Monday, November 17, 2008

Girl drafted by Japanese league team

In what is most likely a publicity stunt for a burgeoning new Japanese baseball league, a 16-year-old girl was drafted by a pro baseball team, making her the first girl ever to achieve that distinction. Money quote:

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 call it a publicity stunt because the chances of a 16-year-old anything succeeding in a professional league are slim to begin with, let alone a 5-foot tall sidearming knuckleballer. But I wish her the best of luck.

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