In January of this year, revelations on Jared Porter’s harassment of a female journalist comes shortly after he was hired as Mets general manager. The news highlighted the problems of sexual harassment in baseball, raising questions not only about the Mets ’hiring process, but about accountability throughout baseball – a process that is still very much in its early stages. Once Porter’s sexual misconduct was published, he was fired by the Mets, less than a week after his hiring date.
Major League Baseball began an investigation into the case at the time, and Wednesday announced its results. The headline here is that Commissioner Rob Manfred has placed Porter on the ineligible list. Porter will be eligible to run for reinstatement after the 2022 season. These are, of course, the official terms; It seems very unlikely that Porter will have much future in baseball, even if he is finally restored.
Manfred issued the following statement:
“My office has completed its investigation into an alleged misconduct by Jared Porter. After reviewing all the available evidence, I concluded that Mr. Porter has violated MLB’s policies, and that placement on the Ineligible List is justified. We are committed to providing a consistent work environment consistent with our values for all who participate in our game. “