A Massachusetts’ Little League pitcher has been banned from pitching because he throws with “too much power.”
The Little League organization divides children by age, not size or strength. When my youngest son played Little League baseball, there were a variety of skill levels, sizes, and height among the 120 players and ten teams. Some kids threw very hard. One 12-year-old was nearly six feet tall and had a wicked fastball.
If you’ve watched the Little League World Series on television, you can see the disparity among the players. They didn’t get to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, by protesting that “it’s not fair” that some players are bigger and stronger than them.What’s next? Tall kids won’t be able to play basketball? Tell that to professional basketball players “Spud” Webb, Earl Boykins, and Muggsy Bogues. Bogues was the shortest player ever to play in the NBA at 5’ 3”. He played point guard for 14-seasons in the NBA.
There are strict pitching guidelines in Little League. No one pitcher can dominate since he is not permitted unlimited pitching time. The thing of it is, Tanner Beebe is only 5-foot-1 and weighs just 90 pounds. The problem is, he throws 60 miles per hour from a mound that’s just 46 feet away from home plate.
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