their manager for the 2018 season, the husband also contacted that organization, according to the report, and the matter was brought to the attention of the Mets’ general counsel.

In response to the newly reported details, Callaway emailed this statement to the Athletic:

“While much of the reporting around my behavior has been inaccurate, the truth is that on multiple occasions I have been unfaithful to my wife, and for that I am deeply sorry. What I have never done is use my position to harass or pressure a woman. I am confident that I have never engaged in anything that was non-consensual. I feel truly blessed that my wife and children have stuck with me as the most personal and embarrassing details of my infidelities have been revealed. I will continue to work as hard as I can to repair the rift of trust that I have caused inside of my family.“

The Indians also issued a statement, which read in part: "Our organization continues to actively cooperate with MLB on their investigation into Mickey Callaway. It is important we honor the confidentiality and integrity of that investigation. While we don't believe the reporting to date reflects who we are as an organization, we will not comment further on the specifics of this matter."

Callaway has been suspended by the Angels since Feb. 2, the day after the Athletic first published the allegations against him. The team said in a statement at the time it would "work closely with MLB to conduct a full investigation." An Angels spokesman said Tuesday the team had no additional comment at this time.

Because Callaway denied the original allegations, the league and the Angels were compelled to launch the investigation. On Friday, a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly said the league's investigation remains "ongoing" with no timetable for resolution.

In Callaway's absence this spring, the Angels named bullpen coach Matt Wise as interim pitching coach. Wise, however, has been restricted to remote instruction since Feb. 20 after testing positive for the coronavirus. His in-person responsibilities are being shared by the rest of the Angels pitching staff in the meantime.
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PostPosted: Thu 3/11/21 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like some mixed messages from Chris Antonetti. Now as to Callaway himself, he really is lucky he has a wife who is standing by him through this. You would think he should have undergone some kind of training long before this happened since MLB has become more aware of sexual harassment issues in the last few years.
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