We Taking Over…1 Sport at a Time

Posted: May 9, 2010 by amyaubrey in MLB

In case you didn’t read the previous article about a girl on a guy’s lax team, you should.  Here’s something else that’s really amazing…there is now a female professional baseball player.  I did not say softball, I said baseball. Eri Yoshida just began her career as a professional ballplayer in the US.  She cam from Japan & her goal is to become a major league pitcher. She throws a knuckleball, which in & of itself is amazing.  Girl’s hands are usually not big enough to be able to throw a knuckler. Our fingers are generally not strong enough, but this girl is defying the odds. She taught herself how to throw it by watching videos of Tim Wakefield, a player for the Red Sox who is known for his deadly knuckle ball. She later met him & he gave her some really great insight about it, which she said helped her immensely.

Yoshida is playing for the Chico Outlaws, in an independent league. She will have a separate dressing room, but that’s where the special treatment stops.  She will go through every drill & train with all of the guys. She’s only 18 years old & is very determined to make it & I say all the power to her. She’s actually not the first woman to play baseball professionally but she is the first since 1997, when Ila Borders did it.

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