Major League Baseball drops death penalty on Braves, bans John Coppolella for life

  • Major League Baseball drops death penalty on Braves, bans John Coppolella for life

Major League Baseball drops death penalty on Braves, bans John Coppolella for life

Former Atlanta Braves General Manager John Coppolella was banned from working in professional baseball for life Tuesday over rule violations the club committed in signing worldwide players.

"With respect to individual discipline, former Braves General Manager John Coppolella will be placed on the permanently ineligible list, effective immediately". Former GM John Coppolella, who lost his job amid the investigation, has been barred for life, while former scout Gordon Blakely will be suspended for one year. Former Braves Special Assistant Gordon Blakeley, who was the team's global scouting chief, is suspended from performing services for any team for one year.

As a result, the Braves signed nine players - Juan Contreras, Yefri del Rosario, Abrahan Gutierrez, Kevin Maitan, Juan Carlos Negret, Yenci Pena, Yunior Severino, Livan Soto and Guillermo Zunigo - during the 2016-17 period, who "would have been unavailable to them had the Club accurately accounted for its signings during the 2015-16 signing period", noted Manfred.

Rob Manfred and the league came down hard on the Braves, stripping them off several high-profile prospects and limiting their ability to spend on the worldwide market for the next two years. "Had the Club signed the five players to contracts containing their actual bonuses, however, the Braves would have exceeded their signing bonus pool by more than five percent and would have been, under Major League Baseball rules, restricted from signing any players during the next two signing periods for contracts with bonuses greater than $300,000".

"As we expressed last week, our organization has not lived up to the standard our fans expect from us and that we expect from ourselves. We are instituting the changes necessary to prevent this from ever happening again and remain excited about the future of Braves baseball".

The Braves will also lose a third-round pick in the 2018 draft (penalty for the Waters infraction), and their global signing bonus money will be drastically reduced through July 2021.

"The senior baseball operations officials responsible for the misconduct are no longer employed by the Braves", Manfred said.