Bill Singer & Kim Ng; Photos %3D NY Daily News, LA Times

The New York Mets have fired their new "superscout," Bill Singer, for making racially insensitive remarks to Kim Ng, LA Dodgers assistant general manager. The Daily News and LA Times reported that Singer confronted Ng, the highest ranking Asian-American in the MLB, in a hotel bar after general manager meetings. Many deals and meetings are held after the days work and according to witnesses, the LA Times reports the exchange as:

Singer: What are you doing here?
Ng: I'm working.
Singer: What are you doing here?
Ng: I'm working. I'm the Dodger assistant general manager.
Singer: Where are you from?
Ng: I was born in Indiana and grew up in New York.
Singer: Where are you from?
Ng: My family's from China.
Singer: (Nonsensically mock Chinese). What country in China?

Ng declined to comment on the incident, saying that only that there was an incident at the hotel and she had spoken to Duquette. She was also an assistant general manager for the Yankees, and her former boss, current Yankees GM Brian Cashman, had stepped in between Ng and Singer during the exchange. When Mets General Manager Jim Duquette met with Singer, Singer tried to excuse his behavior by saying his "low-carbohydrate diet" combined with alcohol caused him a chemical imbalance. A Mets source says, ""That didn't wash with Jim and it sure as hell won't wash with [Mets owner] Fred [Wilpon]. Plain and simple, there's no excuse for that kind of behavior, and there's no saving this guy." The irony is that Singer supposedly has "ties to the Pacific Rim" - which we take to mean, is good at scouting Japanese players.

The Mets, and especially their fans, famously rallied against Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, who expressed xenophobic and homophobic remarks about New Yorkers:

On ever playing for a New York team: "I would retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing."

On New York City itself: "The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. I'm not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"

Moral of the story: Racist expressions are not tolerated, especially not in NY.