Thursday, March 10, 2011
Source: NYPD, MLB at Mets' camp
By Adam Rubin
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Police Department and Major League Baseball investigators were at the New York Mets' spring training complex Wednesday continuing their investigation into fired clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels' activities, a team official confirmed.
Samuels has yet to be indicted, but he is the subject of an investigation by the Queens District Attorney into alleged personal gains from team memorabilia as well as alleged gambling activities.
Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez acknowledged NYPD investigators spoke with him. Rodriguez reportedly lived with Samuels after his own legal troubles related to striking his girlfriend's father at Citi Field in August.
"I was not the only one they asked questions," Rodriguez said. "
I think they're just trying to find out. They want to make the case [against Samuels]. They want to get information from a lot of people, not only me."
The closer added that he is confident no players are targeted in the probe.
The New York Daily News reported that former Mets catcher Mike Piazza -- who is in the area coaching Team Italy -- was also going to be interviewed.
Mets third baseman David Wright, who had a close relationship with Samuels and often found sanctuary in his office before Mets games, said he wasn't even aware the NYPD was in town and added that he was not interviewed.
"They didn't talk to me," Wright said.
Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.