Pittsburgh Pirates' Xavier Paul.
Pittsburgh Pirates' Xavier Paul. Getty Images Sport - Jared Wickerham

ABL confident Bandit scam a one off

THE Australian Baseball League remains confident in its checks and balances after uncovering a bizarre scam that saw the Brisbane Bandits expecting a Major League player from the US who had no idea of his supposed move to Queensland.

Xavier Paul, an outfielder from the Pittsburgh Pirates, was thought to be joining the Bandits for the ABL season after being shopped around as part of a package deal with Breland Brown, a minor league player who was to go to the Sydney Blue Sox, The Courier-Mail reported today.

The only problem was, Paul was none the wiser. It emerged Brown had managed to spin an elaborate tale, including posing as a player agent, that saw him eventually listed on the Sydney roster before the ABL uncovered the rouse.

ABL general manager Ben Foster, who declined to identify Brown as the perpetrator, said he had never seen anything like the level of detail in the attempted scam but there was no chance it could have continued.

"The fact that a player would go to - quite frankly - such extreme measures to try and find himself a job here in the ABL is surprising. But it speaks volumes for how we've progressed in a little over a year," Foster said.

Read more at brisbanetimes.com.au

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