Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler has been suspended for the 2024 season by Major League Baseball. The suspension comes after an investigation found that Eppler directed the team to fabricate injuries in order to create open roster spots. No medical or athletic training personnel were mentioned in the announcement by MLB.
Eppler, 48, was the Mets general manager from November 2021 until he resigned on Oct. 5, 2023, three days after the team hired David Stearns as president of baseball operations. The Mets fired Showalter after a disappointing 2023 season. Eppler resigned the day MLB’s investigation became public. Mets owner Steve Cohen and former manager Buck Showalter were not mentioned in the league’s findings.
In a statement, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Eppler directed “the deliberate fabrication of injuries; and the associated submission of documentation for the purposes of securing multiple improper injured list placements during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.” The Mets have been informed of the conclusion of Major League Baseball’s investigation and consider the matter closed with Billy Eppler’s resignation on October 5, 2023, and with David Stearns leading the Baseball Operations team.