Picture this. You are a young man playing in the most important games of your life, at least up until that point. You manage a miracle, win the Little League World Series, and become a hometown hero. Fast forward a few months later, and you are now the scapegoat, all because your Little League team has been stripped of their championship.
According to a report by ESPN, that is the reality a Little League team is facing this morning, as Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West has lost ownership of their title after violating rules prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents .
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) February 11, 2015
In addition to vacating every single win from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament, Jackie Robinson West’s manager, Darold Butler, has been suspended from all Little League activity.
According to league officials, those who helped compose the Jackie Robinson West club, including Butler and Illinois District 4 administrators Michael Kelly (since removed from his position), used falsified boundary lines and met with other nearby districts in an effort to create a superteam.
With Jackie Robinson West vacating their championship, the United States title will now be awarded to Mountain Ridge Little League from Las Vegas.