Did not pay much attention to this other than a very recent "we consider this a closed issue" on the part of WhoevertheFuck runs the region to all of the complaints from opposing teams. Jokes about the various violations attempted by teams have abounded ever since it became popular beyond immediate parents and, well, "creepy people": through ESPN television.
There have been "kids" who are six feet tall, throw 90+ and have a shaving deal with Gillette. Birth certificate comes from Nigeria.
Nevertheless, in a grand exercise to Really Make Them Cry:
Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West and suspended its coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday.
Jackie Robinson West must vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament -- including its Great Lakes Regional and United States championships.
The team's manager, Darold Butler, has been suspended from Little League activity, and Illinois District 4 administrator Michael Kelly has been removed from his position.
The organization found that Jackie Robinson West used a falsified boundary map and that team officials met with neighboring Little League districts in Illinois to claim players and build what amounts to a superteam.
As a result, the United States championship has been awarded to Mountain Ridge Little League from Las Vegas.
Jackie Robinson West isn't the first team to have its Little League title stripped. In 1992, Little League took away the title from Zamboanga, Philippines, and handed it to Long Beach, California, after Zamboanga used several players who lived outside its district or were overage. In 2001, a team from the Bronx that finished third was forced to forfeit its games after pitcher Danny Almonte was revealed to be overage.
--J. "But There is No Joy in Mudville Illinois" D.