What did Billy Eppler do? Former New York Mets GM suspended after allegedly fabricating injuries

In a surprising turn of events this off-season, former New York Mets GM Billy Eppler has been banned from baseball until the 2024 World Series by Commissioner Rob Manfred. Eppler has been accused of creating phantom injuries to manipulate roster spots.

According to Manfred’s official statement, Eppler is accused of masterminding “Intentional infliction of injuries.” He is also accused of submitting questionable documents to use several improper injured list placements during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Billy Eppler (Credits – X)

The commissioner’s office did not discipline any other Mets staff, according to an unnamed source familiar with the investigation. MLB rules state that a doctor must confirm the injury in the game’s computer record. MLB’s findings indicate that any other staff involved in wrongdoing acted under Eppler’s direction.

When using the so-called “Phantom wounded list” is rumored to be a common practice in baseball. Eppler now finds himself the first to face punishment for it. As the baseball community deals with the aftermath of this massive scandal. Many wonder if there is more to uncover in the world of sports management mysteries.

The New York Mets released a statement following the suspension of Billy Eppler

Insiders report that Eppler’s falsified records include several dozen players, but their names are unknown. After the surprising revelation, the Mets quickly said the matter was closed and declined to comment further.

“The Mets have been notified of the conclusion of Major League Baseball’s investigation,” the team said, according to ESPN. “With the resignation of Billy Eppler effective October 5, 2023, and David Stearns leading the baseball operations team, the Mets consider this matter closed and will have no further comment.” One question remains, what will happen to Apple now?

What will happen to Billy Eppler now?

Billy Eppler is at a critical juncture after being suspended until the 2024 World Series. Although his baseball career is in jeopardy, he will not lose any salary, as the Mets have paid the remainder of his contract.

Billy Eppler (Credits - X)
Billy Eppler (Credits – X)

The contract was initially meant to last until the end of the 2025 season. But Eppler left abruptly last fall when MLB’s investigation came to light. Regarding his investigation, the former general manager said that he, “Cooperated fully and transparently with MLB’s investigation, and I accept their decision.”

Eppler’s suspension isn’t just a break; It also prevents him from joining another team until he is cleared to return. However, there is a glimmer of hope for him, as MLB is giving him the opportunity to apply for early reinstatement.

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