The elephant in the room: How legitimate is the talent in the Little League World Series?
Just around the corner, the nationally covered tournament will roll into Williamsport and teams from all over the world will be competing for the title. Personally, I enjoy watching oversized 13 year olds drop bombs and throw 100 mph Major League equivalent fastballs, but is the talent legitimate?
From the public’s standpoint, absolutely. These kids are performing on the “highest level” on the biggest stage. They’re hitting mammoth home runs and there throwing Major League equivalent Aroldis Chapman ched’. The perception of these kids make them out to be perennial all-stars.
Welp, I’ll be the bad guy…
From a (former) ball player standpoint, the LLWS is surrounded by a ton of misconceptions. The mammoth home runs they hit? Roughly 250 feet. The 100 mph Major League equivalent? 75 mph. I’m not sure if anybody remembers Chad Lorkowski, the 6 foot 2 200 lb 12 year old with awful mechanics in the box and on the bump along with the minuscule field dimensions turned him into a LLWS legend. I can even recall the media coverage comparing him to the Miguel Cabrera of Little League, and in my best Chris Berman voice, c’mon man.
Of course I’m going to tune in for the Little League World Series, but I’m not promising the rest of my month won’t consist of ranting about overrated twelve year olds.
LLWS coverage will air live on ESPN starting August 20th.