Occupation: Japan’s first female professional baseball player
Known for: Getting drafted last week by Kobe 9 Cruise, a minor league team, thereby making the high schooler the first woman (okay, girl, who is anybody kidding?) to play professional baseball in Japan since the country’s women’s league folded after two years in the 1950′s; her knuckleball, baseball’s most confounding pitch to hit, which she learned to throw by watching videos of Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield; having what appears to be the opposite of a pitcher’s stone-face–with those cute-as-a-button dimples–an asset that may prove just as distracting in the long run to batters as her trademark pitch.
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Filed under: Dimples, Eri Yoshida, First Woman in Japanese Baseball, firsts, Japanese Baseball, Knuckleballers, Knuckleballs, Kobe 9 Cruise, Playing with the Big Boys, Teen Wonders, Tim Wakefield, Yoshida Eri
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