WILLIAMSPORT – Former Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis isn’t ready to hang up the spikes just yet. The 2014 Breakthrough Athlete of the Year has announced her plan to return to the Taney Dragons of her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and participate in the 2016 Little League World Series at the ancient age of 15 years old.
The first African-American girl to participate in the Little League World Series, Davis rose to stardom at the age of 13 as she dominated competition with 70+ mph fastballs and led her Taney Dragons to the semifinal game. Her historic performance even had Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett wondering if she had a future in professional baseball.
It’s an unprecedented and groundbreaking announcement by Davis though as Little League World Series rules stipulate that participants must be between the ages of 11 and 13 years old. Despite her advanced age, LLWS president and CEO Stephen Keener seems to be on board when asked by the media if she will be allowed to play:
“F*** yeah, she can play. She’s Mo’ne Davis! She can play until she’s 33 if she wants. These little s***heads will have no chance now when she’s out there throwing like 80 MPH from 46 feet away. It’s going to be hilarious. Great for the game too, no doubt about it.
Unsurprisingly, the controversial decision to allow Davis to return has drawn widespread criticism as critics argue that Davis should at the very least have to lie about her age like “other Little Leaguers.” Davis could not be reached for comment, but concerns about her being “well past her prime” are said to be unwarranted.
If deemed eligible, Davis will be the first 15-year-old to participate in the Little League World Series since Danny Almonte in 2001.