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As there was no reference to him in the article, I am assuming Dolan knew little if anything about these situations., He does not appear to be part of the day to day...which has always been a good thing in baseball terms. I'm not sure how he will now feel in the wake of this article, etc...
The husband continued to call the Indians’ fan service department, where a low-level employee would answer and route the call to the team’s public relations and communications staff. At some point later that summer, the husband was calling so frequently — basically “every other day,” according to a source — that the team’s PR and communications staff brought the matter to the attention of Francona, general manager Chernoff and Antonetti.

“This issue was addressed with him by the three highest-ranking baseball officials,” said a former employee.

That summer, the woman in Arizona spoke on the phone with Tom Mannion, a partner at a Cleveland law firm.

“(Callaway) shouldn’t have done it. He’s wrong; he knows that,” Mannion said during one call, which the wife recorded in August 2017.

Mannion continued: “I’ve actually talked to Francona and he told me he was willing to talk to your husband and you, and he said this has cost Mickey huge financially. It has cost him huge within the organization … he told me, he said, ‘Tom, I’m not losing my pitching coach.’”


If that is not complicit on Francona's part - I am not sure what is. They knew they had a problem and did little to nothing about it for years. It was only when push came to shove that the org did anything but try to keep a lid on it. Can't say on the Dolan front - my info at that time didn't rise above Antonetti.
 

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The husband continued to call the Indians’ fan service department, where a low-level employee would answer and route the call to the team’s public relations and communications staff. At some point later that summer, the husband was calling so frequently — basically “every other day,” according to a source — that the team’s PR and communications staff brought the matter to the attention of Francona, general manager Chernoff and Antonetti.

“This issue was addressed with him by the three highest-ranking baseball officials,” said a former employee.

That summer, the woman in Arizona spoke on the phone with Tom Mannion, a partner at a Cleveland law firm.

“(Callaway) shouldn’t have done it. He’s wrong; he knows that,” Mannion said during one call, which the wife recorded in August 2017.

Mannion continued: “I’ve actually talked to Francona and he told me he was willing to talk to your husband and you, and he said this has cost Mickey huge financially. It has cost him huge within the organization … he told me, he said, ‘Tom, I’m not losing my pitching coach.’”


If that is not complicit on Francona's part - I am not sure what is. They knew they had a problem and did little to nothing about it for years. It was only when push came to shove that the org did anything but try to keep a lid on it. Can't say on the Dolan front - my info at that time didn't rise above Antonetti.
Any thought as to Dolan knowledge or involvement? The reporting does not really indicate or even hint at it...
 

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In the wake of the revelations about Callaway’s behavior under their watch, Indians and Mets officials have attempted to look forward. Antonetti said it’s his “responsibility as a leader of this organization to redouble our efforts to make sure that we have a safe and inclusive environment.” Alderson said the Mets have “begun a review of our hiring processes to ensure our vetting of new employees is more thorough and comprehensive.” MLB has announced it is updating its harassment and discrimination policies.

Some who lived through Callaway’s time in Cleveland and were subjected to his aggressive advances questioned how the men who once supervised Callaway can be trusted to fix the culture that allowed him to operate so brazenly.

Said one former female Indians employee: “Either they were too afraid to say anything, or he was (doing) too good of a job (for them) to say anything.”
 

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Any thought as to Dolan knowledge or involvement? The reporting does not really indicate or even hint at it...
It would be a guess for sure - but given that, I kind of doubt it. Not really an issue I would see it being brought to that level. An issue that people at, and below Antonetti are charged with handling. Not sure I see them running to the "big boss" to tell him how bad a job they had been doing.
 

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MLB has decided that the AAA season will be delayed.. at least a month.. more to come..
 

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MLB has decided that the AAA season will be delayed.. at least a month.. more to come..
Despite this setback, Passan writes that there’s hope the delay to the Triple-A slate will allow for the vaccination of players and a full season. The campaign will last into September if it opens in May.

It would be nice to see them get a full season in...even if stretched out to September.
 

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why would they delay the AAA season? Vaccinations are going up and will only continue to do so......risk at that age level and health status is less than most others.......this seems like an unnecessary precaution
 

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why would they delay the AAA season? Vaccinations are going up and will only continue to do so......risk at that age level and health status is less than most others.......this seems like an unnecessary precaution

They didn’t want unvaccinated players from AAA being called up to big league clubs who have already been vaccinated.

Given their age level and health status, there is no reason NOT to wait a month so that they can vaccinate more players, take the precaution and just play a full season a month behind.

Considering the April weather, it’s more likely that they’ll enjoy less cancellations than normal anyway.

Plus teams get to utilize the Alt Site again which teams are largely on board with.


Very little resistance to this move on both sides.
 

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They didn’t want unvaccinated players from AAA being called up to big league clubs who have already been vaccinated.

Have MLB players been vaccinated? I thought they didn't want them to jump the line. And, the big question is even if they get first shots by May 1 in 2 months where we are only at age 60 here (Pres Biden says all adults by end of May), how long till 2nd shot (if Moderna or Pfizer) and time needed to build immunity from shot? Could push it to June or July?
 

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Have MLB players been vaccinated? I thought they didn't want them to jump the line. And, the big question is even if they get first shots by May 1 in 2 months where we are only at age 60 here (Pres Biden says all adults by end of May), how long till 2nd shot (if Moderna or Pfizer) and time needed to build immunity from shot? Could push it to June or July?

I don't think there is a plan in place at the league level.

I'm honestly not sure where it stands as of now, but I also don't think there is much interest in pushing the season back any further.

There is no tangible difference to the delay they put in place now, but that changes if they push back again.
 

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Jordan Humphreys continues his trek thru baseball. He's now in San Diego after a short stop in San Fran.
 

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Looking like this is Francona's Fried Chicken and Beer Pt 2. Only instead of losing the clubhouse, he lets Dick Pick Mick run rampant so he can keep getting tips on ramping up his LinkedIn game.
 

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I just thought this was cool. I've thrown one perfectly still knuckleball in my life, and watching it work was better than sex.


Knuckleball better than sex? That is probably because you are not doing sex with the proper spin rate.
 
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