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Monday, October 12, 2015

OTP: October 2015 3. Congress honors Red Land Little League

Congressman Lou Barletta, who once tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, was at the game with his grandson. He told the team about his own baseball background as they ate pizza slices on the dais in a House hearing room, and offered a few words of encouragement regarding their future plans.

“If you don’t make it as a professional ball player, you can always fall back on being a congressman,” Barletta quipped.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 1036 comment(s)
  Beats: congress, little league, politics

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ESPN Takes Schilling Off LLWS Broadcast After Anti-Muslim Tweet

Schilling retweeted a post that said, ‘‘Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?’’ The post was soon removed from his Twitter feed.

Only 5-10% of Curt Schilling’s tweets are racist. How’d that go, Curt?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Protest Upheld Over Fixed Game At Little League Softball World Series

Say it ain’t so, Snohomish:

A team from Central Iowa will get a second chance to advance past pool play at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, after officials determined Monday that a team from Snohomish, Washington, rested its stars and lost on purpose to avoid a rematch in the semifinals.

Central Iowa, which finished 3-1 in pool play, could have advanced to the semifinals if the Washington team either scored just three runs vs. the U.S. Southeast representative from North Carolina or won the game to finish 4-0 in pool play. However, Washington rested its top four players and, according to Central Iowa Little League president Chris Chadd, ordered their players to bunt.

The result: North Carolina no-hit the Washington team in an 8-0 victory, and the Central Iowa All-Stars finished in a three-way tie—and out of the tournament.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 18, 2015 at 01:45 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: fixed games, iowa, kids, little league, softball, washington

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

LITTLE LEAGUE: New Albany moves to elimination bracket in 5-2 loss to Kentucky - Sports - News and Tribune

Keith Law mentioned this on Twitter. 80/90 pitches that are curveballs?

Meanwhile, Burwash was cruising. The junk ball pitcher had New Albany off-balance throughout the morning and afternoon. He struck out 15 batters and allowed just four hits in 62/3 innings.

“He’s such a competitor,” Bowling Green manager Rick Kelley said of Burwash. “He has so much confidence in the pitches he throws. His breaking pitch and his change-up were just on target today. He’s been pitching that way for several weeks now. He’s the guy we’ve got to ride.”

“Today, a kid threw 80 curveballs in 90 pitches, sharp breakers,” Biven said. “Tip of the cap to him. Obviously, if we face him again, we’re going to have to make some adjustments.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: little league

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays’ Steven Souza hits ‘Little League home run’

Baseball is a kid’s game, as they say. And sometimes the adults look like kids when they are playing.

Case in point: This bunt hit by Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza during Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Thanks to some horrific fielding, Souza rounded the bases and got a “Little League home run.”

Zach Posted: June 18, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, little league, nationals, rays

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Good Riddance to Little League

Stotz found the bigness of Little League to be awful in part because it seemed like an exploitative ploy that used kids’ athletic ambitions to fill adult-sized voids. As the league grew and became more corporate, there was less and less opportunity for kids to enjoy the thrill of low-stakes, good-natured organized competition. In his fascinating paper “ ‘A Diamond Is a Boy’s Best Friend’: The Rise of Little League Baseball, 1939-1964,” University of Chicago historian Michael H. Carriere argues that Little League was a force for normative morality in a postwar America terrified that children would fall prey to sexual perversion, juvenile delinquency, and, presumably, the beatnik menace. For children, Carriere argues, Little League served to reinforce social order; it was “a highly supervised activity that engendered in children a healthy respect for law and order, taught proper gender roles, and, most importantly, brought families together.”...

So who cares whether youth baseball really is waning in Newburgh? As long as they can play pickup games, the town’s children will be fine.

People who let their kids play unsupervised pickup games should have their children taken away from them.



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