As a parent, coach, and a fan of baseball, this story is just heartbreaking. The Jackie Robinson West Little League team has been stripped of their U.S. championship and their coach has been suspended after violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents.


"For more than 75 years, Little League has been an organization where fair play is valued over the importance of wins and losses," Little League International CEO Stephen D. Keener said in a statement. "This is a heartbreaking decision. What these players accomplished on the field and the memories and lessons they have learned during the Little League World Series tournament is something the kids can be proud of, but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome."