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As Major League Baseball continues to investigate published allegations that Mickey Callaway sent unsolicited, lewd messages to five female media members, Indians president Chris Antonetti — part of the front office that put Callaway in his first powerful position — said Thursday his team didn’t know of this purported behavior, nor did it receive any formal inquiries from the Mets after the fact.

Antonetti, who was Cleveland’s general manager when the club appointed Callaway as its pitching coach in 2013, said on a Zoom news conference, “Had we known [of such allegations], we would have acted on them. But we didn’t.”

The Athletic, which broke the story of the allegations, reported that in August 2018 the Mets, during the first of two seasons with Callaway as their manager, “learned of an incident that took place before it hired [Callaway]” and investigated it. The Mets hired Callaway after his fifth season as the Indians’ pitching coach, and the first two alleged incidents of Callaway’s harassment occurred during his time in Cleveland. Three more allegedly happened while Callaway managed the Mets.

Asked if the Indians had heard from the Mets in 2018 concerning any such incidents, Antonetti said, “Not to my knowledge, no. There have never been any complaints against Mickey in his time with us, either to me or to our human resources department or other leaders.”

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Mets president Sandy Alderson, who hired Callaway as well as Jared Porter, whom the Mets had to fire as their general manager less than two months after hiring him after ESPN disclosed his harassment of a female reporter, has said the Mets must do a better job vetting candidates. Antonetti seconded that.

“We are in the process of forming an internal working group specifically focused on thinking about what are the things we can be doing to ensure we’re creating not only a safe and accepting but really inclusive environment for women as well as all under-represented groups in the organization,” Antonetti said.

The Angels have suspended Callaway as their pitching coach while MLB investigates him. Said Antonetti: “We will fully not only cooperate [with the investigation], but we will support it. I imagine that will unfold in the coming weeks.”

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