The Mets announced yesterday that Bill Singer, hired Nov. 6
as a special assistant to general manager Jim Duquette, has been terminated
for his racially insensitive remarks to Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng.
Singer confronted Ng at a hotel bar during last week's GM meetings in
Phoenix and, after a question about her Chinese heritage, mocked her in
gibberish Chinese language before Yankees GM Brian Cashman, Ng's former boss,
intervened. Duquette formally apologized to Ng, and Singer issued a public
apology through the team, but there was no saving his job after such an
objectionable episode for the Mets.
"As a matter of policy our organization can not and will not tolerate any
comment or conduct by an employee that suggests insensitivity or intolerance to
any racial, ethnic or religious group," Duquette said in a statement. "Any
deviation from this standard is not acceptable."
Singer, 59, was hired along with Al Goldis to be high-level talent
evaluators for Duquette in a move designed to strengthen the front office's
scouting department. Ironically, Singer was supposed to be the team's Pacific
Rim specialist, but was fired after less than two weeks on the job.
Duquette planned to hire a third special assistant, and already had
interviewed former White Sox GM Ron Schueler in Phoenix. But Duquette may now
have to expand a search that has included the Marlins' Fred Ferreira, the Red
Sox' Bill Lajoie and former Phillies GM Lee Thomas.