An appeal by a Chicago citizen has put the officials of baseball in a seriously embarrassing position. The man whose name is Joey Mathews and is a resident of Hegewisch has brought up some uncomfortable questions after he came to know that a killer who had beaten Mathews’ father – John Mathews, a police officer in Chicago – to death has been appointed as coach of youth baseball.
It is all the more painful that the man is coaching in a neighborhood where he lives. Mathews, who was only four when the officer died in 1998, came to know that Dean Chavez was associated with Babe Ruth Baseball Program in June. Soon after, he requested baseball officials of Hegewisch to remove the coach. His request was rebuffed and Chavez was removed after Mathews complained to officials of national league
As the bereaved son said, “These kids are learning life lessons from a murderer,” “One of things you did when he became an adult was kill a guy with a baseball bat. Now he wants to coach baseball? It’s absolutely insane.”
However, Mathews is not content with only this. He is also seeking dismissal for the five members of the board who had appointed Chavez without proper verification. He also wants the bylaws of Babe Ruth to be altered. Currently only individuals who have committed sexual offense against minor are barred from selection.
The league has not decided on this request though they will sit for a meeting on Wednesday. League officials and Chavez refused to comment.