Aug 16, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT
It goes without saying that Donald Trump would like to see this kid’s birth certificate.
Here we are at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., where Tokyo, Japan has obviously disguised an adult in a Little League uniform to compete in the international bracket. Actually Kotaro Kiyomiya (pictured) is 13 years old, and at 6-foot, 206 pounds, is easily the largest kid in the tournament — or in Pennsylvania. In an interview with ESPN’s Chris McHendry prior to the game (seen below), Kiyomiya said that he hit 60 home runs in 50 games during the regular season. He also said that his pitching “is very fast.”
Indeed, it tops out at 80 mph … which at the 46-foot Little League distance is roughly equivalent to 104 mph in MLB.
Japan’s game with Venezuela is on right now, and through three innings Kiyomiya has eight strikeouts. He also hit one batter in the head (video here). Yikes. Luckily, the kid seems to be OK. Although the sound of the ball hitting the helmet caused deer in Kenya to look up, startled.
This raises the age-old concern — should gigantic Little Leaguers like Kiyomiya be forced to play up at the next level, against kids more their own size? I know they want to play wit their friends, but this is a genuine safety concern.
Imagine if Japan wins the LLWS, and the players form a dogpile in the middle of the field. There could be several deaths.
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