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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway was placed on the ineligible list by Major League Baseball on Wednesday after an investigation of sexual harassment claims against him. Several hours later, the Angels fired him.

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Callaway, 46, will be on the ineligible list at least through the end of the 2022 season, the Los Angeles Times reported. He has been suspended since Feb. 2.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement Wednesday that investigators concluded that Callaway “violated MLB’s policies and that placement on the ineligible list is warranted.”

The Angels issued a follow-up statement announcing Callaway’s dismissal, adding, “We appreciate Major League Baseball’s diligent investigation and support their decision.”

Callaway will be eligible to apply for potential reinstatement at the end of the 2022 season, ESPN reported.

Through a spokesperson, Callaway said in a statement that he and his family “fully support MLB’s strong stance against harassment and discrimination and are grateful to the Commissioner and his office for their thorough investigation.”

“I apologize to the women who shared with investigators any interaction that made them feel uncomfortable,” Callaway said in a statement to ESPN. “To be clear, I never intended to make anyone feel this way and didn’t understand that these interactions might do that or violate MLB policies. However, those are my own blind spots, and I take responsibility for the consequences.

“In my 25 years in professional baseball I have never taken for granted the privilege of being even a small part of this great game of ours. To say I regret my past poor choices would be an understatement,” Callaway said. “I remain hopeful that I can return to baseball when eligible at the conclusion of next season, but for now, I plan to work on my own shortcomings and repairing any damage I have caused with my colleagues and, particularly, my family.”

Callaway’s departure came nearly four months after he was first accused of making inappropriate advances toward at least five women in the sports media industry over the past five years, the Times reported. The report, originally published by The Athletic, said Callaway’s alleged advances were made while he worked for the Angels, the New York Mets and the Cleveland Indians. Callaway managed the Mets and was the pitching coach for the Indians.

According to The Athletic, Callaway allegedly sent the women unsolicited electronic messages containing comments on their appearance and shirtless photos of himself. One of the women accused him of requesting nude photos in return.

Another woman said he offered to provide her with information about the Mets if she met him for drinks. The Athletic’s story also described an in-person incident when Callaway allegedly thrusted his crotch into the face of one of the women.