Little League World Series

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  1. SVP

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    Anyone been watching the Little League World Series? Interesting story lines. Mo Ne' Davis, first girl pitcher to pitch a shutout. That Chicago team, playing in the championship game today, could've been the first all black team to win in 30 yrs. Compelling stuff.
     
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    Why are all US baseball championships called "World Series", when no one outside US is eligible to compete.

    Should not the name be "US Series"?
     
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    Maybe it's called the Little League World Series because South Korea played and beat a U.S. Team today in the championship game today. Also, Japan, Mexico, The Czechs, Taiwan, Australia as well as other teams competed in the playoffs for the right to play in the championship final.
     
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    Chico misspoke here but sort of has a point, as NFL, NBA, MLB and perhaps others have that awful habit of calling their champions "world champions."
     
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    This. Sorry I thought the "Little League" is the same as the big Major League.
     
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    It's de facto correct.

    NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB all take the best players the world has to offer. Simply because the franchise are all (mostly) based in US cities really isn't that interesting.
     
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    I have to say, The World Series moniker carries more gravitas than The MLB Championship, for instance. It's just marketing fluff, anyhow. Marketing fluff coined during a time when MLB basically comprised the entire professional baseball playing universe.

    I find it a little odd that the British, and others, still call The British Open, The Open Championship, and sometimes, simply The Open. Someone should tell them it's been well over 100 years since they were the only national golf championship.
     
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    Last time I watched Little League, baserunners were not allowed to take a lead... Is there any particular reason for that?
     
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    ^^ short basepaths and pitchers who don't throw in the 90s make it too easy to steal bases with a lead.
     
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    Bases are 60ft. Pitchers plate to home plate is 46 feet. Timing would make throwing a baserunner out just about impossible if leads were allowed.

    Also add the fact in that kids at 11 and 12 years old dont have any clue what a balk is. The high schoolers I coach have trouble with the Balk rule. Lets not confuse 12 year old by throwing too much at them too quick.
     
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    Am I missing something? The media coverage of the Jackie Robinson West team has been exhaustive and effusive. Maybe because I live in the Chicago media market? Radio, TV and online are constantly reporting on their "Amazing run", "Incredible run", "Cinderella story" and boasting "Second to None" (even though they actually did finished 2nd). I believe the tournament is set up in a way, that a team from the U.S. makes it to the little league finals every year. I was a bit surprised at the nature of coverage, particularly local radio hosts talking trash about the opponents, in a city as supposedly sophisticated as Chicago. Is this par for the course in markets where the LLWS finalists come from?
     
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    That makes sense... Didn't know Little League had shorter basepaths...
     
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    LLWS finalists have historically come from small towns. So in big metropolitan cities like Chicago you have the loud and aggressive sports talk people talking it up more. Plus, you have the anomaly of this year's Chicago team coming from an urban center.
     
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    Not just an urban center but it was part of an outreach program from LLB to increase participation in areas that are underrepresented in LLB.
     
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    Around my Area. About 1 hour south of Philly. All they ever talked about was Mone Davis and the Philly team. Didn't make much mention of the Chicago team. I was expecting it to be a national story but they didn't say much about it either.


    As far as the tourney set you are correct. They have the US bracket and the international bracket. US winner plays INT winner.

    Totla 16 regions 8 US and 8 INT


    New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT)
    Mid-Atlantic (PA, NY, NJ, MD, DC, DE)
    ******* (ND/SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO)
    Great Lakes (MI, WI, OH, IN, IL, KY)
    Southeast (VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN)
    Southwest (MS, LA, AR, TX East, TX West, OK, CO, NM)
    Northwest (AK, WA, OR, ID, MT, WY)
    West (AZ, NV, UT, Northern CA, Southern CA, HI)

    The eight divisions which compete in the International Bracket are as follows:

    Asia-Pacific and Middle East
    Australia
    Canada
    Caribbean
    Europe and Africa
    Japan
    Latin America
    Mexico
     
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    Lol. You can't say M idwest on here apparently. Name of a TW competitor.
     
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    Amazing and Incredible! :D
     
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    My bad. ESPN did mention that during their coverage.

    My kid plays little league in a small town and it usually takes a great deal of time and resources to put on a successful program. Kudos to Chicago for making it to the final!
     
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    Anyone else see little MoDavis hitting NBA 3 pointers right next to Stefan Curray?
     
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    Glad the Little League punished the team. What a horrible lesson for everyone if they didn't: Cheating is OK.
     
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    Well, the Jackie Robinson West children are getting a master class on horrible lessons from their parents, Jessie Jackson, another Chicago race merchant, Fr. Michael Pfleger and others. The past 48hrs. has been a sick (media) circus around here and the adults have had no reservations about exploiting the unfortunate kids. Chicago is really racing to justify the perceptions of many outsiders, and become a complete disgrace.
     
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    One can't help but wonder had the situation been reversed and JRW was in the LV team's shoes, how quickly the mighty Reverend would have jumped at the self righteous chance to proclaim JRW's right to the title.

    "We must not accept defeat at the hand of their deceit."

    I am… somebody.
    I am… somebody.
    No defeat… from deceit.
    No defeat… from deceit.
    I am… etc. etc.
     
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