Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has been reinstated by Major League Baseball more than five years after being suspended for life by Commissioner Rob Manfred.
Coppolella, 44, was ejected from the sport in autumn 2017 after he was found to have grossly flouted rules related to signing international players.
After Coppolella applied for reinstatement, MLB officials noted that sources said he had made significant efforts to improve. An MLB spokesman told The Athletic, which was the first to report the change in Coppolella’s status, “We can confirm that Mr. Coppolella has been reinstated given the more than five years he has spent on the ineligible list, the the remorse he has expressed and the other steps he has taken in response to this matter.”
Coppolella lost his job as the Braves’ general manager at the end of the 2017 season after fitting in some of the pieces that proved integral to the club’s 2021 championship. He traded for shortstop Dansby Swanson and pitcher Max Fried, and during Coppolella’s tenure, the Braves signed Ronald Acuna Jr. and drafted hitter Austin Riley.
Alex Anthopoulos was hired to manage the Braves after Coppolella left.
Many of those banished from MLB were never reinstated, including all-time hit leader Pete Rose and legendary outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson.
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