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Singer Is Fired by Mets for Insensitive Remarks

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.

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