The Chicago-based team that went to the Little League World Series is being investigated for allegations that the team broke a rule during its magical ride to the big game last year.
Jackie Robinson West has already been the subject of cheating allegations, but as the Chicago Tribune reports, this new investigation is about whether the team added top players outside its geographical area. Having players on the team, who live outside district boundaries, would be a violation of residency rules.
Members of Little League Baseball met Tuesday morning.
“Little League International is in the final stages of reviewing all information relating to the concerns raised in Illinois District 4,”said spokesman Brian McClintock. “Our Charter Committee will be meeting today in Williamsport to discuss possible resolutions. A final decision will be made shortly.”
While McClintock would not say if Jackie Robinson West could lose its title if the result of the investigation found the team did violate league rules. However, the Las Vegas team they lost to certainly thinks so. While the president of Nevada’s Mountain Ridge Little League thinks its former opponent should be stripped of its title, she told ESPN that she does not feel the Vegas team needs to be declared U.S. Champions though.
On its way to the matchup against South Korea back in August, Jackie Robinson West also beat out Philadelphia’s celebrated Taney Dragons and female pitcher Mo’ne Davis.
South Korea won the game 8-4.