New York Mets former general manager Billy Eppler has been suspended for the 2024 season by Major League Baseball. The suspension was announced after an investigation revealed that he directed the team to fabricate injuries in order to create open roster spots. Commissioner Rob Manfred stated that Eppler had directed the fabrication of injuries and the submission of documentation for improper injured list placements during the 2022 and 2023 seasons, but no Mets medical or athletic training personnel were mentioned in the league’s findings.
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.