Eri Yoshida |

March 3, 2010 by Post Team 

Eri YoshidaEri Yoshida | Yoshida doesn’t want a league of her own. According to The Huffington Post, the 18 year-old Japanese woman grew up watching videos of Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball to perfect her craft, and it paid off: Now she’s attracting attention from men’s pro leagues.

A knuckleball professional pitcher from Japan, Eri been extended an offer to play for the Chico Outlaws of the Independent Golden Baseball League. A report from the Japan Times states that she could be the first Japanese woman to play professional baseball in the men’s league in the United States. Eri came to Florida this week to finally meet her knuckleball idol, Wakefield. ”I never thought I could feel this happy,” she said of the meeting.

Do you think she could handle the men’s pro league? It would be pretty fantastic. Baseball doesn’t require the brute strength of football, the height of basketball or the speed of soccer. It would probably come down to whether her pitch is fast enough. Eri currently pitches for the Yuma Scorpions in the Arizona Winter League. “I’m not satisfied with my performance here, so I’ve almost made up my mind to join the Outlaws (to do better),” Eri said. “But I want to give it deep thought with my parents. I’ve learned a lot since coming to the States.” You go, Eri!


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