Eri Yoshida signs with Chico Outlaws

Yoshida, 18, will be playing in the Golden League.

Unrelated to the Tokyo Swallows, but definitely of interest to baseball lovers–Eri Yoshida, the female knuckleballer who became the first woman to play pro baseball in Japan, has signed with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League.

The Golden Baseball League is a North American independent league with 10 teams in western Canada, America, and Mexico.

Yoshida first brought her sidearm knuckleball to the pros while playing for the Kobe Cruise 9. She is now the first female to play professional baseball in two countries. At only 18 years of age, it would appear that she has time on her side,

Yoshida is the number three Outlaw.

and there are several people within the Chico Outlaws organization that believe that she may have what it takes to get signed by an MLB club at some point.

Click here for a more detailed report on Yoshida and her new team.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini