Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins Need to Explain Themselves

Mickey Callaway’s behavior was unacceptable. Everybody reading this understands that fact. In The Athletic’s latest article about Callaway, Katie Strang, Britt Ghiroli, and Ken Rosenthal detail Callaway’s harassment and uncomfortable actions while he was employed by the Cleveland baseball team.

For context, Callaway was hired by Cleveland in 2010, and he served with them in four different roles until 2017. Mark Shapiro, the Blue Jays’ current President, was Cleveland’s President from 2010 until he left to come to Canada in 2015. Ross Atkins, the Blue Jays current GM, was Cleveland’s Director of Player of Development from 2006 through 2014, and served as the club’s Vice President of Player Personnel until he too came to the Blue Jays after the 2015 season.
What this means is that while Mark Shapiro was in charge of Cleveland’s entire organization and Ross Atkins was in charge of their minor league system, Mickey Callaway was hired and then promoted three different times. There were at least four different opportunities for Shapiro or Atkins to evaluate the performance of Callaway and check with others on how people felt about Callaway, and yet he continued to advance in the organization.
It’s difficult to believe that they …

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Author: Gideon Turk / Blue Jays Nation

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