This has been a trying start to the offseason for Braves fans. Due to an ongoing investigation into the Braves’ dealings on the international free agent market (and the draft according to some reports), general manager John Coppolella was forced to resign. In addition to Coppolella, special assistant Gordon Blakeley resigned and in Ken Rosenthal’s most recent report, these moves could be only the beginning for the Braves.
Rosenthal’s report is behind the Athletic’s paywall (seriously, you should consider subscribing as the folks over at The Athletic are doing great work), but the gist is that the Braves could be in big trouble. While the details as to what violations are alleged to have occurred, one source told Rosenthal that the scope of said violations of the rules that govern the signing of amateurs on the international market as “unprecedented” which can easily be interpreted as the Braves could get the hammer from Major League Baseball before this is over.
Rosenthal also echoes a sentiment that has been on the minds of many of late that John Hart’s insistence that he was unaware of what was going on is either A) not true, in which case Hart could easily be the next Braves’ official out the door or B) strong evidence of a lack of oversight from the Braves which could, in turn, affect how big a penalty the Braves get (and also call into question whether Hart can stay on as well).
Also of note, Rosenthal notes that it is likely that both first base coach Eddie Perez and bench coach Terry Pendleton will not return as members of the coaching staff in 2018. In short, Braves fans....this whole ordeal is far from over.