Thursday, March 4, 2010

Going their own way

The face of baseball is changing, and it's a good way. Anyone who can play should get the chance. Regardless of who they are, if they can beat out the competition, then the job should be theirs.

So some good news from the world of independent baseball:
Female knuckleballer Eri Yoshida received a contract offer from the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League on Friday.
It's not a guaranteed thing that she'll sign. She wants to think it over for awhile:
Yoshida is scheduled to return to Japan in the beginning of March. Marshall plans to wait for her response until mid-April.
She's had some good games, and actually winning one, while getting rocked for 4 runs in 1/3 or an inning.

As I said, I'm all for anyone having a chance. As long as it's real. When it becomes a publicity stunt, then I'm not so sure. She's had some success, but not really enough to really warrant a contract.

Considering that the last major signing by the Golden League was Jose Canseco, then I have to be sceptical. I hope she signs. I hope she does well. Because giving her a chance and letting her fail spectacularly just to put some people in the seats isn't the way to do it.

It does a disservice to the league, to Eri Yoshida, to women attempting to play the game, and to baseball in general.

Good luck to her.

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