Major League Baseball suspended former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler for the 2024 season following an investigation that revealed he directed the team to fabricate injuries in order to create open roster spots. The MLB statement did not mention the medical or athletic training staff. Commissioner Rob Manfred stated that Eppler orchestrated the injury fabrication and filing to ensure improper placement on the injured list 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 after MLB’s investigation into his actions became public. Mets owner Steve Cohen and former manager Buck Showalter were not mentioned in the league’s findings. The Mets considered the matter closed and said they would have no further comment. Showalter was fired after a disappointing 2023 season.

MLB has suspended former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler for the 2024 season due to an investigation revealing he directed the team to fabricate injuries in order to create open roster spots. Commissioner Rob Manfred stated that Eppler orchestrated this deception in order to ensure improper placement on the injured list during the 2022 and 2023 seasons. Despite being implicated in this scandal, neither Eppler’s medical or athletic training staff were named in MLB’s findings.

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