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Eri Yoshida, Female Knuckleball Pitcher, Attracts Pro Interest, Meets With Tim Wakefield (VIDEO)

First Posted: 05/03/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:40 PM ET

Eri Yoshida
Eri Yoshida, an 18-year-old knuckleball pitcher, may be the first Japanese woman to play in the U.S. men's pro leagues.

It's been said Eri Yoshida grew up watching videos of Tim Wakefield's knuckleball to perfect her craft, and now she may be headed to the men's pro leagues.

Yoshida, an 18-year-old knuckleball professional pitcher from Japan, has been extended an offer to play for the Chico Outlaws of the Independent Golden Baseball League, the Japan Times reports.

She could be the first Japanese woman to play professional baseball in a men's league in the United States, according to the report.

Yoshida came to Florida this week to finally meet Wakefield.

"I never thought I could ever feel this happy," Yoshida said of the meeting.

Some are already asking if Eri Yoshida could be the next Tim Wakefield.

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Filed by Craig Kanalley  |