Mets' General Manager Billy Eppler Resigns Amid MLB Investigation

Photo: Instagram/Billy Eppler

Billy Eppler, who recently transitioned to the role of general manager for the New York Mets, has surprisingly stepped down from his position.

This abrupt decision came just three days after the team's new president of baseball operations, David Stearns, had expressed optimism about their collaboration in the revamped front office. However, the situation took a significant turn when it was revealed that MLB is conducting an investigation into Eppler's actions, although the specifics of the investigation remain undisclosed.

In a statement, Eppler explained his departure, stating that he wanted to provide Stearns with a clean slate for his leadership. Despite his relatively short tenure of less than two years, Eppler oversaw a successful 101-win season in 2022 but faced criticism for the team's underperformance in 2023, following a series of high-profile offseason acquisitions.

Photo: Instagram/Billy Eppler

The New York Post initially reported MLB's investigation into Eppler's potential misuse of the injured list, which likely contributed to his resignation. As the investigation unfolds, the nature and extent of Eppler's actions will become clearer.

Before joining the Mets, Eppler held key roles with the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees, making his departure from the Mets a notable event in the baseball world. This sudden vacancy in the Mets' baseball operations hierarchy has left Stearns with a challenge of finding a suitable replacement for Eppler.

Stearns currently has assistant GMs Ian Levin and Ben Zauzmer, who were with the organization prior to Eppler's arrival, and other staff members who were part of Eppler's team. The future of the Mets' front office and the selection of a new manager, following the recent firing of Buck Showalter, are now top priorities for Stearns.

Steve Cohen, the team's owner, had initially envisioned a collaborative approach between Stearns and Eppler to strengthen the organization's management talent. However, with Eppler's resignation and the ongoing MLB investigation, the Mets' front office is facing a period of uncertainty and transition.

Stearns has indicated his intent to cast a wide net in the search for a new manager as he navigates these changes.

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Source: MLB


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