Is it just a coincidence that International Women's Day is the only day with just 23 hours?
Korean Women Baseball, should we pay attention?
I've never heard of it. I'm much more interested in how the women's "pro" league is doing in Japan.
I personally see the future of baseball for women in Japan and their pro league. They've already offered Chelsea Baker 50k a year. The Japanese aren't near as hung up on the whole "girls are inferior" thing as most cultures. With American girls playing over there, I think it could actually grow into something. Baseball is HUGE over there.
I don't know how many people actually know this, but there are a women's and 16u girls Team USA. They practice out of the same complexes as the men's Team USA teams and travel all over the world. Japan is usually their largest competition (and more often than not beat us), because the girls are playing baseball from tball on vs our girls playing baseball and being forced into softball. Australia is also another country that has a very strong girl's baseball scene, and they're usually one of our stronger competitors as well.
Out of 100,000 girls playing youth baseball only 1,259 survived to play for their HS baseball teams in 2012/2013. The point that girls and young women make is they would prefer playing baseball against other girls rather than switch to softball. I think the only way both girl's softball and girl's baseball could exist at the HS level is in larger school districts with huge numbers of girls trying out for spring sports.
I have noticed more girls playing at our local Little League than when my son last played LL ball twelve years ago.
"He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
"You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."
French teen first female to be added to MLB's international registration list
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Here is a clip of that article:
MLB Director of International Game Development Mike McClellan has been watching Mayeux play for two years.
"She's a legitimate shortstop who makes all the plays and is very smooth and fluid in the field," he said. "She swings the bat really well and is fearless."
McClellan recalls an at-bat the right-handed Mayeux had during a tournament in Barcelona in April. She was facing a 19-year-old Dominican pitcher who was throwing 91 mph, which is considerably harder than most pitchers in her age group can throw. "She ripped a base hit off of him, just to the right of second base," McClellan said. "She just went with the pitch, and she looked good doing it."
EDIT: On my way to the gym this morning I heard Lindsay Berra (author of that article on mlb.com I linked to here) talking on NPR about Mayeux. It will be interesting to see where she goes to play for college, and if France can qualify for the WBC, Mayeux is eligible to play for them as well. It is exciting to see how her career can play out from now moving forward.
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"They've got a good ballclub; that guy Ruth is always tough, but he isn't going to get many good balls to hit. The only pitchers they have who will bother us are Pennock and Hoyt. But we can take them -- just as we took the best in the National League. And no matter what the score is, we're going to keep fighting and hustling." --- Cardinals MGR Rogers Hornsby before the 1926 World Series.