MLB adds harassment hotline after recent scandals

New York, New York - Major League Baseball (MLB) has created an independently operated hotline for people to report sexual harassment or discrimination after recent allegations sparked an outcry.

Major League Baseball has come under fire for two recent sexual harassment scandals.
Major League Baseball has come under fire for two recent sexual harassment scandals.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

"MLB and its Clubs will continue to strive to create environments in which individuals feel accepted; and when they do not, they feel comfortable speaking up without fear of recrimination, retaliation, or ostracism," MLB wrote in a statement on its website.

"Because it is imperative that we are made aware of inappropriate conduct so that it may be addressed and remedied, MLB and its Clubs will provide multiple avenues for any individual to make a complaint, with an option to remain anonymous. All MLB and Club employees will be held accountable for inappropriate conduct, regardless of an individual's seniority, rank, or stature," the statement continues.

The moves comes after then-New York Mets general manager Jared Porter confessed to sending inappropriate messages and images to a female reporter in 2016.

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Former Mets manager and current LA Angels coach Mickey Callaway was subject to similar allegations by five other women working in sports media, but has denied the charges so far. One anonymous woman accused Callaway of "thrusting his crotch near her face" while the reporter was conducting an interview with him, The Athletic reported.

The Mets and the Angels have suspended both Porter and Callaway in the wake of the investigations.

"Harassment and discrimination have no place within or around Major League Baseball – we must work together to build an even playing field for all those involved in our beloved game," the website reads.

Anyone who wants to issue a complaint of harassment or misbehavior may now call the Speak Up hotline at 1-844-993-0562.

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