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Eri Yoshida makes first start of the year with Chico Outlaws

by on Jul.24, 2011 @ 11:22 am, under Other
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Eri Yoshida made her first start of the year on the 22nd and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) over 2 innings of work against the Maui Na Koa Ikaika.  The Outlaws ended up winning the game 8-4.

Yoshida's line: 2 IP, 15 BF, 58-25 NP-S, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 HBP, 0 SO.


1st inning - 1 run

double (caught stealing), walk, walk, reaches on E3 while run scores (unearned), fly out to center, fly out to short.

2nd inning - 2 runs

walk, HBP, single, sac fly to left, fly out to center, HBP, RBI walk, ground out to the catcher (putout 2U)

3rd inning - 0 runs

walk // removed from game

Eri Yoshida to return to the Chico Outlaws

by on Jul.21, 2011 @ 9:46 am, under Other
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As mentioned by BBMedia, Eri Yoshida has returned to the Chico Outlaws.  A snip from a ChicoER article:

CHICO — The Chico Outlaws announced Wednesday that they have re-signed Eri Yoshida, the 19-year-old knuckleball pitcher who last year became the second female in history to play for an American professional baseball team.

In a press release, the team cited Yoshida's desire to stay in her native Japan following the country's devastating earthquakes as her main reason for not playing thus far in the North American League, for the Outlaws or any other team. She had been under contract with Maui, in town visiting Chico currently.

Yoshida's first start is scheduled for Friday against Maui at Nettleton Stadium.

And she made another start for Samurai All Japan on 7/14:

vs Team San Diego - Yoshida gave up 8 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings of work.  She also threw a total 89 pitches, struck out 3, and walked / hit 8 batters.

So a quick recap of her 7 outings:

6/5 1.0 2 2 1 2
6/7 3.0 4 2 1 2
6/14 1.0 0 0 0 0 8
6/22 3.0 86 6 8 1 7
6/27 5.0 90 4 7 3 5
7/10 3.0 79 3 10 1 6
7/14 4.0 89 6 8 3 8
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Chico Outlaws and Eri Yoshida News

by on Sep.22, 2010 @ 3:42 pm, under Other
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Seems the Chico Outlaws might be in trouble, despite winning the GBL championship this year.  A snip from an article at the Chico Enterprise Record (via Nikkan Sports):

We hope we haven't seen the last of Yoshida. Actually, we hope we haven't seen the last of the Outlaws. It will be an interesting offseason. We hope the Outlaws are back next year to defend their championship, but the league's lease with Chico State University to rent the baseball stadium has expired.


With 10 teams spread out over three countries and four states, including Hawaii, running the league is an expensive proposition. Every offseason, the teams change. This offseason will be no exception.


It should have been better for Chico in the postseason. It wasn't. When the playoffs rolled around, Chico got stuck with three weeknight home games and crowds were in the hundreds, not the thousands.


As for Eri Yoshida, she managed to catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park on the 21st.  She also got to meet Tim Wakefield again.

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Eri Yoshida’s second start of the year

by on Jun.13, 2010 @ 10:08 pm, under Other
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6/15/2010 3:53pm JST

The Chico Outlaws are apparently thinking of inviting Mamie Johnson to the team as an instructor / advisor some time during the summer.

6/14/2010 3:01pm JST

According to Nikkan Sports, of the 80 pitches Yoshida threw, over 60 percent were knuckleballs.

And it seems there were 4,200 on hand to watch the game (Sponichi mentions 4,400).

And via Sanspo, a NY times story about Mamie Johnson, the first female to pitch in the Negro Leagues in the 1950s.

6/13/2010 10:08pm JST

Eri Yoshida started her second game for the Chico Outlaws on the 12th.  Yoshida went 4 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, and 1 strikeout.  She also threw a total 80 pitches.

While Yoshida did not get the decision, the Outlaws did win the game, 8-4.

Inning by Inning

1st inning

HBP, fly out to first, fly out to first, RBI single (caught stealing)

2nd inning

single, ground out, ground out, fly out to center

3rd inning

walk, fly out to center, double (runners on second and third, strikeout, fly out to center

4th inning

walk, double play, single (stolen base), run scores on error (E6), ground out


In other Eri Yoshida news...

