MLB places former Mets GM Jared Porter on Ineligible List after investigation

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Jared Porter in black sunglasses
Jared Porter in black sunglasses

Following an investigation, MLB has placed former Mets GM Jared Porter on the Ineligible List, commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Wednesday.

Porter must stay on the list at minimum through the 2022 season, after which he can apply for reinstatement.

“My office has completed its investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct by Jared Porter,” Manfred said in an official release. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Porter violated MLB’s policies, and that placement on the Ineligible List is warranted. We are committed to providing an appropriate work environment consistent with our values for all those involved in our game.”

Mets owner Steve Cohen posted a tweet on Jan. 19 to say Porter had been terminated following an ESPN report that detailed explicit text messages and pictures sent to a female reporter in 2016 while he was with the Chicago Cubs.

“There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” Cohen said.

The team also released a statement of its own, saying Porter "failed to meet the Mets’ standards for professionalism and personal conduct.”

Acting GM Zack Scott, who was the assistant GM while Porter was with the team, took over following the termination.

Since Porter’s firing, the Mets also terminated minor league hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis after three women accused him of sexual harassment in 2018. Former Mets manager and Angels pitching coach, Mickey Callaway, was also placed on MLB’s Ineligible List due to aggressive and lewd advances toward five women in sports media reported by The Athletic.

The Mets have implemented a series of changes as a result of its own recent investigation due to the “toxic” workplace culture. Cohen brought in a third-party, WilmerHale, which focused on sexual harassment, misconduct and discrimination issues “to ensure that our community and culture will always be safe, respectful, and inclusive."