Major League Baseball Is Having Their Me Too Movement


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Late last night it was reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that former Mets Manager Mickey Callaway sent inappropriate text messages and photos to a female reporter. This is another terrible look for Major League Baseball. Just two weeks earlier Jared Porter former Mets General Manager, also sent inappropriate photos to a beat writer. This forced her to quit the industry entirely. Now, what does this mean for the Mets and Major League Baseball? First taking out the Lol Mets, this is a serious problem in the industry. This happened across multiple organizations. If you believe Ken Rosenthal, if this was known across the industry, why doesn’t anyone talk about it? I think just like in every big corporation, they never thought it would come out. The MLB is having their Me Too Movement now because of it. Obviously, both Mickey and Jared Porter deserve to lose their jobs and should never work again, but what can the MLB do to stop it? As Mets Team President Sandy Alderson said “The MLB has to do a better job of doing background checks.” I also think they should ask the beat writers what they know now. If this was already pretty well known in the beat writer's circle, who else do they have information on? People knew what Mickey Callaway was doing. I’m also tired of hearing this is the New York Mets fault. In both cases organizations like the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs did not tell Sandy Alderson anything about these two in the hiring process. In fact, when it came to the Jared Porter situation, ESPN's MLB insiders knew three weeks in advance and they did not inform the Mets organization. Perhaps the Indians and Cubs organizations were unaware of the situations as well. All in all, I don’t fault the Mets organization. As soon as they found out about the Porter situation he was fired. In the Mickey Callaway situation, he was already let go from the Mets organization a year before this information came out, fired for being an incompetent manager. That is a story for another day though. All in all, I don’t think the situation is over. Now that the floodgates are open, more and more stories will come out, and likely will likely continue to do so in the future. The sport we love still has a lot of problems to work out in the near future.