The New York Mets have faced a significant blow to their baseball operations with the suspension of former general manager Billy Eppler through the 2024 World Series for violating MLB’s injury policy. This penalty is a result of Eppler’s improper use of injury list positions, deliberate fabrication of injuries, and related documentation for the purpose of securing multiple improper placements on the injured list during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
MLB conducted a four-month investigation into these allegations and found that Eppler, who was cooperative, was not influenced by Mets ownership. Despite this finding, Eppler resigned in October 2023, one day after the investigation was made public and three days after David Stearns was named the team’s president of baseball operations. The Mets have not hired a new general manager since his departure and considered the matter closed, with Stearns leading baseball operations.
This suspension means that Eppler cannot work for an MLB team or league for the 2024 season. While no other team executives were mentioned in Manfred’s findings, this incident has raised concerns about integrity within baseball organizations and prompted calls for stricter enforcement of injury policies.