For the Alexandria Dukes, victories have been few as they compiled a 5-11 record in the early going of this Carolina League season. But just when things were looking up with an 8-1 victory tonight over the Rocky Mount Pines, the club's fourth win in its last five outings, the Dukes may have to forfeit all their victories after a complaint by Pines Manager Mal Fichman.
Fichman protested when Duke Manager Mike Toomey came out to play first base in the seventh inning of tonight's game. After a phone conversation with Carolina League President Jim Mills to determine whether Toomey is a player-manager, Fichman said the Dukes may have to forfeit all their victories because Mills had not received copies of any contracts from Alexandria.
Duke General Manager Rick Holt said Toomey was signed to a player-manager contract. "I know because I signed him myself," Holt said. "I signed everybody, including (Coach) Elwood Holland to a player contract because we don't have a full roster."
Holt also said that transmittals of all the Dukes' contracts were probably not in the league office, because the team first had to send the contracts to the parent club which must do the paperwork before forwarding a copy to Mills.
"I'll guarantee you that the contracts of half the players in the league aren't in the league office yet," Holt said.
In the game, three hits, including a two-run single by Jeff Rudolph and a triple by Luis Ortiz to score Rudolph, three walks and a Rocky Mount error led to six seventh-inning Alexandria runs.