The Little League international organization has dismissed a complaint that the Jackie Robinson West baseball team did not fully abide by residency rules for its players.
Jackie Robinson West, the team of 11 and 12-year-old boys from Chicago’s South Side, went on to become national Little League champs and stole the city’s hearts in the late last Summer.
The Evergreen Park Athletic Association said it began to formally express concerns about where team members actually lived back in late August, the same time the team was moving-up the ranks at the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania. The Evergreen Park athletic association says the more the team advance, the less interested anyone seemed to be in finding out the truth as to where team players really lived.
But today, one coach in the same league wants to know if all those players actually live on the South Side of Chicago at all. He suggests those top ranked players never should have played together.
Coach Chris Janes’s team played and lost to JRW. Janes wants more answers than the little league international is providing.
"I don't want their trophy, they earned it," he said.
But he is questioning the eligibility of some of the players so he filed a complaint with little league officials in Pennsylvania. They reviewed the residency matter not once, but twice, they claim. The released a statement saying, "Our initial determination that the Jackie Robinson West players meet eligibility requirements still stands. Little League considers the issue closed at this time."
But Janes refuses to give up. He wants to know if what the league is reviewing is truthful at all. He says no parent signed a binding affidavit stating the residency information was correct.