The New York Mets have put acting general manager Zack Scott on administrative leave following his arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated.
Scott was released without bail Thursday after pleading not guilty to driving while intoxicated and three traffic violations.
Scott, 44, was allegedly found by police at 4:15am Tuesday morning sleeping at the wheel of his SUV at a traffic light, seven hours after attending a fundraiser at the home of team owner Steve Cohen in Connecticut. The event had ended around 9pm on Monday night.
Officers found Scott asleep and determined he was intoxicated, White Plains police Capt. James Spencer said. The New York Post reported that Scott refused to give blood or a breathalyzer sample, and that he agreed to a sobriety test – but failed it.
The New York Mets GM Zach Scott, 44, has been placed on administrative leave after failing a field sobriety test and getting arrested for drunk driving
In a Twitter post on Thursday, the Mets announced that Scott will be on leave until further notice
He was released on Thursday and he is due back in White Plains City Court on October 7. His driving privileges in New York were suspended.
Scott’s lawyer, Keith Lavallee, did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press on Thursday evening.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, the Mets said they placed Scott on administrative leave ‘until further notice,’ and team president Sandy Alderson will assume Scott’s GM responsibilities running baseball operations.
Mets manager Luis Rojas said he addressed his players at Citi Field, and Alderson spoke to the coaches and performance staff.
“He did say that he will be more present,” Rojas said. “He’s been more on the business side.”
Scott will be paid while on administrative leave, the club confirmed.
He was hired by the Mets as senior vice president and assistant general manager in December to work under close friend and former colleague Jared Porter.
Scott was promoted to acting GM in January, eight days after Porter was fired following revelations he sent sexually explicit, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 while working for the Chicago Cubs.
Scott had spent the previous 17 seasons with Boston, where he worked alongside Porter under former Red Sox and Chicago Cubs baseball boss Theo Epstein.
Following news of his arrest, the Mets said Wednesday: ‘We were surprised and deeply disappointed to learn this morning about an alleged DUI involving Zack Scott. We take this matter very seriously. Zack will not be traveling with the team for our upcoming road trip while we learn more and determine next steps.’
Also on Wednesday, the Mets confirmed an ESPN report that Scott was at the fundraiser for the team´s Amazin´ Mets Foundation at Cohen´s house in Connecticut on Monday night, which was attended by players as well.
Scott left when the event ended around 8:30 or 9 p.m., the club said.
He was allegedly found dozing at the wheel at the traffic light on South Lexington Avenue near the White Plains police station outside of New York City at 4.15am on Tuesday
Scott will be paid while on administrative leave, the club confirmed
Scott was named acting general manager in January after the team fired newly hired Jared Porter following accusations of sexual harassment.
A Major League Baseball investigation was launched after ESPN reported that Porter sent dozens of unanswered texts to the woman, including a picture of ‘an erect, naked penis,’ in 2016 when he worked for the Chicago Cubs.
Porter has since been suspended through at least the 2022 season.
Porter’s brief tenure with the Mets has hardly been the only off-field story for the team, which was criticized recently after infielders Francisco Lindor and Javier Báez were seen giving fans the thumbs-down sign after being booed during the team’s August slump.
After entering the month with a 3 1/2-game lead in the National League’s Eastern Division, the Mets went 9-19 in August to fall 5 1/2 games back of the first-place Atlanta Braves.
Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway (pictured) sent uninvited messages to the women via email, text or social media and asked one to send nude photos in return, according to the report. He often commented on their appearance in a way that made them uncomfortable and on one occasion ‘thrust his crotch near the face of a reporter’ while she interviewed him, The Athletic said
In May, former Mets manager Mickey Callaway was suspended through the end of the 2022 season and fired from his latest job as pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels following another set of sexual harassment allegations. Callaway allegedly behaved inappropriately with female reporters during his time in New York, according to the Athletic.
According to The Athletic’s report on the claims against Callaway, team employees were skeptical that human resources and diversity Holly Lindvall took their accusations of sexual harassment seriously. Lindvall allegedly prioritized her relationship with the Wilpon Family, the Mets former majority owners who sold the club to current owner Cohen for $2.4 billion in 2020.
The team also quietly fired hitting coach Ryan Ellis in January three years after three female colleagues reported him for sexual harassment. In February the Mets said new information about the accusations led to Ellis’s firing, but the team did not elaborate on what was discovered.
Following the firing of Porter, team president Sandy Alderson described the reports of his behavior as a ‘wake-up call.’
‘With respect to the vetting process, we’ll be more intentional about communicating with women who may have had some contact, not necessarily fellow employees, but other third parties that might have come in contact,’ Alderson told reporters in February.
‘We’re probably taking our background checks and so forth to a somewhat higher level to the extent that we can.’