Mets GM Zack Scott was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on Tuesday morning in White Plains, New York, per a report from the New York Post’s Mike Puma, Craig McCarthy, and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on Wednesday. The team quickly issued a statement expressing disappointment about the arrest and announced that Scott will not accompany the team on its upcoming road trip.
We were surprised and deeply disappointed to learn this morning about an alleged DUI involving Zack Scott. 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.— New York Mets (@Mets) September 1, 2021
Scott was hired as assistant GM last offseason but was quickly promoted to acting general manager when Jared Porter, the club’s initial GM hire, was fired when it was revealed that he relentlessly sexually harassed a reporter while working in the Cubs and Diamondbacks front offices.
Scott was reportedly found sleeping in his car at 4:17 a.m. in White Plains and failed a field sobriety test after refusing a blood test and breathalyzer. As ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports, Scott had attended a charity fundraiser at the Connecticut home of Mets owner Steve Cohen on Monday night, though the event ended between 8:30-9:00 p.m.
The Scott incident continues an embarrassing and damning string of developments for the Mets, Cohen, and president Sandy Alderson. It was revealed in February that Mickey Callaway, who was hired by Alderson and managed the Mets in 2018-19, sexually harassed numerous female media members during his time with the club. Callaway’s replacement, Carlos Beltrán, was fired two months after being hired and never actually managed a game due to his role as a ringleader of the Astros’ electronic sign-stealing scheme in 2017. (Neither Cohen or Alderson was in the organization during Beltrán’s brief stint as manager.)
Porter, who was hired by Cohen and Alderson when they assumed control last offseason, was fired after a month on the job, leaving a gaping hole in the Mets’ front office that may become even bigger if Scott is let go. The club also aggressively pursued starting pitcher Trevor Bauer in free agency. The right-hander, who had exhibited a pattern of questionable behavior before signing with the Dodgers, has since been placed on administrative leave by MLB due to sexual assault allegations.