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Female knuckler Eri Yoshida gets a win

Feb 16, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

Eri Yoshida AP.jpgThe Arizona Winter League is not exactly the highest level of baseball imaginable — if the guys playing there were such great shakes they’d be on their way to an actual spring training camp right now — but they’re better than you and I are.  That’s where the famous Japanese female knuckleballer Eri Yoshida is plying her fluttery trade this winter, and it’s not going too bad so far.  After one disastrous start and then some decent bullpen work, she got a second start:

Her second start was against Team Canada. At 5’1″ and 114 pounds she
is not the most intimidating presence on the mound, but Team Canada was
flustered by her mixture of a sidearm knuckleball, curve ball
and fastball that she shut them out for four innings, only giving up
four hits.  She struck out one without walking a hitter to pick up her
first win.

There’s probably no chance this translates to affiliated ball — and maybe she’s no Toni Stone — but I would not be at all surprised to see her pitching in the Northern League or something this winter.  For entertainment value she’d certainly beats another appearance by Jose Canseco or some other washed up former Major Leaguer.

(thanks to Ron Rollins for the link)

  1. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    The AWL is affiliated with the Golden Baseball League, which *is* a professional (read: organized) league.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    I should have used the term “affiliated” baseball.

  3. The Common Man - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Dude, Craig, Jose has a Twitter feed now (, don’t go pissing him off. He’ll totally p’own you (did I do that right? Is that what the kids are saying?).

  4. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    I think in a battle of wits, Jose’s got the knife and Craig’s got the gun…

  5. BC - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    It’s “pwn”. No “o” or apostrophe.

  6. Jamie - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    I hereby declare you King of All Nerds.

  7. Not So Common Man - Feb 16, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    >Dude, Craig, Jose has a Twitter feed now
    >(, don’t go pissing him off. He’ll >totally p’own you (did I do that right?
    >Is that what the kids are saying?).
    Um, No. Pwned!

  8. Robert Trudell - Feb 24, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Here are some photos & videos of Eri pitching against the Saskatchewan Silver Sox this last Saturday.

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