The Knuckleball Princess

It’s been some time since I last heard of Eri Yoshida.

In case you missed it: Eri Yoshida is a girl from Japan who taught herself to throw a knuckleball by watching Tim Wakefield on TV. She’s throwing a sidearm knuckleball which isn’t fast at all. At 16, after pitching with her school’s baseball (not softball) team. She then signed with the Kobe 9 Cruise of the Independent League in Kansai. The media had picked up her story shortly before she signed the deal and she was on the news for quite some time in 2008.

In 2009 she tried to test her luck in the States and signed with the Yuma Scorpions of the Arizona Winter League. In 2010 she played a season with the Cico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League and has since then bounced around quite a bit. She ended up pitching in Hawaii for Na Koa Ikaika Maui of the independent Pacific Association.

So Gen of Yakyubaka has provided the stats to her last 5 starts, which you can find here. And those stats don’t look that bad. It’s somewhat great to see how this girl is living her dream. Heck, she even has her own corner in the Japanese Baseball Hall Of Fame already! And she also has a Baseball-Reference profile. How cool is that?!

And, oh, yes, she’s already met her idol.


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