Are You Ready For Olympic Women’s Baseball?

Just when you thought that Girl Power died when the Spice Girls broke up, there comes word from BASEBALL DIGEST that suggests otherwise: the International Baseball Federation has including both men’s and women’s baseball in their bid to regain Olympic sports status in time for the 2016 Games. Somewhere in Baseball Fad Heaven, the Colorado Silver Bullets are smiling (or at least choking down a few Coors Lights with Eddie Gaedel and Bill Veeck).

A League of Their Own

But is this a giant leap forward in women’s sports, or just a sad attempt by the IBAF to get its sport back into the Olympics (with its collection of minor-league prospects and rank amateurs that makes the World Baseball Classic seem like the pinnacle of baseball achievement by comparison)? With women’s softball also being cut from the Olympics, adding a women’s baseball discipline is a perfect way to try and sneak back into the Olympics under the banner of “gender equity.”

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17-Year-Old Girl Makes Japan Pro Baseball Debut

Back in November, we brought you the news that a professional baseball team in Japan had signed a 16-year-old pitcher. Which may not sound like much…until you learn it was a girl. Well, now she’s made her pro debut.

Eri Yoshida

Eri Yoshida faced two batters and struck out one of them in her debut with the Kobe 9 Cruise of the new Kansai Independent League. She entered in the ninth inning of her teams 5-0 win over Osaka in front of a crowd of more than 11,000 at the Osaka Dome. Yoshida, a five-footer who relies on her knuckleball, walked the first batter she faced but then settled in.

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Japanese Schoolgirl Signed By Pro Baseball Team

That weird smell hovering in the Los Angeles air for the past few days? Turns out it wasn’t the smoldering remnants from blocks of burnt down houses. It didn’t even come from America, actually. The stench came from Japan, and it was the smell of fear. You see folks, a whole lot of male Japanese ballplayers have been spending the last few days messing their pants, because they’re about to get embarrassed by a girl!

Eri Yoshida

The above photo is of Eri Yoshida. She’s 16 years old, throws a mean knuckleball - her favorite player is Tim Wakefield - and she just signed a contract with the Kobe 9 Cruise, a professional team in an independent Japanese baseball league. She will become the first-ever woman in Japan - and, as far as I know, the world - to play side-by-side with men. This is a big deal.

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