The Mets have placed acting General Manager Zack Scott on administrative leave “until further notice,” the team announced today, in the aftermath of Scott’s DWI charge in White Plains. In the meantime, Team President Sandy Alderson has assumed Scott’s GM duties.
After being found asleep in his car at 4:15am in White Plains, Scott was charged with driving while intoxicated and other traffic violation. He appeared in court this morning and pled not guilty to these charges. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 7th.
Sources close to the Mets front office told Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News that the new front office hierarchy will be an “all-hands on deck” situation and a “group responsibility,” with Sandy Alderson advised to focus on baseball operations. Alderson’s son, Bryn Alderson, who joined the Mets as a professional scout in 2011 and was promoted first to assistant director of pro scouting in 2017 under Brodie Van Wagenen and then to assistant GM in July of this year, will also be more involved in day-to-day front office responsibilities moving forward, directly answering to his father.
The Mets are currently five games behind the first place Atlanta Braves and three games behind the second place Philadelphia Phillies as they begin play in September. It is unclear how owner Steve Cohen will choose to restructure the front office in the offseason with Zack Scott seemingly having dashed any chances of being installed as the permanent GM.