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Catching up with Danny Almonte

Jan 14, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

If you wondered what the famously overage star of the 2001 Little League World Series is up to, the New York Daily News is your huckleberry.

The story is mostly about the high school team he’s helping coach now, but this line sticks out: “Despite putting up impressive numbers the past two seasons at Western Oklahoma College, Almonte wasn’t drafted, in part because of his inglorious history.”

Anyone think for a moment that if Almonte was a legitimate prospect that a team would pass him by simply because he pulled the wool over some people’s eyes back at the Little League World Series a decade ago?  I sure don’t.

  1. Rays fan - Jan 14, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    …nor do I think he’d have been stuck at Western Oklahoma College instead of, say, University of Texas of Miami.

  2. Alex K - Jan 14, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    I just laughed out loud (at work) because of that tag.

  3. (Not That) Tom - Jan 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Now that Almonte’s back in the game as a coach, we can expect an admission about how he’s sorry that he cheated the game of baseball by using performance-enhancing lies which, of course, will be followed by a spirited debate as to whether or not he belongs in the Little League Hall of Fame and further punctuated by Dan Shaughnessy’s column comparing lying to the Khmer Rouge.

  4. Charles Gates - Jan 14, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Don’t know if this makes him a MLB prospect, but here are his numbers: http://www.western.cc.ok.us/woscbaseball/statistics.htm
    .
    ERA: 3.72
    W-L: 9-0
    13 starts, 55.2 IP
    SO: 73
    BB: 26
    WHIP: 1.347
    .
    On a side note, perhaps he should pull an Ankiel:
    AVG: .472
    SLG: .874
    OBP: .522
    HR: 18
    SO: 24
    BB: 26
    AB: 214

  5. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Jan 14, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Or… it could be that scouts saw all that they needed to see when he pitched professionally in 2007 for the Southern Illinois Miners:
    6 Starts, 30.2IP
    ERA: 5.28
    W-L: 0-1
    SO: 17 (4.99/9)
    BB: 19 (5.57/9)
    HR: 4
    WP: 4
    WHIP: 1.60
    Granted, this is against batters that are about 3-5 years older than he was, but generally speaking indy-ball players have poor strike-zone judgment, so you know he had to be more than jusssssssssssssst a bit outside.

  6. Zonebrick - Jan 14, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    I have a feeling that if he possessed a 100 mph fastball somebody just might have signed him!

  7. Zonebrick - Jan 14, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Guaranteed if he had a 100 mph fastball somebody would have signed him!

  8. Old Gator - Jan 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    I half expected to read that he finally rejected his face transplant and turned out to have been Taiwanese all along.

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  10. frederick - Feb 16, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    i can’t belive all the negative stuff that people said,he was only a boy the wants to play baseball since he was a kid,i think he is a mlb player and i wish somebody gave him a chance to play in any team,thats the problem! u make any mistake and nobody understand the we are human and we desert another chance to make the diferent,i fell so sad when i see case like this that hurt you so bad cause u know people like almonte they belong in MLB.Hope my message make people understand that we all human and one day could be you…think about it.

  11. Vicky - Mar 14, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Finally, someone is actually on my side and understands what exactly I been saying, THANK YOU Frederick! Danny has given up on professional baseball, which I believe he should continue in pursuing his dream. However, everything happens for a reason and if Danny won’t try anymore, at least he is helping others to achieve their dreams and be a leader to the kids. He’s a great player and he devoted to baseball, he LOVES baseball!
    Everyone makes mistakes and deserves a second chance; I just hope that now that he’s not continuing to play professionally at least the media would give him a break, especially now that he’s coaching for his old high school.

  12. jimmy the minx - Apr 7, 2010 at 3:08 AM

    My balls itch and smell pretty awful.

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