Former New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway was suspended by Major League Baseball through at least the end of the 2022 season following an investigation of sexual harassment allegations.
Shortly after MLB's announcement of the suspension, the Los Angeles Angels said they had fired Callaway, the team's pitching coach since October 2019. The Angels suspended him on Feb. 2 at the start of MLB's investigation.
Commissioner Rob Manfred did not release details of what MLB’s probe determined, but said in a statement, “I have concluded that Mr. Callaway violated MLB’s policies, and that placement on the ineligible list is warranted.”
In a report published on Feb. 1, The Athletic said Callaway “aggressively pursued” several women who work in sports media and sent three of them inappropriate photos.
Callaway sent uninvited and sometimes unanswered messages to the women via email, text, or social media and asked one to send nude photos in return, according to the report. He often commented on their appearance in a way that made them uncomfortable and on one occasion “thrust his crotch near the face of a reporter” while she interviewed him, The Athletic said.
“It was the worst-kept secret in sports,” said one of the women to The Athletic.
Manfred said once the 2022 season ends, Callaway, 46, can apply for possible reinstatement. He was Cleveland’s pitching coach for five years before managing the Mets from 2018-19.
Los Angeles got a three-run homer in the first inning and a career-high five RBIs from Taylor Ward in a 9-8 win over Texas, holding on despite nearly squandering an 8-0 lead after five innings.
Corey Kluber expected to miss two months with shoulder injury
Yankees righthander Corey Kluber is expected to miss at least two months with a right shoulder injury and first baseman Luke Voit is also headed to the injured list with a right oblique strain.
Kluber was pulled after three innings Tuesday against Toronto in his first outing following a no-hitter last week. An MRI on his shoulder Wednesday revealed a subscapularis strain, which will keep Kluber from throwing for at least four weeks, followed by at least four weeks of rehabilitation.
The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner is being sent for a second MRI with dyeing, a more invasive exam to ensure there’s no other damage.
Kluber was coming off a 101-pitch effort against the Rangers for the 35-year-old’s first no-hitter. New York manager Aaron Boone, who announced the diagnoses shortly after the scheduled game against Toronto was postponed, said he doesn’t believe the no-hitter caused Kluber’s injury.
Kluber (4-3, 3.04 ERA) said Tuesday he felt some tightness in the shoulder warming up for Wednesday’s game, but it’s unclear what caused the injury.
Voit, meanwhile, began to feel discomfort in his side Saturday that worsened Tuesday, prompting an MRI that revealed a Grade 2 strain. After leading the majors with 22 home runs last season, he is hitting .182 with one homer in 12 games after missing the start of the season following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee during spring training.
Wednesday’s game in the Bronx, postponed about two hours before the slated first pitch, is scheduled to be made up as part of a Thursday doubleheader. The same thing will happen across town, the Mets and Colorado also rained out and set for a Thursday doubleheader.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt rips MLB following cap confiscation
Tommy Edman homered twice, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago White Sox, 4-0, to avoid a three-game sweep in a game far more memorable for Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos having his hat confiscated in the seventh inning, presumably due to concerns it had a substance on it to improve his grip. Entering with two on and one out with St. Louis up, 1-0, in the seventh, Gallegos was immediately met by crew chief Joe West, who forced him to change hats. (The cap appeared to have a dark smudge on the brim, which had been spotted by second base umpire Dan Bellino.) Manager Mike Shildt was ejected by West, the third-base umpire and crew chief. “This is baseball’s dirty little secret, and it is the wrong time and the wrong arena to expose it,” Shildt told reporters, explaining his anger. “Are these things that baseball really wants to crack down on? No. I know that first-hand from the commissioner’s office.” He continued that the league should police “the guys that are cheating with some stuff that is really impacting the game and impacting how people play this game?” West — who broke the all-time games umpired record Tuesday — told a pool reporter that Gallegos, who threw 1⅔ perfect innings in a new cap, told him it was sunscreen on his hat. West said he had no intention of ejecting Gallegos for doctoring the ball, and that the confiscation for further inspection was “normal protocol for something like that” . . . Cleveland righthander Zach Plesac will not need surgery after breaking the thumb on his pitching hand while yanking off his undershirt following a rough outing, the team announced before Detroit beat it, 1-0, on just three hits. Plesac is expected to begin a throwing regimen in three weeks . . . Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, and Aledmys Díaz homered as Houston stopped a four-game slide by topping Trevor Bauer — one of the most vocal player critics of their cheating scandal and subsequent championship — and the Dodgers, 5-2 . . . After Andrew Benintendi homered leading off the ninth against J.P. Feyereisen (1-2) to send Kansas City’s game with the Rays to extra innings, fellow former Red Sox Manuel Margot hit a run-scoring single in the 10th inning — just Tampa’s third hit of the game — to deliver a 2-1 victory, Tampa’s 12th in 13 games. Tyler Glasnow scattered three hits for the Rays, struck out 11 and walked two . . . Miguel Sanó hit a three-run homer, leading Minnesota over Baltimore, 3-2, for a three-game sweep and its 15th straight victory over the Orioles dating to March 31, 2018 . . . The Chicago Cubs placed infielder Nico Hoerner on the 10-day injured list before their 4-1 win in Pittsburgh with a strained left hamstring he suffered trying to beat out a bunt in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s victory . . . Milwaukee righthander Josh Lindblom, who turns 34 on June 15, was designated for assignment after struggling as he shifted from the starting rotation to a bullpen role. Lindblom, signed to a three-year contract in December 2019, has a 9.72 ERA in eight relief appearances . . . New Era says it pulled a lampooned “Local Market” line of hats from its website Tuesday and is apologizing for design inaccuracies on the caps meant to pay homage to communities with big league clubs. The series included one cap for each team featuring the club’s primary logo, area codes for the surrounding communities, and various iconography meant to represent the area. Boston’s, for example, included an image of the Paul Revere statue, a tri-cornered hat, a lobster roll, and the five eastern Mass. area codes. New Era said it would “review the design accuracy of all the caps,” which were lambasted on social media — including by some team accounts ― Tuesday. The company said the caps were introduced in November 2020.