Longtime Mets equipment/clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels has been suspended by the organization, the Mets confirmed.
The organization offered no elaboration beyond the following statement: "Last Wednesday, the Mets suspended Charlie Samuels indefinitely without pay. As this is an ongoing personnel matter, we have no further comment."
Samuels has been the team's equipment manager for 27 seasons. He succeeded the late Herb Norman, the original equipment manager as an expansion team, after the 1983 season after spending four years as an assistant.
UPDATE: The New York Times reports Samuels is linked to a federal investigation involving alleged illegal gambling, likely on football.