Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced Callaway’s ineligibility on Wednesday. He issued the following statement about the disciplinary decision:
“My office has completed its investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Mickey Callaway. 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. 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. Harassment has no place within Major League Baseball, and we are committed to providing an appropriate work environment for all those involved in our game.”
Callaway’s placement on the ineligible list is effective immediately. Officials say it will continue, at minimum, until the end of the 2022 Championship Season.
At that time, Callaway will be eligible to apply for potential reinstatement.
Indians Owner Paul Dolan also issued a statement regarding the league’s disciplinary action:
“We want to thank Commissioner Manfred and Major League Baseball for their diligent work on the matter involving Mickey Callaway, and we especially want to thank all of the people within the organization and across the industry who spoke with investigators and shared their experiences. As the Commissioner noted, sexual harassment has no place in any organization.
In an effort to understand and learn from this experience, the Commissioner’s Office shared with us forward-looking recommendations based on insights they gleaned from the time Mickey Callaway was a member of our organization. While we were not provided with details of the report or of individual experiences or accounts, there was no finding against the Cleveland Indians related to the Callaway matter. At the same time, the information the Commissioner’s Office shared reinforces our own conclusion that we did not do enough as an organization to create an environment where people felt comfortable reporting the inappropriate conduct they experienced or witnessed.
We have contracted with an external expert with extensive experience related to workplace culture and reporting practices to help strengthen the organization. We are dedicated to ensuring this work remains an ongoing organizational priority and look forward to working with them on best practices for education, training and reporting to accelerate our progress in these areas.”
Chris Antonetti, President of Baseball Operations for the Cleveland Indians, spoke with FOX 8 about the decision Wednesday evening.
“I have a great deal of respect for the thoroughness of the investigation and how it was. I have a great deal of respect for commissioner Manfred, and his decision. So, I’ll just leave it at that,” he told John Teloch.
Antonetti also advocated for creating a safe environment moving forward.
“We need to make sure we create an environment moving forward,” said Antonetti. “First and foremost that these behaviors don’t happen, but then, at the extent they do, people always feel comfortable and safe reporting.”