The Mets just announced that equiptment manager Charlie Samuels has been fired for violating club policies.
“The New York Mets announced today that they have terminated Charlie Samuels’ employment with the Mets for conduct in violation of club policies. This decision is the result of a thorough internal investigation over the course of several months. The Mets will have no further comment on this matter.”
Updated 11/5 11:00 PM
This is starting to feel like an episode of the Sopranos. You won’t believe what the Daily News is reporting now. Apparently, KRod was holed up at Charlie’s place after he beat his girlfriend’s father and was ordered to stay away from his home. Also, Jeff Francoeur may not have been able to draw a walk, but nobody could accuse him of not being a great tipper. Anyway, read on:
According to law enforcement sources close to the probe being conducted by the Queens DA’s office and the NYPD’s Organized Crime and Control Bureau, the probe has revealed that Samuels:
* Received a $50,000 tip from outfielder Jeff Francoeur before Francoeur left the Mets for the World Series-bound Rangers earlier this season;
* Provided Francisco Rodriguez with a place to stay in his home after the closer was ordered by a Queens judge to stay away from his common-law wife following an altercation with her father at Citi Field in August.
* Once received a new Lexus from Mike Piazza, whose father had lost a bet to Samuels on how much weight the elder Piazza could lose.
So far the probe is centering on Samuels, who was also the Mets’ traveling secretary, but his relationships with players, including stars Johan Santana, Rodriguez and David Wright, are bound to raise questions about how deep the investigation will go. The sources, however, said K-Rod is not a part of the probe and that there is “no evidence so far that K-Rod did anything wrong, no gambling or anything else.”
Updated 11/5 2:00 PM
According to ESPN New York, Charlie Samuels has admitted to MLB officials that he indeed bet on baseball.
New York Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels admitted betting on baseball, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
Samuels made the admission to an investigator for Major League Baseball in the last few weeks, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Also, the Daily News adds some additional discouraging information:
The associates were caught in photographs in $400 comped seats to Mets games provided by Samuels, according to the sources.
Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz declined comment when asked about the allegations Friday.
The News also reported that Samuels is suspected of using his access to Mets accounts to cover his gambling debts and of selling bats, balls and jerseys, signed by the players, without authorization from the club.
Updated 11/4 11:00 PM
The Daily News updates what was previously reported regarding the suspension of Charlie Samuels.
Mets’ clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels has been linked to an NYPD investigation into illegal gambling, law enforcement sources familiar with the probe confirmed to the Daily News on Thursday, leading club officials to suspend the longtime employee on Oct. 27.
The investigation is being conducted by the NYPD out of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office, according to the sources familiar with the investigation, and is expected to result in arrests within the next two weeks.
Samuels hired Kirk Radomski, the convicted steroids dealer who acknowledged providing PEDs to many major leaguers in baseball’s Mitchell Report, to be a Mets clubhouse attendant in 1987. Radomski worked for the Mets until 1994. A source told The News that Samuels’ suspension was not tied to any performance-enhancing drug distribution or usage.
Original Post 2:00 PM
This one is out of left field. From Adam Rubin:
Longtime Mets equipment/clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels has been suspended by the organization, the Mets confirmed.
The organization offered no elaboration beyond the following statement: “Last Wednesday, the Mets suspended Charlie Samuels indefinitely without pay. As this is an ongoing personnel matter, we have no further comment.”
Samuels has been the team’s equipment manager for 27 seasons. He succeeded the late Herb Norman, the original equipment manager as an expansion team, after the 1983 season after spending four years as an assistant.
Initially, a few beat writers thought he may have been fired, but the Mets released a statement calling it an “indefinite suspension.”
Wow, that’s kind of shocking to me.
Samuels has been with the team well over 20 years. I can’t help, but wonder what they mean by “personnel matter”.