Major League Baseball (MLB) has suspended former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler through the 2024 World Series following an investigation into his involvement in fabricating injuries. The suspension comes after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred concluded that Eppler directed the team to create open roster spots by submitting fake injury reports.
According to MLB’s statement, Eppler was found to have 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.” It is important to note that no Mets medical or athletic training personnel were mentioned in the announcement.
Manfred stated that he had launched a thorough investigation into this matter after receiving information about possible wrongdoing by the Mets’ management team. This led to Eppler resigning on October 5th, three days after owner Steven Cohen hired David Stearns as president of baseball operations.
The Mets owner Steve Cohen and former manager Buck Showalter were not mentioned in the public findings of Manfred. In a statement, the Mets said, “The Mets have been informed of the conclusion of Major League Baseball’s investigation. With Billy Eppler’s resignation on October 5th, 2023, and with David Stearns leading the Baseball Operations team, the Mets consider the matter closed and will have no further comment.”