New York Mets acting general manager Zack Scott will not join the team for its upcoming road trip after he was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Scott was arrested at around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in suburban White Plains, New York. Police found him asleep at the wheel of his SUV at a traffic light and determined he was intoxicated, White Plains police Capt. James Spencer said. He said Scott refused a breathalyzer test.
The 44-year-old was booked and released and is due in court Thursday morning.
“We were surprised and deeply disappointed to learn this morning about an alleged DUI involving Zack Scott,” the Mets said in a statement. “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.”
The Mets said Scott was at a fundraiser for the team’s Amazin’ Mets Foundation at owner Steve Cohen’s house in Connecticut on Monday night that was also attended by players. Scott left when the event ended around 8:30 or 9 p.m.
Scott was promoted to acting general manager in January after Jared Porter was fired following an ESPN report that he sent sexually explicit, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs.
Before joining the Mets as assistant general manager in December, Scott spent 17 seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization.
The Mets begin an eight-game road trip Friday against the Washington Nationals.
Porter and Scott were brought in during a reshaping of New York’s front office under Cohen, a hedge fund manager who had been a minority owner of the team since 2012. Cohen purchased the club from the Wilpon and Katz families in November.
Mets fans celebrated Cohen’s ascendance to majority owner, but his first year in charge has brought about the same sort of controversy and drama that plagued the club under the control of Fred and Jeff Wilpon.
A string of seemingly endless injuries hindered the team early in the season. Star slugger Pete Alonso was brought to tears when popular hitting coach Chili Davis was fired in May, and the offense has continued to struggle. Despite that, the Mets led the National League East for nearly three months before collapsing in August and falling out of postseason position.
Scott has publicly criticized the players for not following injury prevention protocols provided by the training staff.
Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and trade-deadline acquisition Javier Baez issued separate apologies this week after Baez revealed that a thumbs-down celebration used by the team recently was actually a dig at Mets fans who had booed New York players.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.