Mets Fire Clubhouse Man Amid Gambling, Memorabilia Probe

The long-time clubhouse manager of the New York Mets was fired Friday amid numerous allegations, including those involving the theft of game-used memorabilia.

The Mets issued aCharlie Samuels statement saying they had fired Samuels “for conduct in violation of club policies”.

Samuels’ activities are being investigated by the New York Police Department and the Queens District Attorney’s Office.  The most serious allegations involve gambling on sporting events, but the New York Daily News also reported that Samuels was suspended after this season after Mets officials conducting an inventory of his office

Samuels, who has served the club for 27 years, was suspended indefinitely and without pay on Oct. 27, the same day Mets officials inventoried Samuels’ office at Citi Field and found personal items belonging to past and present players as well as memorabilia.

“This decision is the result of a thorough internal investigation over the course of several months,” the Mets stated in the brief news release.

In its story that appeared Saturday, the Daily News indicated Samuels was a source of game-used baseball items for dealers in the sports memorabilia business.