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Baseball coach suspended for reporting box score to newspaper of game that was never played

Jul 6, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

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It was a heck of a pitching performance by Adam Sosnowski on Saturday: a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts, as Dickson City Post 665 beat Moscow Post 579 in Pennsylvania American Legion baseball. Only one problem: the game never happened. This is a new kind of fantasy baseball, wherein the coach calls the newspaper with details and statistics of a game that was never actually played.

An American Legion district baseball president and team manager was suspended after he gave the Scranton Times-Tribune the box score of a game that was never played because one team didn’t have enough players. Using information it received from Jeff Kovaleski, the Times-Tribune reported in Sunday’s papers that Dickson City beat Moscow 1-0 and that pitcher Adam Sosnowski only allowed two hits.

Here’s the online version of that story.

And yes, Kovaleski is also the president of the league.

Kovaleski says he gave the bogus results to the newspaper because he wanted to spare Moscow players the embarrassment of taking a forfeit. “I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, the newspaper or the league,” he tells the Scranton paper. “Being the president of the league, I did not want to embarrass anyone or hurt any kid’s feelings. I am very remorseful about doing it.”

But then perhaps Kovaleski can explain why he gave no hits to two of his players: first baseball Ed Bocan and shortstop James Malone. Both were 0-for-3 at the plate in the fake stats that their own coach gave the newspaper. “Coach, oh-for-three? Why? I’ve been doing so well in imaginary batting practice!” Meanwhile, center fielder Justin King was 2-for-3 with the game’s only fake RBI. Pretty good considering he was at Arby’s at the time.

  1. agelardi - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    I think a 2 hitter is more “embarrassing” than a forfeiture due to lack of players.