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Lighting up the radar gun too soon?
2008-08-26 06:46
by Bob Timmermann

Ember Nickel passes on the story of Jericho Scott, the 9-year old from New Haven, who can hit 40 mph on the radar gun.

However for a 9-year old that's a bit too fast for anyone to catch up with, so Jericho has been asked to either play in the field or pitch against older kids.

If you read the whole article, it looks like the real problem in the whole story may be, could be, possibly be, THE ADULTS.

However, I would say that a game of baseball among 9-year olds where no one can make contact is not a lot of fun.

2008-08-26 07:07:23
1.   dianagramr
"Coming up on Larry King Live .... the battle of Jericho Scott"
2008-08-26 07:32:29
2.   jonnystrongleg
The facts of this story don't add up.

Youth leagues have been dealing with talent disparity for many, many decades - there's no way these people could have bungled this so badly when the solutions are not only obvious, they're historical. Also, 40 mph is NOT overwhelmingly fast for that age group. (11 year olds were just face 70+ in the LLWS!)

Was he offered promotion? What other leagues are available? What is the make-up of his current league?

Seems to me if he is playing in a weaker (beginners, less talented individuals) league and had the chance to move up and he refused for whatever reason, then it's not so unreasonable to restrict him from pitching. If, however, this is the only place he can play, then he has to be allowed to pitch.

2008-08-26 08:44:59
3.   MC Safety
When I was playing Senior Majors, (the league the HS kids could play in after the season was over) they banned Sean Burroughs from pitching because he was so filthy.
2008-08-26 08:48:20
4.   ToyCannon
Maybe Sean should have stuck to pitching.

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