Jackie Robinson West stripped of Little League World Series championship

Ford: Reaction to Illegal LLWS Team
Ford: Reaction to Illegal LLWS Team



Jackie Robinson West has been stripped of their title in the 2014 Little League World Series. Las Vegas will now be given the title.


The Jackie Robinson West team that was put together had been accused of stacking their roster with players that were not from their region. It is a violation of the rules and has now cost the championship.

"Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4 Administrator knowingly violated Little League International Rules and Regulations by placing players on their team who did not qualify to play because they lived outside the team's boundaries," a Little League news release says.

Their Great Lakes Regional championship has also been stripped and manager Darold Butler has been suspended by the league.

"For more than 75 years, Little League has been an organization where fair play is valued over the importance of wins and losses," said Mr. Stephen D. Keener, Little League International President and CEO. "This is a heartbreaking decision. What these players accomplished on the field and the memories and lessons they have learned during the Little League World Series tournament is something the kids can be proud of, but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome."

The kids are paying for the actions that the adults had taken. They can no longer call themselves the champs.

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