Boy Banned from Playing Baseball For Being Too Good

Can a boy be too good a baseball player to play? Here's a story of 9-year-old Jericho Scott, whose fastball (clocked at 40 mph) was deemed too fast/good/dangerous for the youth baseball league he's playing:

"I think it's discouraging when you're telling a 9-year-old you're too good at something," said his mother, Nicole Scott. "The whole objective in life is to find something you're good at and stick with it. I'd rather he spend all his time on the baseball field than idolizing someone standing on the street corner."

League attorney Peter Noble says the only factor in banning Jericho from the mound is his pitches are just too fast.

"He is a very skilled player, a very hard thrower," Noble said. "There are a lot of beginners. This is not a high-powered league. This is a developmental league whose main purpose is to promote the sport." - Thanks Tiffany and Stratoblogster!

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I think you nailed it, Zombie. There's nothing to be learned from a sport when all the sportsmanship has been sucked out of it. These kids will just learn that the only way to win is to cheat. It also sounds as if Ms. Scott was exhibiting the same kind of underhandedness herself with her little temper tantrum.

Poor Jericho just wants to play baseball. Maybe he and his friends should just play after school and leave the immature parents out of it.
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It might be interesting to note, the president of this league is also the coach of the long standing league champions, who were losing to this boys team. This issue is more about the other teams being pissed off this boys team was on an undefeated streak. We can't have all those precious and unique children learning that they can't win everything they do. It would be unfair to expect children to learn how to deal with defeat and being gracious losers.
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