Mets general manager Billy Eppler RESIGNS after New York hired David Stearns as President of Baseball Operations and fired Buck Showalter

  • The Mets hired David Stears as President of Baseball Operations last month
  • Eppler claimed he was stepping down to allow Mets and Stearns a clean slate
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New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler has resigned, the team announced Thursday. 

Eppler’s resignation comes after the organization hired David Stearns as its new President of Baseball Operations. 

Eppler claimed he was stepping down to allow the Mets and Stearns a clean slate. 

‘I wanted David to have a clean slate and that meant me stepping down,’ he said in a press release. ‘I hope for nothing but the best for the entire Mets organization.’ 

‘Billy Eppler led this team through a 101-win season and postseason berth last year and he will be missed,’ Mets Owner, Chairman and CEO Steve Cohen said. ‘We accepted Billy’s resignation today as he decided it is in everyone’s best interest to fully hand over the leadership of Baseball Operations to David Stearns. On behalf of the Mets organization, we wish him all the best.’ 

New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler has resigned, the team announced Thursday

The Mets made the monumental front office hire last month with Stearns joining the team at the end of this season. 

The 39-year-old is a New York native and was the face of the Milwaukee Brewers, presiding over the most successful period in the franchise’s history.

Stearns was hired as the General Manager of the Brewers in 2015, succeeding Doug Melvin, and at the time he became the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball.

Four years later, in 2019, he was promoted to his current role as President of Baseball Operations, and the Brewers have made the postseason in every year bar one since.

They entered the playoffs in the National League wildcard spot in 2019 and 2020, while they were NL Central champions in 2021. 

Last year they had a three-game lead at the top when they traded Josh Hader to the Padres, but went on to collapse to a 29-31 record and were eliminated from playoff contention.

This season, the team are flying high at the top and look destined to be crowned NL Central champions with ease, currently sitting three games ahead of the Cubs and seven games ahead of the Reds.

Meanwhile, Showalter was fired at the beginning of this month after the Mets’ miserable 2023 season. 

Despite obtaining the highest payroll in MLB at close to $348million in 2023, via Spotrac, the Mets have been one of the league’s biggest disappointments after heading into Sunday’s final games with a 74-86 record.

Talk of a change at the helm was rife ahead of Stearns’ arrival as President of Baseball Operations this summer, and Showalter confirmed prior to their last outing against the Phillies that he will not return as manager next season.

‘I was honored to get a chance to manage a second New York team,’ the 67-year-old, who enjoyed two seasons as Mets manager, told reporters. ‘I’m proud of what the Mets did. 

‘We won close to 180 games in two years. Especially last year, as much fun as I’ve ever had in the game. It reminded me of why I always loved this kind of work.’ 

More to follow.