Every year a new group of youngsters get their chance to showcase their talents in Williamsport at the Little League World Series—kids that we watch in awe as they amaze us with their bats and arms.
Where do they go?
When all is said and done, these kids usually fade into the background. Doesn't anyone ever wonder what happened to these players who gave their all at a young age?
Here is a list of five players that played in the Little League World Series and where they are now.
Former MLB player, Charlie Hayes and his Hattiesburg, MS, team beat the Youngstown,OH, team 9-2 in the 1977 LLWS.
Charlie is most known for his game winning catch to clinch the World Series for the New York Yankees. He retired after the 2001 season with the Astros
Charlie's son, Tyree, is a pitcher in the Rays organization.
Hayes currently gives hitting lessons and runs a youth team in Texas.
In 1980, a young Gary Sheffield and Tampa,FL lost in the championship game of the LLWS to Chinese Tapaei 4-3.
Although Gary didn't come out on top in 1980, his MLB career was certainly a success.
Drafted sixth overall in 1986, Sheffield has been a nine time All-Star, amassed over 500 career home runs, and won the World Series in 1997 with the Florida Marlins.
Sheffield has not officially retired from baseball, and is currently looking for a MLB contract.
Behind Cody Webster, Kirkland,WA blanked Taiwan 6-0 to win the 1982 LLWS—impressive considering Taiwan had won 10 of the last 13 LLWS previous to this.
Unfortunately for Cody, 1982 was the peak of greatness for him.
He went on to play for a short period at Eastern Washington University, but that was the end of his baseball career. A dislocated shoulder and a lost love for the game made sure of that.
In 1984 Jason Varitek and Altamonte, FL, were downed 6-2 by the Koreans in the LLWS.
Much success was in store for Varitek though.
Varitek was the 14th overall pick in the 1994 MLB draft, a three-time All-Star selection, two-time World Series champion, and a corner stone of the Boston Red Sox since 1999.
Currently Varitek is the backup catcher for the Red Sox and is batting .263 with seven home runs this season.
Almonte was among the most talented players ever to appear at the LLWS. He was also a part of the biggest scandal in LLWS history.
It was found out that Almonte was really 14 years old, rather than 12 which was stated on his birth certificate.
In the end the Rolando Paulino All-Stars were forced to forfeit all their wins and they were wiped from the LLWS record books.
As for Almonte, he never was able to reach the peak of success like he did during the 2001 LLWS.
He has played some college baseball at a community college, and on some semi-pro teams with some success, but not enough to get him signed to an MLB contract.
Currently, Almonte is the assistant coach at his former high school, James Monroe in the Bronx.