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According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Kevin Maitan is one of 12 players on the Braves expected to become a free agent as a result of MLB's investigation into the club's international and domestic signing violations.

MLB isn't messing around. In addition to losing the prospects, Passan reports that the Braves will be subject to significant restrictions in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 international free agent classes. The club will also lose a third-round pick in 2018 for trying to offer "off-the-books perks" to Drew Waters, who was the 41st overall pick in this year's draft. Finally, the team will be banned from signing 14-year-old Robert Puason after illegally reaching an agreement. The scandal ended up ousting general manager John Coppolella and scout Gordon Blakeley. The new GM Alex Anthopoulos still has a fine farm system even after losing these prospects, but his job just became more challenging.
 

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1 minute ago, Ruzious said:

There aren't many people banned for life.  Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, and... John Coppolella? 

Anyone else?

Joe didn't act alone.

Anyway, he's dead so he's no longer banned.

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5 minutes ago, Ruzious said:

There aren't many people banned for life.  Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, and... John Coppolella? 

Anyone else?

7 other White Sox players...

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31 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

Joe didn't act alone.

Anyway, he's dead so he's no longer banned.

Well, it would be awkward if he showed up at a game.  

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I read the article.  I'm not sure I quite understand what happened.  I guess more along the lines of how MLB didn't know this was going on, or how they got caught.

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4 hours ago, Aglets said:

George Steinbrenner was banned for life once upon a time but the ban was sadly lifted eventually.

So, the lifespan of George's life ban was short-lived?  Ain't life grand?

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On 11/22/2017 at 7:45 AM, Aglets said:

George Steinbrenner was banned for life once upon a time but the ban was sadly lifted eventually.

George was not banned from baseball, he was banned from "day-to-day" management of the NY Yankees and he was allowed to continue to be the owner of the team.

From George's wiki:

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On July 30, 1990, Steinbrenner was banned permanently from day-to-day management (but not ownership) of the Yankees by MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent for paying a gambler named Howie Spira $40,000 to dig up "dirt" on Winfield. Winfield had sued the Yankees for failing to contribute $300,000 to his foundation, a guaranteed stipulation in his contract.[32] (Vincent originally proposed a 2-year suspension, but Steinbrenner wanted it worded as an "agreement" rather than a "suspension" to protect his relationship with the U.S. Olympic Committee; in exchange for that concession, Vincent made the "agreement" permanent.)

 

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David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Blakeley contends that there were high-ranking Braves officials aware of what he and permanently banned ex-GM John Coppollela were doing, per O’Brien, and it seems he’s set to name names in his meeting with ownership. To this point, MLB has punished Blakeley, Coppolella and the team itself, which the league stripped of 13 prospects the prior regime signed. Former president John Hart has dodged discipline from MLB thus far, but he’s now out of the Atlanta organization.

 

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