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Well Boys, It's Official: Girls Can Play Baseball After All

Max ColtenCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2009

Well, it's official, a member of the female population has played in a professional baseball game.

Yes you heard right, Japanese schoolgirl Eri Yoshida made her pro debut for the Kobe 9 Cruise of the newly formed Kansai Independent League.

Now before everyone starts with "it's not Major League Baseball, not even Japanese League Baseball," yes we understand that, however this sidearming 17 year old has pitched to two batters in a professional baseball game.

Eri faced two, walking the first on four pitches, and then striking out the next before being taken out en-route to a 5-0 win for the Cruise.

Yoshida is said to emulate Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield adding a deceiving sidearm delivery as well.

This is great news in my opinion. I know many of us usually say softball was created for women, however we are seeing more young girls choose to play little league baseball instead of softball, and who knows, maybe we are only a few years away from getting a girl in the MLB.

I know personally that my brother and I continuously push our younger sister to play baseball and not softball because we know she can play, and there are girls out there who probably could compete with the boys of summer.

While only time will tell if a woman actually appears in a Major League Baseball game but this is a start.

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