I read an interesting article this morning about a young pitcher who was mentored by the great Joe Niekro before his death.  For those of you who don’t know, Joe Niekro was a pitcher, but more than that, he was a knuckleball pitcher like one of my favorite players pitching today, Tim Wakefield. 

The young player in the article is also a knuckleballer but what really caught my attention is the fact that she’s female and her coach speculates that she just might be the first female player in the MLB.  Could it happen?  Could Chelsea Baker be the first female player in a league that’s decidedly gender biased?  Honestly, I don’t think so, at least not in my lifetime…but you just never know.

Chelsea isn’t the only young female player out there creating waves that seem to point to the possiblility of women playing in the major leagues some day.  There’s also young Eri Yoshida, another knuckleball pitcher, who had the opportunity to meet her idol, Tim Wakefield, a couple of months ago during spring training. 

Who knows what could happen?  All you have to do is watch the movie, A League of Their Own, and you can see that anything is possible.  That’s not to say I hope we have another major war, not even if it did give these young women the chance to play in the majors, but wouldn’t it be great if they did break through the gender barrier of Major League Baseball?

Just think, one day in the far distant future, MLB could be celebrating Eri Yoshida  or Chelsea Baker Day, just like they do now with Jackie Robinson Day.

Wouldn’t that be something?

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