|Los Angeles Angels|
|Born: September 16, 1975|
San Diego, California
Billy Eppler (born September 16, 1975) is an American baseball executive. He is the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of the Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously served as the New York Yankees' director of professional scouting and assistant general manager.
Eppler is a native of San Diego, California, and graduated from University of San Diego High School in 1993. He attended the University of Connecticut and pitched for the Connecticut Huskies baseball team, until an arm injury ended his playing career. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in finance in 1998.
After graduating from Connecticut, Eppler interned with the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. The Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball hired Eppler as a scout in 2000. After the 2004 season, he was hired to scout for the New York Yankees, working in the Tampa office run by Mark Newman and Damon Oppenheimer. When Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was given the authority to restructure the Yankees' front office after the 2005 season, he created a professional scouting department and promoted Eppler to serve as its director. In that role, Eppler and his staff were responsible for scouting acquisitions, which led to the signings of Bartolo Colón, Eric Chavez, Cory Wade, Freddy García, Russell Martin, Andruw Jones, and Luis Ayala. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager during the 2011-12 offseason.
Eppler is well versed in the statistics of baseball, using them to sign Edwar Ramírez out of independent baseball. In 2011, Eppler interviewed for the general manager opening for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was one of the finalists for the position, which went to Jerry Dipoto. In August 2014, he interviewed to be the general manager for the San Diego Padres, but the Padres hired A. J. Preller. When the Arizona Diamondbacks fired Kevin Towers as their general manager in September 2014, Eppler was one of the five candidates they identified as a potential replacement. Eppler declined to interview for the position, and the Diamondbacks chose Dave Stewart.
After the 2015 season, following Dipoto's resignation, Eppler again interviewed with the Angels for their general manager position. The Angels hired Eppler as their general manager on October 4, signing him to a four-year contract. Later in October, the Angels lost front office executives Matt Klentak, Tim Bogar, and Scott Servais, who were hired by other organizations. Eppler developed his own analytics department, and brought some executives, including special assistant Eric Chavez, to the Angels from New York. Over the next few seasons, Eppler built around Mike Trout with acquisitions of Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton, Zack Cozart, Ian Kinsler, and Andrelton Simmons.