Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has his fingerprints all over the Braves current rebuild. Involved with the team since 2006 and becoming the general manager in 2015, Coppolella was instrumental, along with John Hart, in the decision to go for a full rebuild of the team including what was, at the time, a bereft farm system. While the results on the field have been less than good during his tenure, the team has been nearly universally praised for the organization’s work building the farm system through the draft and the international free agent market.
Very suddenly, it appears that Coppolella’s tenure with the Braves have come to an end.
BREAKING: #Braves GM John Coppolella expected to resign today, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 2, 2017
This is a developing story and we will keep you updated with the details as much as we can. Rosenthal has recently reported about discord within the Braves front office with the narrative being there was two distinct sides with the older guard (John Schuerholz) pitted against the newer guard (John Coppolella). Beyond that was somewhat unclear, but as of this moment it appears that the cause of Coppy’s resignation is fairly specific.
Resignation of Coppolella believed to stem in part from issues with #Braves’ talent acquisition in Latin America.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 2, 2017
No word yet about the specifics regarding what the Braves’ or Coppy’s issues with the Braves’ international free agent signings is currently available. However, it appears as though there is more than just issues with Coppelella.
Special assistant to the GM Gordon Blakeley also involved in issues #Braves are facing, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 2, 2017
We will keep you updated as this story develops.
***UPDATE: 1:02 PM***
Gordon Blakely has also resigned