Nine Year Old Kid Told He Is Too Good For Youth League: Are You Kidding?

Chase RuttigCorrespondent IAugust 25, 2008

In case you haven't been around SI.com lately, I would like to share a article with you that made me want to puke.

Here is the link:

Sports Illustrated

Basically the gist of the story is the young child pictured above was told he is too good to pitch in his youth league.

Yes, young Jericho Scott is so good that his youth league decided he could not pitch anymore because he could "hurt" someone.

The only thing this young boy could hurt is the egos of all those middle-aged coaches driving there Dodge Caravans full of nine year old's trying to get a trophy and thinking they are the Tony La Russa's of Youth League baseball.

I am starting to see why we are seeing more and more foreign players in our pro sports leagues. When other countries find players that are this good, they encourage them to get better, not discourage them from playing.

The league expresses safety concerns citing, "facing that kind of speed is frightening for beginners". As Jericho can throw a 40 MPH fastball. Well if those players are to scared to face 40 MPH what happens when they move up to Little League and have to face 60-70 MPH pitches?

If a kid is too good maybe the opposing coaches should focus on teaching their kids to sacrifice bunt when they get runners on base, or maybe teach their kids in the 40 MPH batting cages so they aren't shocked come game day.

Are we getting so soft that we will not allow a kid to play a sport he loves because he is extremely good at it? We already pretend that both teams tie when the get their clocks cleaned, we need to stop coddling kids, who lets face it are competitive and want to win in the first place.

I totally understand if he had no control and pitched that fast it would be a safety issue, but being to good for his opponents? Do we tell Kobe that he can't play in the NBA because he dropped 81 points against the Raptors? Did we kick Kerry Wood out of the MLB for pitching 20 strikeouts in a game? Did we disband the New England Patriots because they were to good?

Sports are not about having an even playing field. There are winners and there are losers, let's cut the bs and let this kid play. I hope I see this Jericho Scott in the majors one day. 

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