Former Mets Manager Mickey Callaway Accused of Lewd Behavior

Just weeks after Mets ex GM Jared Porter reports of sending 62 unsolicited text messages followed by a lewd photo of himself, Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang of The Athletic release a story about 5 women accusing former Mets Manager Mickey Callaway of lewd behavior.

Mickey Callaway, the former New York Mets manager and current pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels, aggressively pursued at least five women who work in sports media, sending three of them inappropriate photographs and asking one of them to send nude photos in return. He sent them unsolicited electronic messages and regularly commented on their appearance in a manner that made them uncomfortable. In one instance, he thrust his crotch near the face of a reporter as she interviewed him. In another, he told one of the women that if she got drunk with him he’d share information about the Mets. 
-The Athletic https://theathletic.com/2360126/2021/02/01/mickey-callaway-mets-lewd-behavior/

The story also mentions that the Mets learned about the stories about 10 months after Callaway joined the organization in August 2018. This is not a good look for Baseball as the season is coming closer to a start.

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Mets Named Zack Scott As Acting General Manager

In the presser after Jared Porter was fired for sharing lewd pictures to a foreign reporter, one of the questions asked was if Sandy was considering promoting Zack to the GM position. Sandy responded by saying that’s an option they have to consider but needed to check with Zack first.

As the Acting GM, I expect Zack to get a test run and if he performs to the Mets standards (and if no skeletons are revealed) before they consider him for a permanent GM role next season. For now, I hope that the Mets can continue to make moves to improve the season by addressing the needs (LHP relief pitcher, adding another starting pitcher, and defensive upgrades at CF) before the start of the 2021 season.

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Poll: The Outfield Conundrum

Earlier on in the week, I had created a poll on Twitter and here it is:

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So assuming that the D.H. will not be apart of the National League and that the Mets acquire a natural centerfielder, what should the front office do with the abundance of corners.

Whether it be George Springer or Jackie Bradley, either acquisition will cause Nimmo to be bumped from center. The Mets have the option to put him and his amazing OBP in left field while providing better defense.

This move would bump Dom Smith to the bench. With Smith’s popularity spreading like a wildfire, it’s no surprise that only 4% would opt to trade Dom.

If the Mets decide to use Smith in left, this will push Nimmo to the bench and that would probably make him one of the best fourth outfielders in the game. And while Corné would choose to trade Nimmo as he stated on The Mets Junkies Podcast, 24% of the voters agree with him.

I was surprised to see that a whopping 72% would actually hold onto both players. This would entail some creative in-game lineup and defensive changes, but with the D.H. potentially coming back to being universal in 2022, this would make them extremely stacked.

Thank you to the 344 voters that participated on Twitter and don’t forget to follow us. We look forward to you taking part in the current poll on Joey Lucchesi as well as many more in the future.

Is Porter’s job as GM in jeopardy after admitting to sexual misconduct?

ESPN is reporting that Mets General Manager Jared Porter sent sexually inappropriate messages and photo of his penis to a reporter in 2016. Porter was the Director of Professional Scouting to the Chicago Cubs at the time.

The unidentified woman has since left journalism however did recently give this statement to ESPN through an interpreter.

“My number one motivation is I want to prevent this from happening to someone else,” she told ESPN through an interpreter. “Obviously he’s in a much greater position of power. I want to prevent that from happening again. The other thing is I never really got the notion that he was truly sorry.”

She also shared the following about the differences in culture in pertains to such a terrible situation.

“I know in the U.S. there is a women’s empowerment movement. But in [my home country], it’s still far behind,” the woman said. “Women get dragged through the mud if your name is associated with any type of sexual scandal. Women are the ones who get fingers pointed at them. I don’t want to go through the victimization process again. I don’t want other people to blame me.”

Team President Sandy Alderson has told ESPN that he’s spoken to Porter to directly in regards to the events that took place in 2016.

“Jared has acknowledged to me his serious error in judgment, has taken responsibility for his conduct, has expressed remorse and has previously apologized for his actions. The Mets take these matters seriously, expect professional and ethical behavior from all of our employees, and certainly do not condone the conduct described in your story. We will follow up as we review the facts regarding this serious issue.”

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Mets acquire Joey Lucchesi in three-team trade

In the same trade that’s sending Joe Musgrove to the Padres, the Padres will be sending left hander Joey Lucchesi to the Mets.

The Mets will send prospect Endy Rodriguez to the Pirates. Rodriguez was ranked the Mets 14th top prospect and spent time between catcher and the outfield.

Lucchesi is 18-20 and owns a 4.21 ERA in 299.1 career innings pitched. He’s struck out 308 batters giving him a 9.3 K/9 rate with a 1.28 WHIP.

