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    Quote Originally Posted by MetsFan View Post
    I completely disagree with that assertion. It's a DEVELOPMENTAL league - which by definition means it's for kids that aren't so good yet. If the kid is good enough to dominate a DEVELOPMENTAL league, then he should be in the regular league (where, guess what, he wouldn't dominate anymore but be just an average player for his age at the proper level for his age and ability). I don't think this situation has been handled well by anyone directly involved, but it is not an example of bringing down a special/talented person so that s/he is equal to everyone else.
    I'll agree that the kid should be moved up to the regular league. Isn't that what this league is for? You develop, you get good, you move up. If that is what this developmental league is for, then move the kid up for cryin' out loud and move on.

    But you're inferring that just because its a developmental league, there should be complete competitive parity. In any league, developmental or otherwise, there will be a kid who is the most skilled and a kid who is the least skilled. If this kid moves up, there will be another who will be the most skilled in the league.

    So you promote the kid. You don't punish him. When you punish him, you're sending the message that to be exceptional is not a good thing.

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    I agree with most of what you're saying. And I don't think there should be complete competitive parity, but I do think that the whole premise of "he's being punished for being too good" as suggested by his mother, the article, and some of those commenting on here is off base. The whole situation has been handled poorly and the kid is suffering for it - but there is a responsibility for that suffering that falls upon his parents and coaches because he was obviously already good enough to not be in that league before he ever signed up this season (hence the two teams, including defending champs, competing for his services). It's not just the league's fault - that's all I'm saying.

    Moreover, as others have stated, he is not "exceptional". He's actually maybe a little above average for his age. They've made him "exceptional" by putting him in a league with kids who are below average, young, or inexperienced.


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    Default Re: Nine year old boy told he's "too good" to pitch

    I coached little league baseball once and swore never again -more infighting than the Democratic national convention -the parents are horrible !!
    As an example watch the movie ''Searching for Bobby Fischer'' and watch how the kids react when the tournament director locks the parents in the basement .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapp Brannigan View Post
    He's a kid, he wants to play with his friends.

    LoL @ that logic. Who gives a damn what he wants? He'll do what's right and follow the rules , just like everybody else. I bet he also doesn't want to eat his vegetables and he wants candy before bed time. Too bad, when he's an adult, he can do whatever he wants, in the mean time, he's a kid nd he doesn't get it his way every single time.

    What's wrong with some people these days? He's a kid and wants to blah blah blah... yeah right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adolf Oliverbush View Post
    LoL @ that logic. Who gives a damn what he wants? He'll do what's right and follow the rules , just like everybody else. I bet he also doesn't want to eat his vegetables and he wants candy before bed time. Too bad, when he's an adult, he can do whatever he wants, in the mean time, he's a kid nd he doesn't get it his way every single time.

    What's wrong with some people these days? He's a kid and wants to blah blah blah... yeah right!
    Ummm, he did follow the rules. All of a sudden before the playoffs they have forced him to stop (when the league presidents team is in second place and after the kid turned down an invitation to play on the league presidents team). There were no rules against the kid playing. They're being invented now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider View Post
    If he's that good, why don't they just bump him up to the next level, like letting a freshman play varsity? I'm sure they could grant a special waiver if necessary - it would be much fairer than the current situation and everyone would benefit.
    I just heard on the news that the league has decided that he can move up to the next division. I'm sure the national exposure that this story had played a role here.
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    That was never a real point of contention, though, was it? The issue was that his parents/coaches wanted him to continue playing in the league he was already in.


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