Editorial: MLB’s new harassment hotline a good step

Staff Editorial

In the wake of recent scandals for Major League Baseball, the league has announced the implementation of a new hotline for people to report harassment or discrimination.

This hotline was spurred by controversies surrounding New York Mets general manager Jared Porter, who was fired in January, and Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who is currently suspended. Both men were accused of inappropriate texts to female reporters.

These recent scenarios are likely just the tip of the iceberg as far as harassment is concerned for those involved with major league baseball and the sports community as a whole.

We at The Daily Eastern News believe that having this hotline set up is a good first step for the league, but the task is far from over.

In order for trust to be fully built and for everyone to feel safe around the MLB, women in particular, we need to be sure that reports made to this hotline are investigated fully and properly.

MLB announced that the hotline will be operated by an outside party and then complaints will be handled by either the teams involved or the league itself.

Hopefully this hotline can be useful in making sure the culture around major league baseball is safe and comfortable for all involved.