Here’s something we didn’t know: in Florida high school baseball, the coach has to trim the team’s roster to only 20 players during the playoffs. Meaning, of course, that some kids who have played hard for the team all season won’t be on the bus for a possible championship run. But rules are rules and the coaches try to follow them. Coaches like Miami Springs Senior High baseball coach Jason Moris who stands all of 5’3″ and 140 lbs (that will be important later, so take note.) Moris had to cut four players on his team to get down to the 20 for the playoffs, and one of those cut was the son of Robert Rodriguez (who stands about 6′ tall and weighs 300 lbs).
You can see where this one is going from a mile away, can’t you?
So, after Moris parked his car at the school earlier this week, Rodriguez approached him and the two started talking. We’re sure it started off about the latest clashes in the Middle East and the decline of the dollar, but likely turned to the baseball roster shortly after that. At some point, the discussion got heated. Then punches were thrown. Because of the bruises on Moris’ face, you’d think he’d be the one to call the cops, but apparently Mr. Rodriguez did, thinking police would side with him. But after seeing the size difference between the two men and the marks on the coach’s face, they arrested Rodriguez and reportedly charged him with battery.
Upon further investigation, it should be noted that the player in question, young Ian Rodriguez started the season off as a very promising pitcher for the squad and received plenty of playing time. That dwindled over the season as the coaches had more and more disciplinary problems with him. Surprise!
It probably comes as no surprise to most of you that it’s probably NOT a good idea to give teenagers booze. Especially when you’re their coach and you’re at a hotel for an away baseball tournament in Arizona. Then again, it apparently DID seem like a good idea to at least one of the coaches at Burroughs High School (CA) and now the entire team (including three other coaches) are paying the price.
According to the district, Indians Coach J.R. Schwer and three assistants who were present at the mid-March tournament have been fired; 11 players who took part in the drinking suspended for five days, seven other players who didn’t drink but were there and didn’t report it were suspended for two days, and the remainder of the team’s season was canceled.
But other than that, no big deal.
“I do my best to hire the best coaches that I can, and we do everything to take care of the kids. For a coach to do what he did…” Schwer said, his voice trailing off. “I don’t think the kids have to suffer by Burbank having their season taken away from them. … I just feel terrible for the kids.”
Some of the best sports videos come from high school games where anything goes. Take for example this Mississippi high school baseball game between South Panola and Tupelo. In the bottom of the sixth Tupelo’s J.D. Roberts hit one to left field and Caleb Walker (seen in the video) comes in from second base, rounds third and was told to keep going.
But, of course, the catcher for South Panola was blocking home plate, so Walker did what any ballplayer would do: he slid, then jumped over the catcher and tagged home. Safe!
Not only was it a great moment for Walker, it turned out to be a turning point for Tupelo who went on to win the game 7-2. (Source – WCSH)
UPDATE: We’re hearing from some readers that leaping or jumping like that is forbidden in high school baseball and that Walker should have been called out. Anyone with expertise in this area care to weigh in? Drop us an email at BadJocks at Yahoo.com.