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    Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    I say no way. If this means more Dan Plesac on MLB network, I'm good with that: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-...le-league-game
    ". . . acquiring J. Blanton from Oakland for, apparently, Bailey/Cueto, Votto and a lesser prospect. I do it in a second . . . The Reds' equation this year is simple: Make Matt Belisle your #3 starter . . . trade for Blanton, win 85 or more, be in the mix all summer." - Paul Daugherty, Feb. 8, 2008

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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    Nope. Not in this day and age.

    I hate when adults ruin Little League.
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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    They began ruining it when they went to traveling teams and gutted the regular leagues. You know, gotta get em ready - there all gonna be big leaguers some day after all.
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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    Quote Originally Posted by RedlegJake View Post
    They began ruining it when they went to traveling teams and gutted the regular leagues. You know, gotta get em ready - there all gonna be big leaguers some day after all.
    It's pretty crazy when kids spend more time in the organized sports biz than they do with homework, playing with neighborhood friends, and engaging in other pursuits combined.
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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    Reading something like that really annoys me. To say the least. I can remember an indoor tournament some years back while coaching our kids (8-10 years old). And one of the opposing coaches was all over his team screaming, yelling and cursing. Heck. These are kids. Let them play and teach them. But donīt get into any profanities when they make mistakes. Thats not right. The kids are supposed to have fun and not be scared to death. Though probably the most talented team they wound up dead last ... Now THATS a way to keep kids interested in a sport .... NOT!

    The "real" competition will come soon enough and you donīt ask a child to hurt another kid on purpose. Sorry Mitch but this is retarded and plain and simple wrong!

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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    My dad was fired as an assistant volunteer coach from two of my teams.
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    My son has nothing but positive memories from travel baseball and the coaching and relationships that he has been able to enjoy and develop through that system. It isn't for everyone, but I get kinda sick of hearing all the experts expound on how awful it is.
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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    What he did was wrong, and he should not be allowed to coach the kids anymore.

    Losing his job because of this? No.
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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    My son has nothing but positive memories from travel baseball and the coaching and relationships that he has been able to enjoy and develop through that system. It isn't for everyone, but I get kinda sick of hearing all the experts expound on how awful it is.
    There are some excellent traveling teams. The one in the town where I grew up wasn't one of them. It was mostly run by guys dads who thought their kids were going pro despite the fact that they sucked at baseball. Their families just had the money to put up for the costs of travel, uniforms and field time and so on. The guys who weren't friends with people on the traveling team ended up playing in the traditional little league. From that league, there were sponsored all star teams. I was on one of those and we took great pride in beating the daddy ball team.

    Having said all of this, there were also some terrific travel teams with great coaching that were focused in baseball and not politics. My first hand experience with them just wasn't so great. Unfortunately this system carried over into high school. The traveling head coach was brought in as a coach and mysteriously everyone who wasnt on his team was weeded out. By sophomore year the best three players we had growing up and at the time were either cut or quit.
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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    I don't see this as any kind of indictment over travel baseball.

    This is just Mitch Williams being the same jackwagon bully that he has always been.

    I happened to be in Clearwater one summer in the early 90's and watched him berate minor leaguers playing behind him while he did a rehab stint. Haven't been a fan ever since.

    The guy turns my stomach every time I see or hear him on MLB network. Plus I think he's a terrible analyst. The sooner they get him off MLB network, the better. But he doesn't deserve to lose his job over this. Just all respect as a human.

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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    I am perfectly fine if he loses his job over this. MLB Network has sponsors. Sponsors don't tend to like this kind of press.
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    This was by far the most-disturbing part:

    repeatedly calling one a "squirrelly little teapot,"

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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    Don't believe everything you read

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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    My son has nothing but positive memories from travel baseball and the coaching and relationships that he has been able to enjoy and develop through that system. It isn't for everyone, but I get kinda sick of hearing all the experts expound on how awful it is.
    Here's my problem....travel ball co-existed with regular leagues for a long time. Good players and not-so-good all played regular league ball and some of the better kids would join travel teams. Little by little, year after year, dads (especially) and kids abandoned the regular leagues leaving a remnant that was too poor to be on a travel team (the costs are high) or that were just not very athletic. Interest in the regular leagues waned. Interest in the prestige of travel teams grew. Now, in our area, the regular leagues have collapsed and only Y ball (a really soft diluted version of baseball) remains for kids who are not interested in a travel team, or whose parents won't/can't make the time and financial commitment. One of my sons played on a traveling team and had a blast. It doesn't change the fact that it was mostly the hyper competitive dads who killed the regular leagues in a mistaken belief that playing alongside weaker kids would damage their sons development. Here, we went from 32 city teams and a great city tournament to 6 Y teams, no tourney, and about 20 travel teams, who, by the way, have a diluted level of talent compared to the "old" travel squads from the city.
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    Re: Does Mitch Williams survive this? [ordering 10 year old kids to throw beanballs]

    "Son, I want you to stare into that batter's box, pretend that little twerp is Joe Carter, and stick one in his ear with all you got."

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