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The investigation into Charlie Samuels takes another interesting turn

Nov 6, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

Charlie Samuels

More details have emerged regarding the gambling investigation into Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels. And while I acknowledge that some of the following may be pretty innocent in nature, it doesn’t make them any less curious under the circumstances.

Per the New York Daily News:

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.

I have never worked in an MLB locker room, but I would imagine that expensive gifts aren’t something out of the ordinary. As much as we needle Jeff Francoeur here, it would be unfair to jump to conclusions. The most curious part, at least to me, is that Francisco Rodriguez was so down on his luck that he had to shack up with the clubhouse manager. This is a multi-million dollar athlete we’re dealing with here, not Samuel’s cubicle-mate. Just plain odd.

Does any of this mean that Rodriguez was involved in any wrong-doing? Of course not. In fact, sources told the Daily News that Rodriguez is not part of the probe and that there is “no evidence so far that K-Rod did anything wrong, no gambling or anything else.” Still, when you are this close to this many players for so long, the extent of those past relationships will be thoroughly investigated. Just part of the process.

Hey, at least give the Mets credit for consistency. Whenever a story first surfaces about them, it’s just the appetizer for the main course of craziness.

  1. mrznyc - Nov 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    No question the commisioner’s office forced Alderson on the Mets to clean up the place before it got totally out of hand. The Wilpons are complete and total idiots. It’s fashionable to point to the idiot son who is the worst kind of jock sniffer, but the old man is no better. The guy lives out his teenage dream and builds a monument to his beloved Dodgers – Problem is; The Dodgers don’t play there. It will be better with Alderson but the problem in Queens isn’t going to be permanently fixed until the Wilpons are gone.

  2. skerney - Nov 6, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    When I was the clubbie in HI-A the players would tip me a five spot each week. Once, the clubbie in San Bernardino got a PSP from Matt Tuiasosopo and I was so jealous.

  3. willmose - Nov 6, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    $50K tip not out of the ordinary? Put down your crack pipe, Craig. Of course, it is out of the ordinary. It looks more like Frenchy settling up before he leaves. The new Lexus was to cover the elder Piazza gambling losses, but $50K was just a gift, right?

    Bud, step in right now and suspend the Mets ownership indefinitely.

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