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Japan’s 6-foot, 206-pound Little League pitcher just drilled a Venezuelan kid in the head

Aug 16, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

LLWS Caribbean Japan Baseball AP

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.

  1. southernpatriots - Aug 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Little League lets this kid play, but PeeWee rejects a large overweight/sized child? Hmmm. Equivalent to 104 mph? Several pitchers at LSU, which was the College World Series champion that year (among many other years) pitched in that range of mph! A hit anywhere (elbow, shoulder, and God forbid–head) could be devastating. Little League is one of the best sports events today. It is going to be extremely difficult for any team to deal with that size, speed, and production. Hope the other teams are working out a strategy for him, such as walking him each time he comes up to the plate. But hitting a 104 mph pitch is quite another matter. I don’t know how you teach a Little League player to do that.

  2. anotheryx - Aug 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    When some one get banned for being too good in a competition, it’s time to to call it a picnic instead.

    • skids003 - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      For real. Cancel the tourney and give everyone a trophy, we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

    • tsi431 - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      This article does not say anything about getting banned for being too good. It alludes to getting banned for his size, which I also disagree with.