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UPDATE: Mets’ clubhouse manager suspended because of federal gambling probe

Nov 4, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

UPDATE: Well, we have an update now: Michael S. Schmidt of the New York times reports that Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was suspended — and will likely be fired — because he has been tied to a federal investigation into illegal gambling.  The gambling involves football, naturally.  And you thought the only crime that happened in that clubhouse was father-in-law assault.

No other details are provided. Including the details of how Schmidt gets so many federal lawyers to talk to him about ongoing investigations.  Seriously, he’s The Man when it comes to that stuff.

4:01 P.M.: I’m not sure why this has been picked up by every news outlet out there, but it has:

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 held the job for 27 years.

I’m guessing Adam Rubin knows why he was suspended, but doesn’t want to tell anyone.

  1. sdelmonte - Nov 4, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Because it’s the Mets. Because either everyone has it in for them, or because this team has a way of embarrassing itself, or maybe both.

  2. BC - Nov 4, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Betting its alcohol or drug related. HIPAA would prevent them from disclosing anything.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 4, 2010 at 6:15 PM

      Nice foreshadowing there, BC.

  3. willmose - Nov 4, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Another way to save a buck.

  4. hasbeen5 - Nov 4, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    How much is there for a clubhouse manager to do in the offseason?

    • Richard In Big D - Nov 4, 2010 at 6:03 PM

      He’s got three months to recover from the season and prepare for spring training. it’s a nearly year-round job, if done well. And everybody needs some down time…
      And let’s hope, for the integrity of the game, that his gambling involvement stays with football, and stays out of baseball, and nobody else in the clubhouse is involved…

  5. willmose - Nov 4, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    The truth at last. Actually, he was betting on how many Mets would be on the DL on openning day.

  6. Utley's Hair - Nov 4, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    What are the odds of THAT happening? And what are the odds fallout from this negating any positive moves the Mutts have made so far?

  7. willmose - Nov 4, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    On a serious note, this could be terrible for MLB. Are players involved? What did Mets management know and when? If the clubhouse guy was placing bets for players, staff, or management, watch out!

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