Eri Yoshida is Go!

Remember the Japanese schoolgirl (hello search engine-driven hits!) who got drafted to pitch in that independent league? She has made her debut:

Japan’s first female professional baseball player made her debut Friday, striking out one batter in the ninth inning.

Eri Yoshida, a 17-year-old who throws a sidearm knuckleball, took the mound during Kobe 9 Cruise’s 5-0 season-opening win over the Osaka Gold Villicanes in the newly formed Kansai Independent League.

The 5-foot, 114-pounder walked the first batter leading off the inning on four pitches and allowed a stolen base before striking out the next batter swinging at Osaka Dome. She was then replaced after facing two batters.

And she throws a knuckleball. Man, if she were only ten years older . . .

(thanks to Ron Rollins for the heads up)

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  1. Craig Calcaterra said...

    Believe me, when I start to cater to the lowest denominator, you’ll sure as hell know about it.


  2. Craig Calcaterra said...

    I thought the rule was half your age plus seven.  I’m 35, so I can go after anything 24.5 years-old or older, right? That is, assuming my wife doesn’t catch me.  And, more ridiculously, assuming that any 24.5 year-old girl would have the slightest interest in me.

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