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11/17/08 4:50:57PM
And here's the even better part: It's a girl. Seriously.

TOKYO (AP) -- A 16-year-old schoolgirl is making a unique pitch to become the first woman to play professional baseball in Japan.

High school student Eri Yoshida was drafted by the Kobe 9 Cruise, a professional team in a new independent Japanese league that will start its first season in April.

"I always dreamed of becoming a professional," Yoshida, who is 5-feet (152-centimeters) tall and weighs 114 pounds (52 kilograms), told a news conference Monday. "I have only just been picked by the team and haven't achieved anything yet."

Yoshida throws a side-arm knuckleball and says she wants to follow in the footsteps of Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, who has built a successful major league career throwing a knuckleball.

Yoshida took part in a tryout held earlier this month and passed with flying colors. The right-hander held male batters hitless for one inning in the tryout and her successful outing helped her become one of the 33 players picked in the draft.

The fact that the guys couldn't hit her really says something.
11/17/08 5:09:53PM
Good for her
11/18/08 3:44:12AM
Hmm, who knows? A side-arm knuckler is just the kind of female pitcher that could get by in men's baseball. Doesn't matter how hard you throw it as long as it moves.
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