Major League Baseball on Friday announced that former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler is suspended through the 2024 World Series after an investigation found he fabricated player injuries to open spots on the team’s roster.
Eppler, 48, served as Mets general manager from November 2021 through October 2023. A four-month investigation concluded that during his tenure, Eppler improperly assigned players to the injured list during his tenure as Mets GM, fabricated injuries and submitted false documentation to those ends.
MLB said Eppler will be ineligible to hold nay league or club office through the end of the 2024 World Series, unless he is reinstated prior to that by Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The Mets have been informed of the conclusion of Major League Baseballs investigation. With Billy Epplers 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 team said in a statement.
Stearns has not hired a general manager to replace Eppler. Assistant GMs Ian Levin and Ben Zauzmer, senior vice president of baseball operations Jonathan Strangio, and others have taken over his duties.
Prior to joining the Mets, Eppler spent five years as GM for the Los Angeles Angels. Before that, he spent 11 years in the New York Yankees’ front office, rising to assistant GM.
TMX contributed to this article.