Meet Eri Yoshida, a 16-year-old Japanese baseball player who has been chosen to play on a Japanese men’s baseball team. Read more about the story plus photos of Eri Yoshida below.
Eri Yoshida, a 16-year-old Japanese student, has been drafted by Kobe 9 Cruise, a team part of an independent league that is set to debut in April. She gained notice after her future manager, Yoshiihiro Nakata witnessed her knuckleball in action. Yoshida spoke with reporters today and said:
“I never dreamed of getting drafted. I have only just been picked by the team and have not achieved anything,” she said. “I want to play as a pro eventually in a higher league.”
Tryouts were held earlier this month, where the right handed pitcher left the men hitless for one inning during her tryout.
Yoshida will become the first Japanese woman ever picked to play in a men’s professional baseball team. Her inspiration? Fellow knuckleballer Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox. Way to go, Eri! Power to the women…
As a biography, we do know that Eri Yoshida is 16 years old. She is a petite little thing, at 5 feet tall and weighs 114 pounds. Not much else is known about her, but no doubt we’ll be hearing much more about this young phenom pitcher in the years to come.