Mets acting general manager Zack Scott has been placed on administrative leave two days after he was arrested in New York for allegedly driving while intoxicated, the team announced Thursday.
Scott will be on leave “until further notice,” the Mets said, adding that team president Sandy Alderson will assume the general manager’s responsibilities.
The 44-year-old Scott was arrested at around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in suburban White Plains, New York, after police allegedly found him asleep at the wheel of his SUV at a traffic light and determined he was intoxicated. Police Capt. James Spencer said Scott refused a breathalyzer test.
Electronic court records show Scott was released without bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to driving while intoxicated and some traffic violations. His driving privileges in New York were suspended. He is due back in White Plains City Court on Oct. 7.
Scott will be paid while on administrative leave, the team said.
The Mets said Wednesday that Scott had been 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.
Alderson served as Mets general manager from 2010 to 2018. He returned to the team as president following the Mets’ sale to Cohen.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.