Hey, looks like Pete Rose has company.
And it’s bad company considering it’s Braves general manager John Coppolella who was banned for life by Major League Baseball yesterday for circumventing international signing rules from 2015-17.
And while those words sound fancy, what he did was downright awful. The MLB's investigation determined the Braves moved international signing bonus pool money from one player to boost another player's contract.
Which is why the team has also lost 13 future prospects as well.
In addition, former Atlanta special assistant Gordon Blakeley, who was the team's international scouting chief, was suspended from baseball for one year by commissioner Rob Manfred.
Sanctions imposed by Manfred will leave the Braves unable to bargain at full strength for a top Latin American prospect until 2021.
Most notable among the players the Braves will lose is Kevin Maitan, an infielder from Venezuela who signed for $4.25 million in 2016.
The 13 players will be free to negotiate as free agents with other teams.
Also, the Braves will forfeit their third-round selection in the 2018 draft as punishment for offering "impermissible benefits" to an unnamed draft pick in an effort to convince him to sign for a lower bonus.
The investigation showed the players signed by the Braves in 2016-17 would have been unavailable if the team had not circumvented the rules by moving bonus pool money.