Another report of a Mets employee being let go because of off-field discretions has fans wanting more, better from the organization.
On Wednesday morning The Athletic reported that now former New York Mets hitting coordinator, Ryan Ellis was fired “quietly” last month. His removal from the team came at around the same time Jared Porter was fired for sending explicit and revealing images to a reporter during his time with the Cubs.
This news leaves yet another stain on what has been an up and down offseason for the new regime, headlined by Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson.
The actions of Mickey Callaway, Jared Porter, and now Ryan Ellis are inexcusable, those actions by anyone, famous or not are inexcusable and should be condemned by everyone.
Women should not be afraid to step forward when things like this happen, and in the cases of both Callaway and Ellis, the strong survivors did. Callaway’s situation was even called the “worst kept secret in sports” at the time.
The transgressions of both Callaway and Ellis were reportedly brought to the attention of the front office in the middle of 2018, after now team president Sandy Alderson had resigned from his previous role as the general manager of the club for health reasons.
So the question is simple: Who was in charge?
The answer: Jeff Wilpon.
The former majority owner allegedly received complaints about both individuals’ actions.
Nothing was done.
Jeff and his father, Fred, ran the opposite of a tight ship. They were consistently laughed at for the product on the field (minus a couple years), and mocked for their affiliations with Bernard Madoff, former President Donald Trump, and current Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio. Affiliations aside, their actions during their reign of terror speak volumes.
Although the cases of Callaway and Ellis were made known just this year, how many other instances were brought to the attention of the Wilpons that ultimately fell on deaf ears?
It is time to turn a new leaf as an organization.
Steve Cohen’s leadership group has been trying to right the wrongs in the organization. Although Alderson and company can and will be criticized for the Porter incident, the swift and just firing of Porter was handled well.
The press conference Alderson held after the Mets announced the Porter firing was intense. Alderson sat there and took every question off the chin with a level of humility, admitting and owning up to the organization’s failures.
In the article released by The Athletic on Wednesday regarding the Ellis allegations and firings shared part of an email Alderson sent to all Mets employees. It reads as follows:
“We are expanding out reporting to provide additional outlets for employees who wish to report behavior inconsistent with our policies and values. In addition to the HR department and the Legal Department, employees can call an externally hosted hotline. If you choose the hotline, you can decide whether to identify yourself. It is critical that those who observe inappropriate behavior bring it to the Company’s attention. The information brought to our attention through any of these outlets will be taken seriously and will be investigated by the Company.”
Although this is a good start, more strides need to be taken by the organization.
Women belong in baseball, on the same playing field as men when it comes to positions of power. Hopefully the new regime of the New York Mets will continue to take strides to make the environment around the organization a better and safer game for women who love the industry just as much as men do.
Actions speak louder than words.