The left hander will give the Mets some competition in the back-end of the rotation with Peterson and Matz.

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MetsJunkies Predictions: Francisco Lindor

The Mets have their star shortstop in Frankie “Mr. Smile” Lindor. How would the 27 year old fare in his first year in Queens? Let’s predict.

Corne Hogeveen

I love Frankie Lindor. The Smile, the great defense, the personality and him being a true 5 tool player. Predicting stats is mostly based on offense, but his overall game is so good, that his offensive prediction doesn’t justify how good Lindor is. However, we are still going to predict.

I expect Lindor to thrive in Queens. Our good friend Frank from the YouTube channel Frank about Sports predicted Lindor to hit 40 bombs. I do believe he will be great, but don’t see 40 homers. I expect his overall numbers will be beter than his career norm. His RBIs will be higher because I have him slotted behind Nimmo and McNeil, who get on base.

.284/.358/.506 with 35 homeruns and 107 RBI’s

Gem Tablak:

Lindor is a spark plug that’ll definitely bat towards the top of this New York Mets lineup, however will he be leading off? Will he be slotted in the 2-hole? Or will the Mets try to get as much production out of him in the 3-spot? These are important things to consider going forward.

With Lindor switching leagues as well as City’s, I think there might be a bit of an adjustment period during this 2021 campaign. I love where other projections have him but I have him doing slightly less… at least when it comes to the “sexier” stats.

.277/.342/.506 with 28 Home Runs and 89 RBI’s. While 28 home runs isn’t too shabby, I expect Lindor to split the gaps and hit over 45 doubles.

Del Alba:

Lindor is the piece the Mets needed to solidifying their offense. He brings speed and power combo and will be a major defensive upgrade. He’s the type of player that has the energy that can start rallys and encourage other team mates to do well. The superstar SS should have a solid year with this amazing Mets offense.

.280/.350/.500 30 HR and 105 RBI and ill add 100 Runs with 20 SB.

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What Bryant’s Deal Means for the Mets

It’s no secret that the Mets are looking for a defensive upgrade at third base, an upgrade that still has a heavy hitting stick in the batters box. Arenado’s name has come up, however the way I see it, the Dodgers are the best fit for him.

That leaves Kris Bryant for the New York Mets. It’s important to include and understand that Bryant and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration worth $19.5M. So if the the Mets want to strike up a deal, this is something that obviously needs to be taken into consideration.

The Cubs are in salary dump mode, so they very well may ask any team involved in trade talks to pick up a huge majority of that $19.5M. This will allow the team discussing a Bryant acquisition to give up less from the farm, prospect wise.

Baseball Trade Values

With the Chicago Cubs unloading assets, the best prospects and players you can possibly acquire in return are probably pitchers and shortstops.

While Junior Santos is not a household name, the righty now currently ranks ninth in the Mets list of Top 30 Prospects after Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene were shipped to Cleveland as part of the Lindor package.

The Mets could package catcher Ali Sanchez in the deal, which shouldn’t be a deal maker but with the Cubs potentially shopping Willson Contreras around, as well, Sanchez and a few dollars could help sweeten the offer.

Sanchez isn’t projected to be much more than a back-up backstop, however the Cubs aren’t shooting for a World Series ring in 2021. But, Santos will add a solid name to their list of prospects as well as a top of the line, up and coming pitcher.

However, the patience of Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson, Jared Porter, and Zack Scott have proven to be a commodity so far. So while the roster would be stacked and loaded, they could still potential hold onto J.D. Davis in all of this.

However, if that were to be the case, I’d imagine the Mets would be looking into flipping the young and controllable slugger for a couple of prospects to replenish the farm system.

While many would love to include Familia in the trade for the Mets to free up some salary as well as a roster spot in the bullpen, the Cubs would not be inclined to do so. The Mets would need to include the likes of JT Ginn or even PCA, Pete Crow-Armstrong.

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Mets sign 14 IFA’s

While everyone is focused on what the Mets could be doing on the Free Agent Market, let’s not turn a blind eye to what’s happening in the International Free Agent Market.

While the Mets have usually not been shy about opening their wallets to IFA’s, the front office seems to be taking a different approach this time around.

Here’s a list of the IFA’s the Mets have signed so far:

OF Gustavo Marquez

RHP Elian Nuñez – This right has a fastball that sits in the upper 80’s and pairs it alongside a tight curveball.

OF Johairo Cuevas

RHP Enderson Arevalo

SS Diego Mosquera

SS Samual Camacaro

RHP Aaron Martinez

RHP Lennerd Ramos

LHP Inmer Lobo

C Ruben Tatis

OF Sebastian Castro

SS Isaac Lechuga

SS Jensy Silvestre

SS Yoendy Perez

Source: Mike Mayer

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