If there’s one thing we’ve always said about Little League Baseball, it’s that they’re the toughest governing body in the world when it comes to policing the integrity of their sport.
The worst case of Gerrymandering we’ve seen since The Ducks stole Adam Banks from The Hawks back in 1992, has seen Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West baseball team stripped of their national title, after they were found guilty of falsifying their boundary map to field ineligible players.
The first ever all-black championship side captured the hearts of millions(yes, millions of Americans watch 12 year olds play baseball) as they went on an unlikely run all the way to the final, before defeating Mountain Ridge, the Las Vegas, Nevada side.
'This is a heartbreaking decision,' Stephen D. Keener, the league’s president and CEO, said in a statement. 'As painful as it is, we feel it is a necessary decision to maintain the integrity of the Little League program. No team can be allowed to attempt to strengthen its team by putting players on their roster that live outside their boundaries.'
The sides manager, Donald Butler, has been suspended, and Michael Kelly, the state’s administrator for region, has been removed from his post. So yeah, the Little League doesn’t mess around. People are getting the sack, and crushing the happy memories of twelve-year olds.Is there a way to get this guys in charge of some anti-doping federation?
Let this whole thing serve as a reminder to those pushy parents out there, if you’re going to cheat, you’d better make sure you don’t get caught.