The New York Mets, the highest-paid club in Major League Baseball (MLB), fired its general manager following its manager.
Mets general manager Billy Eppler announced on the 6th (Korean time), “I have decided to step down from my position in the hope that new president David Stearns will be able to form new leadership.”
Eppler, who served as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels from 2015 to 2020 before joining the Mets, is famous for scouting Japanese star Shohei Ohtani.
In addition, he demonstrated excellent skills in recruiting players, including renewing his contract with major league star Mike Trout for 12 years and signing a free agent contract with Anthony Landon.
However, the Angels were fired after the 2020 season due to poor performance, including falling to fourth place in the district four times during General Manager Eppler’s tenure.
Billionaire owner Steve Cohen signed a four-year contract with Eppler in November 2021 and delegated the authority to form players.
Following the hiring of Max Scherzer last year, General Manager Eppler brought in Justin Verlander and Japanese pitcher Kodai Senga this year, making the team’s total annual salary as of opening day the highest in the major leagues.
However, the Mets failed to advance to the fall baseball season as they finished fourth in the National League East Division with a winning percentage below .500.
The Mets, who ultimately fired manager Buck Showalter and general manager Eppler for their poor performance, are planning to start a new game by delegating full authority to baseball operations president Stearns.