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Hired, then fired: Singer axed by Mets

NEW YORK -- Bill Singer was fired by the New York Mets on
Tuesday, a week after the newly hired special assistant made
racially insensitive remarks to a Los Angeles Dodgers executive.

At the general manager's meetings in Phoenix, Singer reportedly
asked Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng questions about her
background and later spoke in gibberish, making fun of the Chinese
language.

Singer was hired by Mets general manager Jim Duquette on Nov. 6
after spending the 2003 season as a special assistant to the GM of
the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"As a matter of policy our organization cannot and will not
tolerate any comment or conduct by an employee that suggests
insensitivity or intolerance to any racial, ethnic or religious
group," Duquette said in a statement. "Any deviation from this
standard is not acceptable.''

Singer, 59, and the Mets later apologized to Ng, one of the
highest-ranking women in baseball administration. Singer was a
two-time 20-game winner during his 14-year pitching career in the
majors.

Ng said she had no comment regarding Singer's dismissal.

Ng, who was raised in New Jersey, became the second female
assistant general manager in the majors when she was hired by the
New York Yankees in 1997. At 29, she was the youngest assistant GM
in the majors.

Ng resigned from the Yankees in 2001 after her contract expired,
and was hired by the Dodgers a month later.