MLB suspends former Mets GM Billy Eppler for the 2024 season due to improper use of the injured list
Major League Baseball has suspended former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler through the 2024 World Series for improper use of the injured list, including “intentional fabrication of injuries,” commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday.
Eppler resigned in October amid an MLB investigation after spending the past two seasons as Mets GM.
MLB said its investigation “concluded that the pattern of conduct was at the direction of Mr. Eppler alone and without any interference from Mets ownership or his superiors.”
“The Mets have been informed of the conclusion of the Major League Baseball investigation,” the Mets said in a statement on Friday. “With the resignation of Billy Eppler on October 5, 2023, and with David Stearns leading the baseball operations team, the Mets consider the matter concluded and will have no further comment.”
Eppler said in a statement to: The athlete “I have fully and transparently cooperated with MLB’s investigation, and I accept their decision,” he said Friday. Eppler’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, declined to comment.
MLB said its Investigations Division interviewed more than three dozen people and that Eppler and the Mets cooperated fully with the operation.
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The league said in its statement that the Investigations Department determined that Eppler was involved in the improper use of injured list positions, including fabricating injuries and submitting relevant documents to secure several inappropriate injured list positions during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
Eppler could seek to regain his position early, something Manfred will consider.
Eppler’s surprise resignation in October came just days after the Mets introduced Stearns as their new leader of baseball operations. Eppler, along with other members of the front office, sat in the front row during Stearns’ introductory news conference. Eppler was expected to remain Mets GM under Stearns. The Mets have yet to name another general manager. Stearns said there is too much going on in the winter to devote the time needed to find someone for the position.
Eppler spent two seasons as the Mets’ general manager. In his first year, the Mets won 101 games. But the Mets disappointed him at a deep level last year. Despite a record payroll, New York failed to make the playoffs and traded away key players like Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander at the trade deadline.
Eppler began his Mets tenure in November 2021 after the Mets experienced turnover and turmoil in their front office. Eppler’s immediate predecessors, Jared Porter and Zach Scott, were fired for off-field issues.
Ken Rosenthal contributed to this story.
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