Clubhouse worker put on probation

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets' former clubhouse manager has been sentenced to five years of probation.

Charlie Samuels admitted in February to being in possession of $2.3 million worth of team memorabilia. He pleaded guilty to possessing stolen property and tax fraud.

The 55-year-old is also banned from any Mets facility, even if he buys a ticket.

The team fired Samuels in 2010. He had worked for the Mets since 1976 and became equipment manager in 1983.

The Mets issued a statement when Samuels pleaded guilty, thanking those involved in the investigation.