Major League Baseball suspended Jared Porter, the fired New York Mets general manger, until at least the end 2022 regular season. This was in response to an investigation into allegations that Porter sent explicit texts and images to a female reporter while he worked for the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
Rob Manfred, the Baseball Commissioner, announced Wednesday the discipline without revealing the results of the investigation.
Manfred stated in a statement that “My office concluded its investigation into the alleged inappropriate conduct of Jared Porter.” “Having reviewed all evidence available, I have concluded Mr. Porter has violated MLB’s policies and that placement on ineligible lists is warranted.”
Porter can apply for reinstatement following the end of the 2022 regular-season, which could give him the opportunity to apply for openings in the front office in October.
The Mets fired Porter on Jan. 19, nine hours after ESPN reported that Porter had sent numerous unanswered text messages to the woman.
Porter was terminated by the team without cause. MLB began an investigation.
Manfred stated that they are committed to creating a work environment that is consistent with our values and for all players in the game.
Porter didn’t immediately respond to a text message sent by The Associated Press requesting comment.
The Mets hired the 41-year old on December 13th and gave him a four-year contract. The previous four seasons he spent with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he was senior vice president and assistant to general manager under GM Mike Hazen.
Porter started his career as an intern with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He was promoted to assistant director of professional Scouting from 2010-11, coordinator of player development from 2006-07, and assistant director of professional.
He was Theo Epstein’s guide to Chicago, and served as the Cubs’ director for professional scouting in 2016, helping to win their first World Series title since 1908.