I’ve heard of fantasy baseball, but this is ridiculous.
The president of District 11 American Legion Baseball and manager of Dickson City Post 665 has been suspended for concocting a box score - including fake statistics for players - of a game that was never played.
Jeff Kovaleski fabricated a box score from Saturday’s scheduled game against Moscow Post 579 - a game Dickson City won by forfeit because Moscow did not have enough players to field a team - and reported it to The Times-Tribune. The bogus box score and a write-up of the “game” was published in Sunday’s editions.
“He has been suspended from involvement with American Legion Baseball indefinitely for a period no less than the rest of 2012,” George Roskos, Region 5 Director of the Pennsylvania American Legion, said. “The result should have been reported as a forfeit.”
On Tuesday, Kovaleski said he wanted to spare the players from Moscow the embarrassment of taking a forfeit, which his team had to do several years ago.
“I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, the newspaper or the league,” Kovaleski said. “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.”