Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred has suspended former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler through the 2024 World Series for directing the team to fabricate injuries in order to create open roster spots. The decision was made after a thorough investigation into the matter.
At 48 years old, Eppler served as the Mets general manager from November 2021 until he resigned last October 5th, in response to owner Steven Cohen hiring David Stearns as president of baseball operations. The day MLB’s investigation became public, Eppler chose to step down from his position. The Mets owner Steve Cohen and former manager Buck Showalter were not mentioned in the public findings of Manfred’s investigation.
The Mets have been informed of the conclusion of MLB’s investigation into their practices. With Billy Eppler’s resignation on October 5, 2023, and with David Stearns leading the Baseball Operations team, the Mets consider the matter closed and will have no further comment,” the Mets said in a statement.