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Hahaaaaaaa......brady or bellichick musta stopped by for a pep talk......may as well start young.

 

Manager accuses LLWS team of stealing signs

10:26 AM ET

ESPN

 

The Barrington, Rhode Island, all-stars, the New England Region representative in the Little League World Series, are being accused of a baseball no-no -- stealing signs -- to help get to the pinnacle of the sport in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Pat Dutton, the manager of the team from Goffstown, New Hampshire, which lost to Barrington in Saturday's region final, made the accusation after the game in Bristol, Connecticut.

"You can see [runners on second base] leaning in, looking in and they're doing hand gestures to their kid [at the plate] indicating what kind of pitch it is and where it's located," Dutton told The New Hampshire Union Leader. "You can do that in big league ball, but in Little League it's unsportsmanlike, it's dishonorable and it's disgusting.

"They did it the whole tournament and got away with it, and now that's what's representing New England in the Little League World Series. It's just a bad look."

The Barrington Little League issued a statement to Boston.com on Tuesday, calling the allegations "unfortunate" while denying any sort of wrongdoing.

"We hold our coaches, players and teams to the highest standards," the Barrington statement said, "and do not coach or condone unsportsmanlike behavior of any kind."

Dutton told The New Hampshire Union Leader that he suspected the Barrington team of stealing signs during Goffstown's 2-1 win on Aug. 8 and alerted the umpire, just as he did during Saturday's game.

Dutton said warnings were issued to Barrington's manager and a player on the very next pitch after Saturday's complaint.

"That's something these kids don't learn on their own. That's something that they're taught," Dutton told the paper. "They're coached to do that. Obviously the team condones it, they coach it, and, personally, that's something that I'm completely against. Little League is supposedly against it, but you wouldn't know it this week."

While it is a frowned-upon practice and one of baseball's "unwritten rules" at higher levels, it is prohibited at the Little League level, with players and coaches being subject to ejection from the game.

According to Tournament Rule 3 from Little League Baseball, "If in the judgment of the umpire, a player/coach/manager is deemed to be stealing and relaying pitch selection or a location, it is considered unsportsmanlike, and said offender is to be ejected from the game."

Barrington opens the Little League World Series against the Southeast Region champs from South Riding, Virginia, on Thursday (ESPN, 3 p.m. ET).

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Doesn't surprise me at all . . . when I was coaching travel teams a bunch of years back, there was a team we would regularly see in tournaments.  We found out they had a parent in the bleaches figuring out our signals.  We'd have a bunt on in a situation where the infield should be back and on the pitch the corners would squeeze in . . . we would have both base coaches giving signals at the same time with different indicators and alternating from inning to inning.  It was ridiculous, and in hindsight, not even sure why we bothered.  

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18 mins ago, HugeDinghy said:

typical NH whiners, way to be an example for the kids on the team....no wonder why we have participation trophies. 

I'm jersey all the way baby....and we hate cheaters no matter where they're from.

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4 mins ago, HopHead said:

I'm jersey all the way baby....and we hate cheaters no matter where they're from.

oh we know, that emotional whining you constantly do only comes from jersey or LI.

 

was talking about the team in the game youre referencing, dumbass :laugh:

 

if you watch that video and say that kid was stealing signs, youre lying. 

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at lunch they had the coach on the radio, basically said the NH coach was bitching and whining about every game of the tournament, even during them. It wasn't exclusive to RI's team. 

 

sad thing is, something like this can stick and the kids will always have a cloud over their accomplishment. 

 

(eastern regionals was their accomplishment, they aren't good enough to do much damage down in Williamsport without some magic).

 

funny thing I remember the eastern regionals...the kids slept in a gym at a beat down little elementary school next to the three fields...small concession stand....now its a complex nicer than some minor league teams. 

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