Mets acting general manager Zack Scott was placed on administrative leave "until further notice," the team announced Thursday afternoon, just hours after he pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated and three other charges.
Mets president Sandy Alderson will be assuming Scott’s responsibilities, the team said.
Scott pleaded not guilty during his arraignment at White Plains City Court Thursday morning, according to case details on the New York State Unified Court System website. His next scheduled appearance is Oct. 7.
The three other charges related to the incident include failure to obey a traffic device, a stop/stand/park violation and a moving violation of failing to notify of an address change.
Scott, 44, was arrested Tuesday at 4:17 a.m. and charged with DWI after being found sleeping in a 2018 Toyota at South Lexington and Fisher Avenues in White Plains, according to White Plains police captain James Spencer.
Scott was hired by the Mets on Dec. 23, 2020, as assistant general manager to their newly hired general manager Jared Porter. The Mets fired Porter on Jan. 19, hours after they learned that he sent unsolicited and graphic texts to a female reporter in 2016, behavior that Alderson called "a serious error in judgment."
Scott was named acting general manager on Jan. 27. The Mets announced Scott’s administrative leave in a short, unsigned statement.
"The Mets have placed Zack Scott on administrative leave until further notice," it read. "Mets Team President Sandy Alderson will be assuming Zack’s responsibilities."
Alderson did not address the media before the Mets’ game at Citi Field against the Marlins. Owner Steve Cohen, who hired Alderson when he bought the team in November 2020, did not address Scott's situation on Twitter as of game time Thursday night (other than to call out a podcaster who criticized the Mets' original statement about Scott's arrest).
Cohen frequently posts about the team’s issues on Twitter. For example, he announced the firing of Porter on the social media platform.
Scott was arrested after attending a fundraiser on Monday at Cohen’s Greenwich, Connecticut, house, according to a source. The fundraiser ended at around 8:30 p.m., the source said.
New details about Scott’s arrest emerged in a scathing press release issued on Thursday by Westchester District Attorney Miriam Rocah.
"Zachary Scott made an irresponsible decision to drive while under the influence," Rocah said in the release. "We are thankful nobody was hurt or killed but we will continue to hold people accountable for this kind of reckless and potentially dangerous conduct in Westchester County."
According to the DA’s release, "Scott was discovered asleep behind the wheel of his car while stopped at a traffic light on South Lexington Avenue in White Plains. White Plains Police woke Scott, who was initially disoriented and confused. He admitted to drinking earlier in the night and failed the three standardized field sobriety tests that were administered. Following his arrest, Scott refused to submit to a chemical test to determine his blood alcohol content."
The DA’s release said Scott’s driver’s license has been suspended.
Scott’s attorney was listed in court documents as Keith Lavallee of Farmingdale. Lavallee did not return calls seeking comment.
The Mets, who went into Thursday’s game on a four-game winning streak, started the night five games behind Atlanta in the NL East.
"There are a lot of challenges that always come in a manager’s way," said Luis Rojas, the only Mets official to face the media on Thursday. "And the players’ way, too, and the organization’s way. I think you’ve just got to be ready for anything all the time. Sometimes you can say that you’re never prepared for some things to happen, but you go back to saying there’s some unfortunate things that we’ve had as an organization in the offseason and now in-season. I think we’ve handled it well to navigate through it."
With Ryan Gerbosi, Brian Heyman and David Lennon
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