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(Major League Baseball)   13-year-old girl with a 70 mph fastball throws a complete game shutout, sends her team to the Little League World Series   (wapc.mlb.com) divider line 90
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2014-08-12 08:55:21 AM  
Some girls can keep up, and if they can, let'em play.  We had a girl on the team I coached this year.  One of our better players, and we ended up with a near perfect record (11 out of 12 games won in regular season, took the championship in our division).
 
2014-08-12 09:16:20 AM  
Good for her. If she's legal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Almonte
 
2014-08-12 09:26:39 AM  
Phillies have her drafted already.
 
2014-08-12 09:30:56 AM  
Philly verses Nurrk?  I'd be surprised if they hadn't played each other before in regional tourneys, given that they're all of 40 minutes apart on 95 depending on traffic.

But wow, she took them on a tour of "rusty gate city" in that game.
 
2014-08-12 09:54:32 AM  

ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.


13 years old, dude.
 
2014-08-12 09:57:23 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: Phillies have her drafted already.


she'll be on the DL by Thursday.
 
2014-08-12 10:53:24 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: Phillies have her drafted already.



Hell why not. She'd already be a better closer than Papelbon.
 
2014-08-12 10:58:38 AM  

Arkanaut: ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

13 years old, dude.


He didn't mean that. What if she is an undocumented citizen of Haiti or wherever. Oh I forgot, under 18 then she would be a Dreamer and automatically legal.
 
2014-08-12 10:59:49 AM  
Plays for the Taney Dragons? As in Dred Scott's Judge Taney?
 
2014-08-12 11:10:28 AM  

Kevin72: Arkanaut: ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

13 years old, dude.

He didn't mean that.


Pretty sure that was the joke.
 
2014-08-12 11:13:05 AM  

ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Almonte


I'm pretty sure after that whole debacle that she has to show her long form birth certificate.
 
2014-08-12 11:14:10 AM  

Kevin72: Arkanaut: ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

13 years old, dude.

He didn't mean that. What if she is an undocumented citizen of Haiti or wherever. Oh I forgot, under 18 then she would be a Dreamer and automatically legal.


philipgarland.files.wordpress.com

Shut the fark up Kevin.
 
2014-08-12 11:17:28 AM  

Kevin72: Plays for the Taney Dragons? As in Dred Scott's Judge Taney?


Probably not.  Taney is a historic name in the region.

There's a town in Maryland, Taneytown, named after justice Taney's father or grandfather.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taneytown,_Maryland#History
 
2014-08-12 11:21:47 AM  

ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Almonte


Came for this. Done in two.
 
2014-08-12 11:31:40 AM  

KingKauff: ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Almonte

I'm pretty sure after that whole debacle that she has to show her long form birth certificate.


I'm sure FOX "News" is still not going to be satisfied
 
2014-08-12 11:33:33 AM  
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2014-08-12 11:35:59 AM  

SilentStrider: OtherLittleGuy: Phillies have her drafted already.


Hell why not. She'd already be a better closer than Papelbon.


Wuht?

You can say something that's actually truthful like "better arm than revere"
 
2014-08-12 11:38:02 AM  
nice drop on that curve.
 
2014-08-12 11:41:15 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Kevin72: Arkanaut: ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

13 years old, dude.

He didn't mean that. What if she is an undocumented citizen of Haiti or wherever. Oh I forgot, under 18 then she would be a Dreamer and automatically legal.

[philipgarland.files.wordpress.com image 388x217]

Shut the fark up Kevin.


Your reply makes sense in the context of you saying you hate both political parties equally. In states closer to the border, "illegal" connotes 10 times more the immigration status, as there's millions of that illegal and just dozens of statutory rape cases that aren't police stings and/or teenage sexting.
 
2014-08-12 11:42:58 AM  
Count de Mo'ne.
 
2014-08-12 11:44:00 AM  

maudibjr: nice drop on that curve.


Seriously, forget the fastball.  That was nuts.
 
2014-08-12 11:46:06 AM  

Kevin72: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Kevin72: Arkanaut: ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

13 years old, dude.

He didn't mean that. What if she is an undocumented citizen of Haiti or wherever. Oh I forgot, under 18 then she would be a Dreamer and automatically legal.

[philipgarland.files.wordpress.com image 388x217]

Shut the fark up Kevin.

Your reply makes sense in the context of you saying you hate both political parties equally. In states closer to the border, "illegal" connotes 10 times more the immigration status, as there's millions of that illegal and just dozens of statutory rape cases that aren't police stings and/or teenage sexting.


I see you are not a Big Lebowski fan....

