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Eri Yoshida debuts in Golden Baseball League

May 30, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

18-year-old Eri Yoshida became the first woman to pitch professionally in the United States in close to a decade on Saturday, throwing three innings for the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League.

Dubbed Japan’s “Knuckle Princess” because of her patented knuckleball, Yoshida pitched a scoreless first inning before allowing four runs over her final two frames.  She also had an RBI single.

Yoshida allowed five hits in all and issued one walk while topping out at 47 pitches.  According to the Associated Press, she learned to throw the knuckler at a young age by watching Tim Wakefield, who she met this spring and got some tips from.  How far the pitch will take her, of course, remains to be seen.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - May 30, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Since she’s only 18, isn’t it a little redundant to say she learned to throw the knuckleball “at an early age”?

  2. Bill - May 30, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Teams do this all the time for publicity. They put someone in there to try and get fans in the seats….not because she is actually good. She is good for a girl. She won’t last long.

  3. Howie B. - May 31, 2010 at 6:51 AM

    Saying she won’t last long is way premature. She’s only 18 – she didn’t embarrass herself on the mound, and she got an RBI single in her debut. Its hard to find good info on the Cimarrones de Tijuana, but in the 1st inning she faced at least two former top prospects in Ivan Ochoa (bunt single) and Jackson Melian (double play).

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