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Is it reasonable to banned a 9 year old pitcher from a league because he is too good? what's your reaction/comment?
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Posted 8/25/08 , edited 8/26/08
As others have mentioned, I think it's unfair for the kid to be banned. At the same time, considering the kid's ability to throw that fast and hard @ 9 years old, the childs parent's should have signed him up for travel baseball instead of a recreational league.

As a former collegiate baseball player, my opinion on the matter is that most leagues emphasize on basically 2 things. Fun and safety. A 9 year old who can throw a 40mph heater is simply too advanced at that level. Judging from the article, he can throw it with decent control, which simply makes other kids be nervous and scared and they won't have as much fun playing. The article itself mentioned that the league itself is a developmental league whose players have little experience.

When I was 9-10 years old, I played to have fun, as I grew older and became more competitive, I simply changed leagues and started playing in leagues whose talent and competitive level matched mine.

Again, I do believe that the league was rather unreasonable banning the child in question, however I believe it could have been handled better.
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Posted 8/25/08 , edited 8/26/08
he should just start playing with his not-incredible hand
Posted 8/25/08 , edited 8/26/08
Nope. Not fair at all. Why would they want to take away a nine year old's joy just because he's good ?? They should just have a fun game with the 9 nine year fast pitcher instead of being cowards and ban him. =\
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Posted 8/25/08 , edited 8/26/08

IceMonkey wrote:

In the article I read , it said parents were concerned with their child's safety, even though he hasn't hit a single batter yet. It also he was topping out at 40 mph, which is decently fast for a 9 year old, but not so fast that it would seriously hurt anyone.


Ah, so the parents were concerned. However, that's a real waste of potential, they really should keep him playing. Who knows? He might even become one of those pros.
Seriously, they really should reconsider what they did.
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Posted 8/25/08 , edited 8/26/08
I saw this at yahoo.. I was like wtf he's out just 'cause he's good? I feel sorry for the kid...
Posted 8/25/08 , edited 8/26/08
I think it's unfair because the kid's parents paid the league to put him in and let him further his skills, and then these obnoxious losers come along and start whining about his skills, why can't they just admit they aren't perfect?
Posted 8/26/08 , edited 8/26/08
No it isnt fair. They are just a bunch of bastard-cowards who wont take up a challenge. And that kid should just find a better league to play for.
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Posted 8/26/08 , edited 8/26/08
I think it's not fair at all! It's not his fault he's so damn good at it!

If I were him I'd join the professional little league! I saw it on ESPN! Little league kids were treated like professional baseball... It was seriously like watching professional baseball players play baseball EXCEPT it's like they've been zapped by a shrink ray!

I think he should join the profession little league as revenge to that stupid little league that wouldn't let him play!
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Posted 8/26/08 , edited 8/26/08
its not da kid fault he's too nice for everyone to handle
Posted 8/26/08 , edited 8/26/08
Serious ? but its fair , really .. child safely is more important . If he damaged his arms , he will never get to pitch anymore . THAT is more important . Health and safely came first .
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Posted 8/26/08 , edited 8/26/08
lol that's like banning Michael Phelps from swimming
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Posted 8/26/08 , edited 8/26/08

music190 wrote:

Long title.


what would be your shorter version of the title?
Posted 8/26/08 , edited 8/26/08

Kippu wrote:

The kid can get hurt. Why shouldn't he kick him out?
Just wait until he's a bit older, whats the big deal? -___-;


it's about ability~
and hey, that guy's proud of being young and good, of course he wantes to show off
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Posted 8/26/08 , edited 8/26/08
It's obviously not reasonable, kicking out any kid from a sport is stupid unless their is a really good reason and this isn't one of them....
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Posted 8/26/08 , edited 8/26/08
=.= so basically the other parents don't want their kids realizing thet they're losers...
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