Eppler rumored in Padres GM search


According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, with a hat tip to MLBTR, Yanks director of pro scouting Billy Eppler has been rumored as a candidate for the Padres’ vacant GM spot. The Padres, however, have not yet asked permission to speak with him. Eppler has been Brian Cashman‘s most trusted adviser since 2005 and runs a department of 12 scouts who cover the Big Leagues and Japan. Assuming San Diego’s rumored interest is in fact true, this should be the first of many GM opportunities for Eppler, just 33 years old.

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  1. Big V says:

    I had a chance to meet Billy Eppler when I was bartending on the Upper East Side. The guy is a class act all the way, and it would be an insult to his professionalism to say he knows his baseball, but what I will say is the guy has the ability to discuss baseball with a guy like me. We discussed the inner workings of many different clubs around the majors, and while I won’t say that he gave away any insider secret, I will say that he did mention that Hughes may have a future in the bullpen, and this was 2007. I wish for nothing but the best for him, he is from San Diego so my guess is that would be a dream job for him, but we would lose a gem. Best of luck Mr. Eppler.

  2. jsbrendog says:

    only good things can come of your gm’s team becoming gms themselves. that means the talent is high and the program has a high reputation and will have no trouble hiring the best FO talent going forward.

    • Tom Swift says:

      Also, we would have a friend at the helm of the Pads, making deals possible. Of course, a guy who knows so much about our minor league talent might take us to the cleaners.

  3. Mario Speedwagon says:

    What are the typical prerequisites to become a General Manager to a Major League Baseball team at such a young age like some of these guys anyway??

  4. Mike Pop says:

    If you want to take him from us San Diegans, you have to pull him from our cold, dead hands.

  5. Good reason why Eppler may just be the frontrunner:

    He and his wife are both from San Diego. Got married there two years ago as well.


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