CHICAGO (CBS) — A rival Little League team wants the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars stripped of their national title, claiming the team blatantly violated residency rules to recruit “ringers” who don’t live within the team’s established boundaries.
The Evergreen Park Athletic Association asked the international Little League to investigate JRW for residency violations, and EPAA Vice President Chris Janes said he wasn’t satisfied with the league’s finding no wrongdoing by Jackie Robinson West.
Janes claimed at least three JRW players were ineligible, because they lived in the suburbs, outside the Jackie Robinson boundaries. He said the Little League investigation did not answer specific allegations about specific players living in the suburbs.
Janes said, if JRW leaders recruited players from outside the team boundaries, the team should forfeit its national title.
“If the team’s comprised of players that shouldn’t have been on there in the first place, then absolutely,” he said. “Little League has very specific rules. Those rules need to be followed. If they’re not, there’s consequences, and Little League outlines those in their rules. If Jackie Robinson broke these rules, they need to be held accountable.”