My buddy Greg sent me this article at ESPN about a 9-year-old boy in Connecticut who has been told his 40 mph fast ball makes him “too good” to pitch in his baseball league.Â Teams have refused to play when he pitches, and his team is being disbanded at players redistributed to other teams.
But Vidro says he didn’t quit and the team refuses to disband. Players and parents held a protest at the league’s field on Saturday urging the league to let Jericho pitch.
It sounds like there are some political shenanigans going on beneath the surface because the kid isn’t playing for the team league officials wanted him to play for.Â My initial reaction was, “This is an outrage!Â He’s pitching amongst his peers.Â They should adjust to his speed and become better batters.”
He’s not pitching against his peers.Â The age groups in little league are set up as a guideline for skill level.Â His skill level is greater than most people his age, at least in this particular league.Â Why don’t his parents let him play in either a tougher league or with older kids?Â Those are his peers.Â Are they afraid for him to have to compete too?
I don’t see either party as being in the right on this one.Â The league is in the wrong to punish a kid and his teammates for being good at the game, but if the kid and his parents truly believe he’s on his way to becoming the next Randy Johnson, maybe they should consider having him play with kids who can challenge him.Â If they don’t, everyone’s may catch up to him in a few years, and he’ll be left reliving the glory days of striking out second graders.
- Baseball in 2008–meh
- Steroids and Baseball–Let The Records Stand
- I Hope Southwest Rethinks Their Policies