Texas Little League Coach Fired After Getting Rough With 9-Year-Old Players In The Handshake Line

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from playing Little League baseball, and hell, even keeping score for Little League games as my high school job, you learn real quick that some parents can be the absolute worst.

I remember being about nine-years-old and watching a parent from the opposing team run on the field and cuss out the umpire for calling strike three on his son.


The list could go on, and on, and on, and here’s our latest example of a baseball parent/coach being the absolute worst.

Video footage shows Kenneth Wendt, a youth baseball coach in Houston, Texas who is also a cop, slapping the opposing team’s players hands excessively hard in the hand shake line, as well as bumping into a player or two.

You can hear the kids from the opposing team talking about it after they went through the line:

“That coach pull me back.”

Another kid said he got hit in the head by Wendt.

The opposing team’s coach, Victor Torres, told KHOU:

“Nothing in the world gives you the right to do that to kids.”

Wendt was later relieved of his coaching duties for the nine-and-under Scorpions, as the team shared in a statement to the outlet:

“His actions are unacceptable and do not align with our organizations values. We removed him from coaching and from our club about 8:30 AM Sunday.”

Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office, where Wendt works, was also made aware of the video, and are investigating it.

With that being said, one parent anonymously defended the former coach:

“We have known the Wendt family for two years and Kenny has always been a great husband, father, and coach. He spends an extraordinary amount of time in coaching and helping kids and their families both on and off the field.”

I mean, obviously we’re talking about 9-year-olds here, but it’s hard to see much after the first handshake. Either way, coach won’t be in the dugout any more.

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