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. 

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.

Along with GM John Coppolella, Braves special assistant Gordon Blakeley was caught up in this and is also resigning.

​​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.

​​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.