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Charlie Samuels screwed up the Mets’ clubhouse

Nov 10, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

Charlie Samuels

More dirt from the increasingly fascinating case of Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels.  The Daily News reports that Samuels was essentially a clubhouse mole for the Wilpons for years, with both Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel believing that he was reporting on them — and passing along players’ gripes — to the front office.  He was able to do this, they report, because he became closely involved with certain players, who came to rely on him for housing and the handling of all manner of personal matters. The best quote in the article reflects this:

“One thing you have to realize is no matter how much money you have or how big of a star you are, you need help to manage your life if you are a player,” one source says. “These guys wake up at 11, spend some time with their family, and then they are off to the park. They can’t take batting practice and say, ‘Skip, I gotta run some errands, I’ll be back in an hour.’ The smart ones hire a personal assistant who does this stuff for them. The dumb ones rely on equipment guys. The equipment guys get deeply involved in their lives.”
And Samuels, it seems, got deeper than most.  Really, even if the guy wasn’t accused of stealing from the team and being involved in illegal gambling, this is a guy who would have needed to be canned anyway for the sake of an organization ruled by sanity as opposed to palace intrigue.
There’s also some fun stuff in there about how Samuels’ alleged pilfering of game-used equipment to sell on the memorabilia market had a severely depressing effect on that market. I used to represent some clients in that world. They’re a fun, colorful, and on occasion, scary bunch. I can just imagine what they’re saying about Samuels.
  1. mrznyc - Nov 10, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Is there any question at all that the Commisioner’s Office demanded the Wilpons get out of the business of running this team?

    • Kevin S. - Nov 10, 2010 at 10:26 AM

      Of course there is. The Wilpons kow-tow to Selig. He doesn’t give a rat’s ass what they do.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 10, 2010 at 1:41 PM

        And that’s part of why I can’t stand Selig.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Nov 10, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    “The dumb ones rely on equipment guys”. Didn’t Frenchy give him a big tip upon his departure? Gives new meaning to Dumb and Dumber.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 10, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Sounds like Samuels played the part of Squeak in Billy Budd to Wilpon’s Claggart. Sounds like a fun place to work. His next stop: congressional page.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 10, 2010 at 3:51 PM

      If only there were a Billy in your analogy to knock the baseballin’ life out of the W’s…

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