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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?

Sluggers-069-Sammy-SosaSammy Sosa tested positive for steroids–yep, Sam(my) is playing the same old tune.  It’s become a recurrent theme in baseball these days; another star player who let thousands of fans down and/or vindicated thousands of critics by getting caught cheating.

So, steroids again.  Do I care?  No, I can’t say that I do, but then I’m a grown woman and though I admit to being a bit of a fangirl where some of the players are concerned–can we all say Manny?  Phffft!–I’m old enough to know baseball players aren’t perfect and I don’t idolize them or dream of being like them.  Unfortunately, that’s not true for a lot of baseball fans, namely those under the age of eighteen and those who have kids under the age of eighteen who love baseball.  Nor is it true for minor league players whose idea of the great life is playing in the major leagues one day.

Don’t get me wrong, I love baseball and though I know steroids are a problem we’ll be hearing more about and one we need to find a solution for, I think major league baseball has a bigger problem than steroids.  Wait, no, I meant MLB commissioner, Bud Selig, has a bigger problem than steroids.  It’s obvious to me, given the leaks from a list that was supposed to be confidential, that one of Bud’s minions has turned against him.  Someone out there is doing their best to make Mr. Selig look like a bumbling idiot with his head firmly planted in the sand.  Not to mention the worst MLB commissioner ever…

and they’re doing a pretty good job of it.

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