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Mets clubhouse manager allegedly bet on baseball, stole from the team

Nov 5, 2010, 6:36 AM EDT

Charlie Samuels

That stuff about Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels is apparently worse than initially reported.

Yesterday the New York Times reported that Samuels’ suspension was due to a probe involving gambling on football. This morning the Daily News reports, however, that he is being investigated in connection with an organized gambling ring that took bets on baseball too. The investigation is looking into whether Samuels provided inside information to friends and relatives about the status of Mets players, among other things.  It’s also investigating claims that Samuels used Mets bank accounts to float himself loans, skimmed money on hotel rooms he ordered for players as the team’s traveling secretary and stole and/or sold hundreds of bats, balls and jerseys from the Mets clubhouse.  The Daily News reports that Samuels reported income to the IRS many, many times greater than his annual salary. So, hey, no tax beef! Smart planning, Charlie!

Best part of the story, though, is how the Daily News was able to shoehorn in a reference to its favorite bogeyman: “A source told The News that Samuels’ suspension was not tied to any performance-enhancing drug distribution or usage.” Oh, thank God. Because it would be way, way worse if he was doing that than merely breaking all kinds of federal laws, putting the Mets and their players at risk of getting ensnared in gambling nastiness and literally stealing from the team.

But either way, our man Samuels is in deep doodoo.

More important for our purposes, though, is that apparently Samuels has already told Major League Baseball that he gambled on baseball games.  You have to assume that the league will now have to look into whether any players were involved as well.

 

  1. mangothefruit - Nov 5, 2010 at 6:59 AM

    Between this guy and Mr. Wilhelm, traveling secretary’s for ballclubs get a bad rap.

  2. 12strikes - Nov 5, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    HA HA HA HA HA HA
    Mets….

    • Gobias Industries - Nov 5, 2010 at 11:09 AM

      Good one.

  3. BC - Nov 5, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Whooooooooooooooooooooooooops!!

  4. willmose - Nov 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    The Mets management had to know about his guy’s “activities”. Don’t they have outside auditors? Didn’t it seem funny that the equipment manager was spending many times his salary? The big question is what he has on the Mets front office to get them to look the other way. The case that management had to know that this was going on and did nothing about is much stronger than cases that management had to know about PEDs on other clubs. And, of course, the Mets still haven’t fired the guy.

    This isn’t a black eye for baseball, it is a kick between the uprights. A lot of people talk about the integrity of the game with PEDs. This is truly an integrity of the game issue. A bookie in the clubhouse taking bets and working with big time gamblers. We now have a good idea why the Mets consistently play below their abilities (okay, so it could just be because they are Mets). I wonder what was the Wilpons’ cut? They do have money problems you know.

    • Innocent Bystander - Nov 5, 2010 at 1:20 PM

      Agreed. This is probably an isolated incident, but sports cannot have this kind of activity associated with it. The whole reason sports are entertaining is because we believe that the competition is fair. Without that, we might as well watch WWE. We trust the integrity of baseball that it is unscripted. It is the reason Pete Rose is the worse thing to happen to baseball since the Black Sox scandal.

  5. mrznyc - Nov 5, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Jeff Wilpon, on top of the case as usual. Remember a few decades ago when the NFL had enough of the NY Giants stinking out the joint and forced Young and Parcells on the Giants? Think maybe the Commisioner had a little talk with Fred and told him he’d have to find something else for the kid to do? New York sports, Land of the Idiot Son.

  6. Jonny 5 - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Well I guess, he’ll never make it into the Clubhouse manager HOF now. WTF…. ;)

  7. BC - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Hey dad, can I hire him as manager?

    Signed,
    Jeff Wilpon

  8. Gobias Industries - Nov 5, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    “Best part of the story, though, is how the Daily News was able to shoehorn in a reference to its favorite bogeyman: “A source told The News that Samuels’ suspension was not tied to any performance-enhancing drug distribution or usage.” Oh, thank God. Because it would be way, way worse if he was doing that than merely breaking all kinds of federal laws, putting the Mets and their players at risk of getting ensnared in gambling nastiness and literally stealing from the team.”

    I’m pretty sure that wasn’t their point. Seems to me that the question about whether or not the suspension was in any way “tied to any performance-enhancing drug distribution or usage” is a legitimate one.

    • mcsnide - Nov 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM

      This is, after all, the club that once employed Kirk Radomski.

  9. mattjg - Nov 5, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    If they fired every Mets employee who was stealing money from the club, they’d have a 5-man roster.

    /low-hanging fruit
    //playing like they’re throwing games was my next joke

  10. Utley's Hair - Nov 5, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    We’re missing a key question here: did he bet on the Mutts? ‘Cause if he did, that pretty much minimizes any potential damage, doesn’t it?

  11. cintiphil - Nov 5, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    And, he may be a second or third cousin to Pete (Or Not). They should both be in jail.

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