As the New York Mets keep looking for a person in charge of making baseball decisions, several outlets announced that their general manager for most of the 2021 season, Zack Scott, won’t be returning to the team regardless of the outcome of his pending DUI trial.
The Mets’ MLB site, through writer Anthony DiComo (citing sources with knowledge of the situation) revealed the news. The organization hasn’t made it official, but it’s now a reality: Scott won’t continue with the club, and he has already been informed.
Scott, initially hired as an assistant general manager before the 2021 season, had been on administrative leave since shortly after his Aug. 31 arrest in White Plains, N.Y. He took over as the acting GM when Jared Porter was dismissed after sexual misconduct allegations.
The Mets keep looking for a person to make baseball decisions
Scott was in charge of the Mets’ baseball operations from January until late August, when he fell asleep at the wheel. He was arrested for driving under the influence. He pleaded not guilty on Sept. 2 and will face trial in early December.
That night, Scott attended an event at Mets’ owner Steve Cohen’s house. However, the event ended around 9 pm ET and the arrest occurred well into the night.
Mets’ president Sandy Alderson had previously stated that he wanted to wait until Scott’s case was resolved before deciding on his future. Evidently, the organization changes its mind.
Under Scott, the Mets made trades such as the Rich Hill and Javier Baez ones, and he was also credited for drafting pitcher Kumar Rocker (although he did not sign).
The Mets continue to look for someone to handle baseball decisions and operations. They have swung and missed with Theo Epstein, Billy Beane, David Stearns, and many more. Recently, according to Andy Martino of SNY, they were granted permission to interview Boston Red Sox’s executive Raquel Ferreira.