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August 26, 2008 3:45 PM

Little Leaguer So Good, Forced To Stop Pitching

In Sports Illustrated (people still read print, right?), there is a weekly feature titled, "Sign of the Apocalypse." It features something ludicrous or outrageous from the world of sports, or at least loosely related to sport. For the next entry, I submit this: a nine-year old Little League player has been banned from pitching, because he's too good.
Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player — too good, it turns out. The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said.

Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Jericho's team, redistributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it.

Right now, the Cubs front office is feverishly searching the rulebook, hoping they can apply a similar ban to CC Sabathia.

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