Report: Parents say Mitch Williams ordered Little League game beaning
Ex-MLB closer Mitch Williams was ejected from a Little League tournament last weekend, and in a separate incident he reportedly ordered an intentional beaning.
Earlier this week, we learned former MLB closer Mitch Williams was ejected from a Little League tournament in New Jersey for arguing with an umpire last weekend. He disputed the report but onlookers say he used profanity that was loud enough for the children to hear.
Deadspin published a follow-up story on Friday afternoon (NSFW: language), and it appears this situation is far worse than some yelling at an umpire. Williams reportedly used profanity while speaking to at least one child directly, and he ordered one of his players to hit an opposing batter with a pitch. These kids are 10 and under, remember.
Video of the alleged beanball incident is available via the Deadspin link (again, NSFW: language). Here's some more:
Watch as Williams says something to his catcher, after which the catcher goes out to the mound to say something to his pitcher. SJ Titans coaches and players overheard this interaction, and report that Williams ordered his pitcher to intentionally hit the SJ Titans batter with the first pitch. One witness told us it was in an attempt to knock the SJ Titans pitcher out of the game.
Sure enough, the first pitch hits the SJ Titans player square in the ribs. (The home plate umpire, who had been made aware of the upcoming beanball, warned both benches.) One SJ Titans assistant coach confronted Williams about the pitch after the game, and reported that Williams stated, "I told him to throw it inside."
Other witnesses say Williams was also heckling opposing coaches and players.