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Since: 12.1.02
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#1 Posted on
Things got messed up in the other thread, so I thought I'd start anew.

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Since: 11.7.02
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"What makes man different from other animals is his ability to learn from his mistakes, and his complete reluctance to do so."- Anon.

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#3 Posted on
Nooooo kidding. How inept are the people who run little league baseball?

The Big Kat

Since: 11.1.02
From: Austin, TX

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#4 Posted on
I think they have quite a few kids to check out, so it makes it easy to miss someone. But by the time the teams get to the LLWS, or at least the qualifiers, you'd think LL would check them out thoroughly, especially after last year.

-The Big Kat
"It's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care." -Peter Gibbons, Office Space

Since: 11.7.02
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Each individual LL is supposed to check all of this stuff out before their seasons start. This would tend to solve a lot of their problems before they start. But you would think that after Danny Almonte last year and that Taiwan team that won the title(only to have them stripped of it and given to Long Beach) that folks would be a little more studious in making sure that their papers are in order.
Lap cheong

Since: 7.1.02
From: Birmingham, AL

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#6 Posted on
I don't know, it sounds tough to me. They're Little League, not the FBI. Isn't it just ran by volunteers, at least on the local level (we didn't have the official Little League around here, I think it was called Dixie Youth, but that was just ran by parents and volunteers locally)? These people have other jobs, and are not paid. They have better things to do than track down each kids' home. In fact, wouldn't that be what they would have to do, visit the homes? I mean, you can have all the paperwork you want, but it's not that hard to produce anything needed if you really want to cheat. Simply need an address of a grandmother, cousin, friend of the family, etc. and claim you live with them. And I quite frankly think the locals around here would have a cow if a league went to far in investigating such things, invasion of privacy and such.

What's sad is that people are so willing to cheat at something that in the end is ultimately so unimportant (it's not like there is big money to the winners or anything, just an appearance on ABC). In fact, by cheating, it removes all importance that it does have, pride.

(edited by ges7184 on 15.8.02 1432)
James F'n X

Since: 2.1.02
From: Seattle, WA

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#7 Posted on
There is a simple problem that is pervasive in both the Danny Almonte case and the case this year...

Excessive television coverage.

Do a squad of 12 year olds need to be televised in the LLWS sub-regionals, regionals, and all throughout the LLWS itself? I doubt it. It's a game. Played by kids. Grade schoolers, fer cryin out loud. When you put this much television on this type of event, you breed Al Bundy types looking to capture glory from their youth, either real or imagined, by bending the rules and placing unneccesary pressure on 12-13 boys to win, win, win.

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Lap cheong

Since: 7.1.02
From: Birmingham, AL

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#8 Posted on
Guess there was something we should have all thought about. Just because there is an accusation doesn't mean there was actual wrong-doing. The Little League has verified that all the players are eligible. Much ado about nothing.

Since: 22.4.02
From: Long Island

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#9 Posted on
Yet Another Moment That Redeems My Faith In Human Decency:

During today's Harlem/NC game, Jack Edwards and the other announcer apologized for making a big deal of Fernando Frias calling his shot in an earlier game. They said it's just kids having fun, they shouldn't make as big of a deal of it as they did. A little unnecessary, if you ask me, but it's good to see.

Since: 20.6.02
From: Florida

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#10 Posted on
I love watching LL and Babe Ruth baseball. Honestly, it's what baseball was meant to be: people enjoying a game and striving to excel.

That team from Valley Station (in Louisville), Kentucky is from the league my late grandfather started.

"My doctor says my nose would stop bleeding if I'd just keep my darn finger out of there!" --Ralph Wiggums
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Cross him off the list, too; Yanks signed him. Minor league deal, I believe. Edit: And John Burkett has announced his retirement, presumably to join the world of competitive bowling.
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