Well, this wasn't the news that was supposed to be coming out of Atlanta today.
In a shocking turn of events, Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella will resign today, via Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
BREAKING: #Braves GM John Coppolella expected to resign today, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 2, 2017
The resignation comes as a complete surprise and the full reasoning isn't completely clear at the moment, but the reports are it has to do with talent acquisition practices in Latin America.
Resignation of Coppolella believed to stem in part from issues with #Braves’ talent acquisition in Latin America.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 2, 2017
Along with GM John Coppolella, Braves special assistant Gordon Blakeley was caught up in this and is also resigning.
#Braves special asst Blakeley also resigning, sources tell The Athletic. MLB investigating team for circumvention of int’l signing rules.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 2, 2017
Major League Baseball has been investigating the situation in recent weeks, leading to the resignation of the two high-profile members of this organization. There was at least one anonymous complaint filed against the Braves involving a breach in the rules regarding acquiring talent in Latin America.
Numerous issues with John Coppolella came up as the league looked into the situation. At least one anonymous complaint was filed with MLB.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 2, 2017
Who knows what this black cloud will mean for president of baseball operations John Hart and his contract, which expired at the end of the season, as well as future searches for a GM and potential manager.
This is an ugly mess for the Braves.