Little League needs to invest more in protecting kids’ dreams

Title is as concise of an agreeable statement we’ve heard on #JRW.

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Shortly before the Little League World Series last year, Danny Almonte, the protagonist in perhaps the most famous Little League scandal of them all, spoke to ESPN about his life since a nation watched him go from Little League hero to someone who had lied (or in this case adults lied) about his age and therefore despite still being a teenager, was a total cheater.

The scandal, he said, ruined his baseball dreams, his life outside the team and pretty much every shred of innocence he had left.

“I think they took advantage of me,” he said of the adults in the situation.

On Wednesday, another Little League team, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West, was stripped of its title after it was determined some of team’s players lived outside the residential area the team represents.

It’s unlikely that the players on the Jackie Robinson West team will face…

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