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Braves lose 13 players, ex-GM banned

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ATLANTA (AP) The Braves lost 13 prospects and former general manager John Coppolella was banned for life by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for circumventing international signing rules from 2015-17.

Former Atlanta special assistant Gordon Blakeley, who was the team's international scouting chief, was suspended from baseball for one year by Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Sanctions imposed by Manfred leave the Braves unable to bargain at full strength for a top Latin American prospect until 2021.

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Rank Name BA
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2 A. García, CWS.330
3 E. Hosmer, KC.318
4 J. Ramírez, Cle.318
5 J. Reddick, Hou.314
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7 J. Mauer, Min.305
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Rank Name BA
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2 D. Murphy, Was.322
3 J. Turner, LAD.322
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7 D. LeMahieu, Col.310
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