/no political statement made nor implied
 
2014-08-12 11:46:38 AM  
Saw this game this weekend...thought it was really neat for her.

I have always wondered what she is going to do when she hits high school....physically it will be hard to keep up with athletic boys...does she transition into softball?   Wonder if she would pitch...or go to something like shortstop.
 
2014-08-12 11:47:09 AM  
70 MPH fastball, wicked little curve... If she learns to paint the outside corner, she could be the next Glavine.
 
2014-08-12 11:57:56 AM  
Thats amazing. But unless she can ramp it up to 95mph in the next few years, she has a long (4yr college) career ahead of her throwing underhanded grapefruits to large dykes.
 
2014-08-12 11:58:22 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Kevin72: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Kevin72: Arkanaut: ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

13 years old, dude.

He didn't mean that. What if she is an undocumented citizen of Haiti or wherever. Oh I forgot, under 18 then she would be a Dreamer and automatically legal.

[philipgarland.files.wordpress.com image 388x217]

Shut the fark up Kevin.

Your reply makes sense in the context of you saying you hate both political parties equally. In states closer to the border, "illegal" connotes 10 times more the immigration status, as there's millions of that illegal and just dozens of statutory rape cases that aren't police stings and/or teenage sexting.

I see you are not a Big Lebowski fan....

/no political statement made nor implied


I saw it and liked it but so long ago don't remember that much.
 
2014-08-12 12:00:35 PM  
Not unimpressive, but these same kids will be hitting the ball 400 feet against her in a few years when their development catches up to hers.
 
2014-08-12 12:01:02 PM  
She threw a curve ball. I thought Little League banned them to protect arms.
 
2014-08-12 12:01:18 PM  

KingKauff: ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Almonte

I'm pretty sure after that whole debacle that she has to show her long form birth certificate.


Shes got a Philly accent thicker than a cheesesteak. That girl was Philly born and raised guaranteed.
 
2014-08-12 12:02:14 PM  
Nothing stopping her from being the next Jamie Moyer.  No fastball, just a regular throw.
 
2014-08-12 12:10:39 PM  

Gonz: 70 MPH fastball, wicked little curve... If she learns to paint the outside corner, she could be the next Glavine.


That's a bit unfair. Gavine could hit 75-76 mph on a good day.
 
2014-08-12 12:13:32 PM  

WhyKnot: Saw this game this weekend...thought it was really neat for her.

I have always wondered what she is going to do when she hits high school....physically it will be hard to keep up with athletic boys...does she transition into softball?   Wonder if she would pitch...or go to something like shortstop.


Someone in the comments of TFA said that she is closer to reaching her peak than the boys are, and it made me think of all those young female tennis stars.  At about what age do female athletes stop getting stronger?
 
2014-08-12 12:14:50 PM  
But where was she going without ever knowing the way?
 
2014-08-12 12:16:34 PM  

flondrix: WhyKnot: Saw this game this weekend...thought it was really neat for her.

I have always wondered what she is going to do when she hits high school....physically it will be hard to keep up with athletic boys...does she transition into softball?   Wonder if she would pitch...or go to something like shortstop.

Someone in the comments of TFA said that she is closer to reaching her peak than the boys are, and it made me think of all those young female tennis stars.  At about what age do female athletes stop getting stronger?


Females mature younger than boys, so up until 12-14 or so, they can compete with (and often out-compete) the boys just fine. Once the boys hit puberty and their testosterone goes through the roof, though, then it's another story.
 
2014-08-12 12:17:05 PM  

flondrix: WhyKnot: Saw this game this weekend...thought it was really neat for her.

I have always wondered what she is going to do when she hits high school....physically it will be hard to keep up with athletic boys...does she transition into softball?   Wonder if she would pitch...or go to something like shortstop.

Someone in the comments of TFA said that she is closer to reaching her peak than the boys are, and it made me think of all those young female tennis stars.  At about what age do female athletes stop getting stronger?


Getting stronger or getting stronger through puberty? Girls usually peak or stop going through puberty at 16, Guys don't stop till their 18 or so and don't hit their peak muscle mass until around 25.

Were I a betting man -- can I bet on the LLWS? -- I would imagine she will plateau in a few years.
 
2014-08-12 12:19:58 PM  
I'm kind of surprised that we don't see more of this.  Anyone who has played or been involved with little league baseball knows that in general the pitcher tends to be a player that got their early growth spurt and can thus physically over match a lot of the other players.  Biologically, women tend to get their growth spurts before their young male counterparts making them prime candidates to fill this kind of role.  Most 13 year-olds are going to struggle to catch up with a 70 mph fastball.  Particularly in little leagues where the mound is about 46 feet from home plate.  However, in three years, once the boys have started getting their growth spurts and she moves to a 60'6'' regulation mound, I suspect her dominance will diminish.
 
