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    Hmm.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080825/...nMgBEhsB6Fb5vp

    9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
    By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press Writer
    1 hour, 25 minutes ago



    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.



    Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Jericho's team, redistributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it. They say Jericho's coach, Wilfred Vidro, has resigned.

    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.

    "He's never hurt any one," Vidro said. "He's on target all the time. How can you punish a kid for being too good?"

    The controversy bothers Jericho, who says he misses pitching.

    "I feel sad," he said. "I feel like it's all my fault nobody could play."

    Jericho's coach and parents say the boy is being unfairly targeted because he turned down an invitation to join the defending league champion, which is sponsored by an employer of one of the league's administrators.

    Jericho instead joined a team sponsored by Will Power Fitness. The team was 8-0 and on its way to the playoffs when Jericho was banned from pitching.

    "I think it's discouraging when you're telling a 9-year-old you're too good at something," said his mother, Nicole Scott. "The whole objective in life is to find something you're good at and stick with it. I'd rather he spend all his time on the baseball field than idolizing someone standing on the street corner."

    League attorney Peter Noble says the only factor in banning Jericho from the mound is his pitches are just too fast.

    "He is a very skilled player, a very hard thrower," Noble said. "There are a lot of beginners. This is not a high-powered league. This is a developmental league whose main purpose is to promote the sport."

    Noble acknowledged that Jericho had not beaned any batters in the co-ed league of 8- to 10-year-olds, but say parents expressed safety concerns.

    "Facing that kind of speed" is frighteneing for beginning players, Noble said.

    League officials say they first told Vidro that the boy could not pitch after a game on Aug. 13. Jericho played second base the next game on Aug. 16. But when he took the mound Wednesday, the other team walked off and a forfeit was called.

    League officials say Jericho's mother became irate, threatening them and vowing to get the league shut down.

    "I have never seen behavior of a parent like the behavior Jericho's mother exhibited Wednesday night," Noble said.

    Scott denies threatening any one, but said she did call the police.

    League officials suggested that Jericho play other positions, or pitch against older players or in a different league.

    Local attorney John Williams was planning to meet with Jericho's parents Monday to discuss legal options.

    "You don't have to be learned in the law to know in your heart that it's wrong," he said. "Now you have to be punished because you excel at something?"
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    He's probably 17
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    • #3
      He's probably better than most of the Royals bullpen.

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      • #4
        That is interesting as DK (who is 9) has a fastball that tops out around 45 and he has hit players but was never told he was too good that he could not play because the batters get hits sometimes. Maybe the batters in New Haven just suck.
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        • #5
          Jericho's coach and parents say the boy is being unfairly targeted because he turned down an invitation to join the defending league champion, which is sponsored by an employer of one of the league's administrators.

          Jericho instead joined a team sponsored by Will Power Fitness. The team was 8-0 and on its way to the playoffs when Jericho was banned from pitching.
          That's probably the whole story right there.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Guppy View Post
            That is interesting as DK (who is 9) has a fastball that tops out around 45 and he has hit players but was never told he was too good that he could not play because the batters get hits sometimes. Maybe the batters in New Haven just suck.
            Yeah, my 8 year old throws about 40. What's the big deal?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by FAR52 View Post
              Yeah, my 8 year old throws about 40. What's the big deal?
              No shit. My son is 9 and just got done playing little league. There is a kid on his team that throws in the low 50's supposedly. He plays third in this league (coach pitch) but pitches in two other leagues that he plays in. And I was told that there is a kid on one of his other teams that can throw in the high 50's.
              “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

              Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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              • #8
                When Anthony Reyes was 9 years old, he threw 98. Then Duncan went to one of his Little League games and made him throw a four-seamer, and he got lit up.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by FAR52 View Post
                  Yeah, my 8 year old throws about 40. What's the big deal?
                  Like ksbluesfan said in his quote, I think that is the real story too.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by backstop View Post
                    When Anthony Reyes was 9 years old, he threw 98. Then Duncan went to one of his Little League games and made him throw a four-seamer, and he got lit up.
                    Had to. The kids were hitting his high heater for too many homers.
                    “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

                    Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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                    • #11
                      Shit, I'm getting ready to take my 9 yr old to the park to throw him some 45-50 mph heaters to get him ready for player pitch next yr.

                      I hope he doesnt file a lawsuit against me...
                      “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

                      Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bleacher Creature View Post
                        League officials suggested that Jericho play other positions, or pitch against older players or in a different league.

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                        What a load of crapola. The boy is nine, let him pitch against kids his age.
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                        • #13
                          If I am Russia and I just read that story, I'm launching my attack on US soil.
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                          • #14
                            My kid can pound railroad spikes into solid oak beams with his penis.

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                            • #15
                              My unborn child can beat up Moon's kid, and I've never even talked to a female.

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