Well in the McLaughlin article the parents say his pitches haven't been clocked. So have they or haven't they? But the velocity doesn't really seem to be the issue because in the Solmon article it's said that other kids in the league throw about as hard, just with less control. What sounds really odd is that apparently Jericho and some other kid were basically brought in as mid-season ringers for their team. Just, weird.
The vibe that I'm getting from this league is that they're calling it a developmental league but that it's really just a league for inner-city kids who aren't all that talented but like to play the game. So I wouldn't be shocked if this Jericho kid is a little bit out of place. How you handle that?
So if I'm right about my take on what this league is then the mother here would be happiest if none of these kids could play baseball. It doesn't sound like they'd be good enough to fit into a real little league of some sort, so if this one were crushed they'd just be out of luck. The deranged loon of a mother guess by Rocco is probably dead on accurate.
As far as I know, no one has officially said that his pitches have been clocked. That 40mph number seems like it could have been an estimate of sorts, but I'm not sure anyone knows who came up with it. In one of the above articles, I think I even saw 60mph thrown out there in an example.
To me, it sounds like this whole thing happened because the team was 6-0 and becoming the new league powerhouse when they suddenly brought on two additional All-Stars/ringers, one of whom was Jericho, who pitched multiple games in a row and dominated at such a level that people got upset. As far as the league was concerned, this was unacceptable, not only because it was unfair competition-wise, but also because the team that stood to suffer the most was the perennial league champion and political/personal favorite of a top league official(s) (a team that had also apparently tried to nab Jericho for their own squad at one point). So the league, without all that much justification on its side other than its own final authority (and probably without really thinking it through), decided to just tell Jericho that he could no longer pitch. They also opted to do this IN THE MIDDLE OF A GAME. They probably figured that some parents and coaches would complain, but that, since it was a small unaffiliated league and Jericho could still opt to play another position and/or continue to pitch for his All Star team, the whole thing would blow over quickly. But they underestimated Jericho's parents and coaches (who are themselves probably politically aligned with some competing adversaries of the league officials). Someone called the media and the wildfire began. Meanwhile, Jericho and his teammates were left with guilt complexes and, for most of them, no baseball to play while their parents and coaches duked it out over what is essentially an urban sandlot league for 8-10 year-olds. Idiots.