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Na Koa Ikaika Maui still working out details on Eri Yoshida’s contract

by on Jul.14, 2011 @ 2:38 pm, under Other

As reported earlier, Eri Yoshida signed a contract with the Na Koa Ikaika Maui.  But she has yet to suit up for Maui.  According to The Maui News' Robert Collias, Maui is still working out the details on Yoshida's contract.

A snip from the article that was posted on 7/9:

Na Koa vice president Bob Elder said during the fifth inning of Friday's game against the Calgary Vipers that North American League commissioner Kevin Outcalt and Maui owner Bob Young had just gotten off the phone discussing a contract for the woman nicknamed the "Knuckle Princess," and her arrival on the Valley Isle.

"She won't be here (today), but it's just a matter of working out a couple of things," Elder said. "We apologize for the inconvenience."

Elder said Yoshida should be on Maui in the next few days.

The team announced last week it had agreed to terms with Yoshida, and that she was scheduled to start today and July 16 at Maehara Stadium.

"I don't really know when she is going to show up because I think they had some problems in the negotiations, so as far as I know right now I don't know when she is coming," Maui manager Garry Templeton said earlier Friday.

She also made another start for Samurai All Japan on 7/10:

vs San Diego Waves - Yoshida gave up 6 runs over 3 innings of work.  She struggled with her control and walked 8 and hit 2 batters.  She also gave up 3 hits, including a 2-run homer in the 1st inning.

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5 comments on “Na Koa Ikaika Maui still working out details on Eri Yoshida’s contract

  1. Kyle

    I mean this with all due respect, but when is this experiment going to end? I wish her all the luck, but her pitching lines have been pretty horrendous. How far can a gimmick be taken?

  2. BBMedia

    It would appear that it has nothing to do with proficiency as a Pitcher, and a lot to do with putting derrieres in chairs. That has to be very difficult for her teammates,and one has to ask: How long will fans come to see this kind of pitching performance — even from a 5’1″ so called “Knuckleball [occasionally?] Princess.” I’ve been supportive in the past, but with these pitching lines in a Collegiate Summer League, it really does seem a bit sad that she is allowing herself to be used this way — rather than taking a few years to develop and coming at it with a more legitimate approach.

  3. Red

    The knuckleball is pretty much the king of all junk pitches and is rarely thrown for strikes. In order to be effective with it, you absolutely need a decent fastball. Her 65MPH “heater” just won’t cut it.

    Sadly, without much in the way of upper body and arm strength, women aren’t really cut out to be pitchers (I think they’d be more suited to a defense-oriented position like middle infielder). That said, if she insists on continuing to pitch in the pros, she may want to try to learn a changeup. A few soft-tossers have gotten by with a change as their out pitch. Of course, most of them were lefties that could at least hit the low 80s…

  4. Dew

    When she started, her submarine knuckleball arced to the plate and broke late. She changed the arc and it stopped breaking. Next she change her release and she lost the arc. Hopefully she can team with a knuckleball coach who can bring it together.

  5. BBMedia

    She just signed with Chico, not Maui. It should be interesting to see if she can actually pitch this year. By many accounts the 12+ ERA last year in the Golden seemed very low (about 1/2) vs. what some managers reported happening in games — and that was with the advantage of long times between starts and only facing each team once. Her time in the collegiate wood bat league this summer didn’t appear to go well, and regardless of what the new media release said, the best she could do in Japan this year was get signed to a “practice squad” — which might have been a VERY good developmental choice. Best of luck.

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