Danny Almonte thinks race possible factor in Jackie Robinson West losing title
If there’s anyone who knows about Little League Baseball scandals, it’s Danny Almonte. In 2001, Almonte dominated during the Little League World Series, throwing a perfect game and no-hitter. The problem was he was 14 years old competing against 11-year-olds. Almonte’s story was highlighted by ESPN in a 30 for 30 short film that’s worth a watch.
Now 27, Almonte is long removed from his Little League days. However, he offered a few thoughts on Jackie Robinson West recently being stripped of its U.S. championship. Among his feelings is that race may have been a possible factor in the all African-American team losing their title.
“Those African-American kids did good, and they want to take that away from them. I don’t think that’s fair,” said Almonte via DNAinfo Chicago, who said he heard the news that JRW lost its title while watching ESPN.
“I don’t want to sound racist, but it’s always something against Latin or African-American teams.”
Given the makeup of the team, it’s not surprising many feel race influenced the decision made by Little League officials. In Chicago, home of Jackie Robinson West, supporters held a rally. Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke at a press conference where went as far as to call the decision “persecution.”
Racial issues in sports, while many acknowledge they exist, are often reluctantly discussed. A native of the Dominican Republic, Danny Almonte shows he isn’t one to duck the topic.
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