On The Fence
Bobby Leach "The Rooster" | 2/18/2015, 11:36 a.m.
Hearing news of Little League International's decision to strip Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team of its national championship after accusations were investigated reportedly finding the team violated regulations by including players who didn't qualify because they lived outside the team's boundaries, frankly runs the gambit of personal reactionary emotions.
According to a statement from Little League International " After an extensive review of the operations of Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4, the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee has determined that the Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4 Administrator knowingly violated Little League International Rules and Regulations by placing players on their team who did not qualify to play because they lived outside the team’s boundaries."
"Little League International found that Jackie Robinson West Little League used a falsified boundary map for their 2014 tournament, and that Jackie Robinson West Little League officials met with other leagues in Illinois District 4 to try to get the territory they wrongfully claimed was theirs for their 2014 tournament."
The allegations in the Little League International press statement are riddled with the word "knowingly" which very much calls into question the actions of a few adults however, the kids are taking the brunt of the punishment. Fair? Personally I don't think so and in fact think this action far exceeds the supposed violations as well as targeting the whole versus only those ultimately responsible.
"This is the third time in the 68-year history of the Little League Baseball World Series that punitive actions have led to vacating wins from a league – first in 1992 with the disqualification of Zamboanga (Philippines) City Little League and again in 2001 with Rolando Paulino Little League from Bronx, N.Y." Strikingly, each case pointed out by Little League International involve minority players. Coincidence? Perhaps but none the less adding fuel to supporters of the Jackie Robinson West squad that may question if race has anything to do with the harsh punishment.
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