Major League Baseball has suspended former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler for the 2024 season over allegations that he directed the team to fabricate injuries in order to create open roster spots. The announcement made by MLB did not mention any Mets medical or athletic training personnel. Commissioner Rob Manfred stated that Eppler had directed the fabrication of injuries and the submission of documentation for the purposes of securing improper injured list placements during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
Eppler served as the Mets’ general manager from November 2021 until his resignation on October 5, 2023, three days after the team hired David Stearns as president of baseball operations. His resignation came on the day that MLB’s investigation became public. Mets owner Steve Cohen and former manager Buck Showalter were not mentioned in the league’s findings. The Mets have considered the matter closed and have stated that they will have no further comment. Showalter was fired after a disappointing 2023 season.
The suspension marks a significant blow to Eppler, who had been highly regarded in baseball circles before this scandal broke. It is unclear what impact this will have on his future prospects in baseball or beyond. The investigation into Eppler’s actions has also raised questions about ethical practices within Major League Baseball and whether other teams may be engaging in similar tactics to gain a competitive advantage over others.