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John Coppolella, the former general manager of the Atlanta Braves, has been reinstated by Major League Baseball after being banned for life.

Sources say that MLB officials determined that he had substantively tried to improve himself after he applied for reinstatement. 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 spent on the ineligible list."

The Braves lost their general manager at the end of the year after he put in place some of the pieces that helped the club win its first championship in 21 years. The Braves signed Ronald Acuna Jr. and drafted Austin Riley as a result of the trades that he made with the Braves.

The Braves were run by Alex Anthopoulos after John Coppolella left.

Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson are just two of the many baseball players who have never been allowed back in the game.