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9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« on: August 25, 2008, 09:03:34 PM »
This is bull - the kid should be able to play even if he's better than the rest...


9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch

Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player — too good, it turns out. The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/bby_too_good_to_pitch;_ylt=ArJn.Q5LVdeJwxDoIKRqRxes0NUE

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2008, 09:19:59 PM »
The wussification of America continues.

What next helmets for when you ride your bike?


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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2008, 09:36:09 PM »
The wussification of America continues.

What next helmets for when you ride your bike?


Oh!


Nevermind!



Mandatory conflict resolution training.

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008, 09:40:14 PM »
actually bike helmets really are needs
an old friend of mine did a head on with a cadilac and ended up only with a broken toe.
later on when he looked at his helmet ,more than an inch on the top was scraped off.
that could(not maybe) of been his head .
so safety laws are nothing to be ignored lightly

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008, 09:50:02 PM »
but it did bring up a interesting issue .
until he actually is proven a danger he should play.
but the parents should take complete and total liability
meaning as long as the coach is willing to brief the boy`s mom the potential dangers and let the mom take the heat for everything it should be ok.
but it`s next to impossible for that to happen
no matter how much a parent will take responsibility.
the team will always end up getting sued .
legally speaking parents tend to be immune by such problems

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2008, 09:57:22 PM »
I grew up riding bikes without a helmet and except for the occasional eye twitch i came out fine.


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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2008, 10:42:57 AM »
cmon bt
you know it doesn`t work that way
the helmet is just extra protection.
useless you hit stuff with your bike and get thrown often and hit your head on the pavement with no problem .
then you may have a case.

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2008, 11:20:40 AM »
Come to think of it, I really don't see many kids riding bikes anymore. If they'd made us suit up like quarterbacks when we were kids, I doubt I'd have been very interested, either.
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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2008, 11:34:21 AM »
I'm trying to remember the last time i saw a sandlot ball game.

Danger Will Robinson.

Sheesh

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2008, 12:32:49 PM »
 >:(
"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." -- Aristotle

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2008, 02:35:55 PM »
I reread that article
the truth is he`s not useable in the game
if he`s really that good he shouldn`t be playing at that age level he should go up a few slots.
I mean what`s the point.
it not like adults are allowed to play little league for the very same reason.
remember if he stays it`ll be a very unfun game.
nothing wrong with the kid but he`s simply not playing in his age catagory and it`s unfair to other team
I hope I`m wrong but looks like that league is shot
the lawsuit is just not gonna be good all around.
I just don`t see a reason why he can`t just be bumped up.

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2008, 10:23:23 AM »
I second kimba's motion.  It's the obvious solution.  The kid's out of his league, as they say. 

When my son was in Little League, there was a rule that the game would be called in favour of the leading team if they opened up a thirty-point lead.  This would spare the losing team the embarrassment and the depression of being whipped 120 to 3, once it became obvious that's where the game was headed.  Kids play for fun, and not everyone in the Little Leagues is going to be headed into the majors.  The league is a service and its users are the players.  They come looking for fun, not life lessons, and if there's no fun for a 9-year-old in being whipped 100 to 1, the league has to remove whatever it is that makes it not fun.

It's the same with a Little Leaguer and a 40-mph fast ball.  Every kid who steps up to the plate is going to be struck out or walked.  In addition, in return for the pleasure of being humiliated in every one of his at-bats, the kid has to run the risk of being hit by a 40-mph ball and seriously injured.  A parent would have to be nuts to put his kid into a "game" like that.

Bumping the pitcher up to the next division is an obvious win-win solution to the problem.  It's pure common sense, something that once again the conservatives who comment on this issue have proven they completely lack.

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2008, 11:56:39 AM »
Strange....I don't see any conservatives claiming the boy must stay in his age division.  Must be another Tee lie
"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." -- Aristotle

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2008, 12:32:04 PM »
<<Strange....I don't see any conservatives claiming the boy must stay in his age division.  Must be another Tee lie>>

Actually, I saw Kramer, BT and yourself - - all the usual suspects - - commenting on the absurdity of not letting the kid pitch, with none of you coming up with the obvious solution of moving the kid up to the next division.  Apart from the fact that NONE of you had the simple common sense to recognize the obvious solution to the problem, your objection to the decision stopping the kid from pitching meant that if you had had kids in little league, you'd be perfectly happy to have them facing off against 40-mph pitches at the age of 9.  Again I ask, what planet do you folks really live on?

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Re: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2008, 01:36:39 PM »
The abusurdity of daring to have other kids feelings hurt by being struck out countless times was the issue.  It had zip to do with claiming the child needed to be mandated to play in his age group.  That was YOUR leap of illogic --> false accusation --> lie
"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." -- Aristotle