Longtime New York Mets equipment and clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels has been suspended by the organization, the Mets confirmed on Thursday.
The organization did not elaborate on the reasons for the move, making 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."
A law enforcement source told ESPNNewYork.com that Samuels is part of an NYPD gambling investigation headed by Queens DA Richard Brown's office.
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.
Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley contributed to this report.