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Old 02-11-2011, 11:44 PM   #1
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Florida High School Baseball Team Cuts Legless Player

A Florida high school baseball team's decision to cut a double-amputee
player from the squad had critics crying foul.

Pitcher Anthony Burruto -- who has prosthetic legs, can throw an 80-mph
fastball and was featured on the cover of ESPN the Magazine -- was cut
after he tried out for Dr. Phillips High School varsity team.

Coach Mike Bradley's main concern about Burroto was him trying to field
bunts off the pitcher's mound, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

"He's not looking at him as an athlete. He was looking at him like he's a
disabled person," Anthony's mom, Diane Burroto, told the paper.

Dennis Rasmussen, who pitched in the majors for 12 seasons, said simply,
"This decision was wrong."

"You took away the hopes and dreams that Anthony's been hanging onto,"
Rasmussen, a friend of Burruto's family, told the Orlando Sentinel. "He
crushed a young man with no apparent reason."

But Principal Gene Trochinski stands by the coach's decision.

"I think the coaches made a determination of who could contribute to the
team this year and not that Anthony couldn't, but other kids could at a
higher level," he told MyFoxOrlando.com.

Anthony had his legs amputated as a baby because he was born without a
shinbone in his left leg and without a fibula in his right one.

Despite the setback, he doesn't make any excuses for being cut.

"I want to earn my position on the team. I want him to say I'm good enough
to play," he told the paper.


http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/02/1 ... ed-player/







Everyone knows that a pitcher has to field bunts.

It's critically important to success of a high school ball team.

Sh!t, are you going to have the opposition lay down bunts - and watch them leg 'em into doubles all day long?

Maybe Anthony can run wind sprints (or do agility drills until he pukes) for a year until next season's tryouts.

Or if he's got such a good arm, maybe he can learn to throw the discus.


Good luck, Anthony!
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Amen...

Nothing like twisting reality for a feel good ending that just can't be by dumping on the coach's decision.

Huge props to a kid that's already overcome more than the majority of entitled kids who haven't done anything could even imagine doing but it doesn't change the facts. He's just not suited for that level of play. Throwing an 80 mph fastball just isn't enough.

Hope he takes that insanely impressive drive to succeed with him in everything he does. With it, I'm sure he'll rise to the top somewhere, somehow.
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I like the kid's comments. Maybe there is hope...just maybe.
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Yea until you see a 12 year major leaguer & his mom & who knows who else, trying to make him feel victimized.

Hopefully the kid can rise above the stupidity around him & keep that righteous outlook.
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Yea until you see a 12 year major leaguer & his mom & who knows who else, trying to make him feel victimized.

Hopefully the kid can rise above the stupidity around him & keep that righteous outlook.
The major leaguer is inexcusable.

The mom...(shuffles feet, deep sigh)...on one hand if I wasn't such a cruel heartless bastard I could see her thinking it while in bed staring at the ceiling cuz it's her son but by the time he's that age she gotta have the sense to keep her mouth shut and know the kid was meant for a different path and you gotta go with it.
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