By Dr. John L. Reizer
Editor at NoFakeNews.net
Little League Baseball’s decision to strip the 2014 Little League U.S. National title from a Chicago team earlier this week speaks volumes about the organization’s desire to maintain the integrity of its tournament.
Sometimes the appropriate and most just decisions in life are not easily swallowed by the public and their elected officials. According to mainstream media sources, the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel asked Little League International to reverse its recent and very unpopular decision to strip Jackie Robinson West of its 2014 U.S. title. Despite the strong insistence by the Mayor and others opposing Little League International’s decision, Little League Baseball refused to yield to public outcries and remains confident that they did what was necessary to maintain the integrity of their game.
According to Little League officials, the Chicago based team that had earned a trip to the International title game after becoming the 2014 U.S. National Champions had inappropriately placed three players on their squad that were ineligible. The players had come from localities that were outside the designated areas where the Chicago team could legally draw eligible players from. Quite simply written, they broke the rules and were forced to embrace the consequences that go along with such actions.
As a former Little League Champion (1975 – Second Base – Lakewood New Jersey), I applaud this decision and the people that had the guts not to fold in the face of strong opposition from the general public. When I played in this tournament in 1975, foreign teams had been excluded because there had been “dirty dealings” with regards to ineligible players being placed on certain teams.
Perhaps NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell and its 32 owners could learn a thing or two from the actions of Little League Baseball and its corporate offices. Does the NFL have the guts to strip a Super Bowl title from one of its teams if it found, through an independent investigation, the team in question intentionally supplied unauthorized or unapproved equipment for use in its games?
In the grand scheme of things, an unfair advantage in sports equates to cheating. Little League or professional sports, the rules should be followed and when they are not, the appropriate actions should be taken by league officials.
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