9 Year Old Booted From Little League

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IAugust 26, 2008

If you haven't heard yet, nine year old, Jericho Scott was banned from a Little League in New Haven, Connecticut for throwing too hard and too consistent...no joke.

Many players and parents complained about Jericho saying that nobody could hit against him so it wasn't fair for him to play. Scott was rumored to throw about 40 MPH which is extremely fast for a nine year old.

Parents said that this was a developmental time in children and they should not have to play against a player who discourages their abilities. Scott wasn't risking players health with chin music or massive amounts of wild pitches, he was said to throw right down the middle 95% of the time. “He’s never hurt any one,” Jericho's coach Wilfred Vidro said. “He’s on target all the time. How can you punish a kid for being too good?”

It was also told that Jericho turned down the offer to play on the leagues All-Star team, and the head coach of the team was also the league president (do we have a little revenge?).

In his Jericho's last game he took the mound and the other team forfeited, gathered their things and left the field. He was asked to play other positions or pitch in the older leagues.

A local attorney is planning on meeting with Nicole Scott, Jericho's mother, about the subject in the coming days.

“The whole objective in life is to find something you’re good at and stick with it," Nicole Smith said. “I’d rather he spend all his time on the baseball field than idolizing someone standing on the street corner.”

Me, personally think that this is outrageous. How can you kick a player out because of skill level? I bet if you kicked out the worst player in the league everybody affiliated with the league would be furious. I remember when I was younger and we had to face a faster thrower, we would get over the fear and go up and swing the stick, not cry and quit the game.

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