The number of women involved in baseball at all levels has been steadily growing over the last couple of decades. Like most major televised sports, it is still very much male-dominated. The following three women are all players who have already made a significant mark on the game, and whose careers any baseball fan should watch with interest.
Back in 2015, the French shortstop Melissa Mayeux made history when she became the first woman to be added to the MLB’s international registration list. After this, she became officially eligible to sign on to join a major league club. She has since gained experience and knowledge from some of the world’s best players at the European Elite Camp. She has also represented her country at the national level in under 18s softball and baseball.
Currently playing for Montpelier Barracudas, in France’s top division, Mayeux is showing no signs of waning in her enthusiasm or her talent. As one of the most exciting players in the sport today, we sure hope she doesn’t go anywhere soon!
Sarah Hudek is another player who has made history in baseball. In her case, she became the first woman to be awarded a college baseball scholarship back in 2015. It only took her a year to score her first collegiate win, which she did in style. Her fastball/curveball combination is the envy of other pitchers across the sport.
Eri Yoshida’s rise through the ranks of the baseball world is a testament to the power of determination. Yoshida taught herself how to throw a knuckleball at the age of 14. She was initially drawn to baseball because she caught a Tim Wakefield start on TV. Deciding that baseball was the sport for her, Yoshida leaped at the chance to join her high school team, where she quickly established herself as a star player.
Just two years after her high school debut, Yoshida became the first woman to make the draft of a major Japanese baseball team. She signed with the Kobe 9 Cruise, who are part of the Kansai Independent Baseball league.
However, Yoshida’s remarkable story doesn’t end there. In 2009, she made the journey to the United States in order to pursue her dream of playing baseball in the major leagues. For those who truly want to make their mark in the sport of baseball, America really is the only place to do it. In achieving this dream, she assisted in defeating Team Canada, and ultimately became the first woman to sign with a major league baseball team in over a decade.
In 2013, Yoshida returned to Japan where she immediately resumed her career.
Baseball is a fast-moving sport. New talent is appearing all the time, who knows when the next major league team will sign another female player? If you want to stay up to date with all the latest news from the world of baseball, keep an eye on Theplanetofbaseball.com.
These women are all proof that, if you have a dream and are willing to pursue it, and you have a good deal of talent, of course, then virtually anything is possible. There are still, unfortunately, relatively few women in professional baseball, but who knows what the future might hold?