One of the problems with Little League is that the reason a kid can dominate at that level is just because he's developed faster than other boys his age. So you end up with these mammoth 12-year-olds who need to shave, and who look like they're 18, and they blow fastballs past "normal" 12 year-olds. A few years down the road, the other kids catch up and the Little League phenom is just another player. When I was a kid, I played against the Kirkland Little League World Series Champions (they won in 1982) for the 6 years after their triumph, and their big 12-year-old stud, Cody Webster (also threw 75 MPH at age 12) was a pretty good, but not dominant high school pitcher. He didn't do much of anything in college.
Another problem is the abuse of pitcher's arms that Little League coaches are responsible for. I've seen many good young arms go up in flames from overuse.
As for Harold Reynolds, I'd be surprised if that story turns out to be true. He doesn't seem like a guy who would do that. I met him years ago when I was playing college baseball and he worked out with our team and he was a good guy then and seems to be a good guy now. I don't always agree with what he says on Baseball Tonight, but that story about him doesn't sound like him to me.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'