2014-08-12 12:25:20 PM  

Soon Right Away: Kevin72: Arkanaut: ArkAngel: Good for her. If she's legal.

13 years old, dude.

He didn't mean that.

Pretty sure that was the joke.


There's such a fine line between really lame attempt at humor and really lame dumb guy comment.
 
2014-08-12 12:25:32 PM  

MattStafford: Nothing stopping her from being the next Jamie Moyer.  No fastball, just a regular throw.


I once saw a runner steal 2nd AND 3rd on one pitch from Moyer.  Pulled into 3rd standing up just as the changeup got to the catcher.
 
2014-08-12 12:27:23 PM  
She has a hose!
 
2014-08-12 12:32:42 PM  

Rip_Rufus: MattStafford: Nothing stopping her from being the next Jamie Moyer.  No fastball, just a regular throw.

I once saw a runner steal 2nd AND 3rd on one pitch from Moyer.  Pulled into 3rd standing up just as the changeup got to the catcher.


See, now I'm a bit skeptical of that. I feel like the 3rd base coach must have been telling him to hold up.
 
2014-08-12 12:40:55 PM  

redmid17: Were I a betting man -- can I bet on the LLWS?


Two questions:

What kind of a degenerate gambler to you have to be to try and bet on the LLWS?

And, if you find out where to get some action on that, could you let me know?
 
2014-08-12 12:45:50 PM  

Gonz: redmid17: Were I a betting man -- can I bet on the LLWS?

Two questions:

What kind of a degenerate gambler to you have to be to try and bet on the LLWS?

And, if you find out where to get some action on that, could you let me know?


To be fair, I'm less of a degenerate gambler and more of a degenerate who sometimes gambles. Surprisingly gambling isn't one of my vices nor does it exploit my often poor impulse control.

If I find something, I'll pass it on via email.
 
2014-08-12 12:50:02 PM  
What in hell does the apostrophe replace? The letters "der"? Another "o"? The number 58?
 
2014-08-12 01:18:32 PM  

Gonz: redmid17: Were I a betting man -- can I bet on the LLWS?

Two questions:

What kind of a degenerate gambler to you have to be to try and bet on the LLWS?

And, if you find out where to get some action on that, could you let me know?


LMGTFY...

http://www.sportbet.com/lines/baseball_little_league
 
2014-08-12 01:20:19 PM  
As I remember Little League, there were about 6 girls in a league of maybe 100 players. At any given moment, three of them would be the very worst (these tended to be the ones whose Daddy was forcing them utterly against their will to do this), and three of them were the very best.

In the case of the best, it was also because they were the tallest and strongest, by virtue of some girls getting their growth spurts early. I played first base across from a 12-year-old girl at shortstop one year who had to be throwing at least 60 mph across the diamond. I was a good fielder and totally unafraid of the ball, except when this kid threw at me. She'd probably have given me a tight feeling in my mandatory athletic supporter if she weren't constantly dislocating the thumb of my glove hand.
 
2014-08-12 01:27:24 PM  
Also impressive: there were hitters on the other team who could hit a 70 MPH fastball.
 
2014-08-12 01:29:31 PM  

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: She threw a curve ball. I thought Little League banned them to protect arms.


I think most city and rec leagues ban curveballs.  Travel teams and Little League in my area allow it.  I was watching ESPN last week and the kids were throwing at least 50% curveballs.  That seems to be a recipe for trouble, but what do I know?  I never spent 10 years in the minors like most of the guys who run organized youth baseball.
 
2014-08-12 01:29:33 PM  
She was on tv yesterday morning. She wants to go to UCONN to play basketball and then to the WNBA.  Otherwise I think the Phillies would have signed her by now.
 
2014-08-12 01:30:24 PM  

Loaf's Tray: But where was she going without ever knowing the way?


I'll give you a funny even though I think that song is a bit overrated.
 
2014-08-12 01:38:38 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: I think most city and rec leagues ban curveballs.  Travel teams and Little League in my area allow it.


Interesting. The cynic in me says that rec leagues ban it because most adult pitchers trying to learn a curve would miss the backstop 99 times out of 100, and LL allows it because most Little Leaguers take their shiat seriously and don't try to throw pitches they can't handle. Plus, on the rare occasions that a pitch actually does break an inch, the "are you a wizard" looks on the faces of LL batters is pretty priceless.

A 10-year-old hitting the strike zone more often than not is a nontrivial accomplishment in coordination and skill, and I'm talking about a 40 mph lob.
 
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