NY – The former general manager of the New York Mets Billy Eppler will be suspended until World Series 2024 after a decision by commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded that the executive ordered the team to invent injuries in order to open spots on the roster.
No Mets medical services employees were mentioned in Major League Baseball’s announcement.
Manfred said in a statement that Eppler ordered “the deliberate simulation of injuries; and the presentation of documents in order to be able to make multiple changes to the list of injured players during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
Eppler, 48, was the general manager of the Mets from November 2021 until He resigned on October 5, 2023, three days after owner Steven Cohen hired David Stearns as president of baseball operations. Eppler resigned the day MLB’s investigation emerged.
Cohen and former manager Buck Showalter were also not mentioned in Manfred’s final report.
“The Mets were informed of the conclusion of the Major League Baseball investigation. With the resignation of Billy Eppler on October 5, 2023, and with David Stearns in charge of baseball operations, the Mets consider the matter closed and will say nothing further,” the team said in a statement.