...It seems Yoshida next start won't be until the 24th against the Edmonton Capitals.  Until then, Yoshida will likely be used out of the pen.  Incidentally, the 24th is also the same day that the baseball HoF will be officially added Yoshida's bat and uniform to their exhibit.

...Yoshida selected Shota Shimizu's rendition of Stand by Me as her intro song.

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Chico Outlaws to broadcast all their home games online

by on May.29, 2010 @ 3:53 pm, under Other
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Eri Yoshida fans, rejoice!

It seem the Chico Outlaws will be broadcasting all their home games this season online, via Justin.tv.

The Outlaws have also posted an mp3 of Yoshida greeting fans and asking them to come out to watch her pitch on the 29th (direct link).

Watch live video from Chico Outlaws Professional Baseball on Justin.tv

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Chico Outlaws hold press conference for Eri Yoshida in Tokyo

by on Apr.13, 2010 @ 10:19 pm, under Other
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The Chicao Outlaws held a press conference for Eri Yoshida on Tuesday in Tokyo.  Her uniform number with the team will be the number 3 (her first choice was the number 17 and her second choice was the number 3).  She has also updated her blog with an entry on the press conference.  Seems she's planning on continuing her blog from the US.

Yoshida will be heading to the US in early May for the start of the season.  In the meantime, she'll continue with her training in Japan.

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Eri Yoshida officially decides to join Chico Outlaws

by on Apr.09, 2010 @ 5:15 pm, under Other
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=== 4/10/2010 6:16pm JST

The GBL season will begin on 5/19, with the Outlaws' road opener on the 21st and their home opener on the 27th.

Yoshida will become the first female player since Ila Borders was active (1997-2000).

=== 4/9/2010 8:04pm JST

Seems a contract has also been signed.  There's also a post of the signing at the Chico Outlaws website.

Here's a snippet:

(Chico, CA. April 8, 2010) The Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League (GBL), the premier independent minor league in western North America, today announced that Japanese pitching sensation Eri Yoshida has agreed to terms where the 18 year-old female sidearm knuckleball pitcher will play for Chico this summer, reporting to spring training in early May.

=== 4/9/2010 5:15pm JST

Eri Yoshida has updated her blog with a note stating that she has decided to join the Chico Outlaws.  What follows is my translation of that post.  Not perfect, but I think it gets the job done.

My announcement has taken me some time
and I apologize for any concerns this may have caused.

I wanted to announce that I have decided
to join the Chico Outlaws.

I thought about this for a long time...

This is something I can only do now,
and I felt I didn't want to let this opportunity slip by.

I participated in the Arizona Winter Leagues,
and after having a chance to meet and work with Boston Red Sox player Tim Wakefield,
my feelings for America only grew stronger,
and my feelings for becoming a real knuckleballer
got stronger as well.

And that's when I thought
it would be best for me to pursue my dreams.

And just like this,
I'll be able to continue following my dreams
and to experience new things.

And for that, I am really grateful.

I do apologize for not being able to give back to the community in Japan...

But I will do my best as I pursue my dreams,
and I would be happy if I can
continue to rely on your support.

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Eri Yoshida opts for the Chico Outlaws

by on Apr.03, 2010 @ 5:15 pm, under Other
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=== 4/4/2010 12:17am JST

Mie Three Arrows Kabeya Keiichiro (壁矢慶一郎) told reporters on Saturday that they have yet to receive any word from Yoshida.

=== 4/3/2010 5:15pm JST

It appears that Eri Yoshida has decided to play for the Chico Outlaws this season.  It doesn't appear as though she has signed an official contract with the Chico Outlaws yet, but according to published reports, she has already decided that she wants to play in the US.

I bet the Mie Three Arrows are bummed.  I'm guessing they were banking on her signing with their team in order to put more fans in the stands.  It's a pretty important year for the team, considering it's year #1 for the Japan Future Baseball League.

Still, this decision is about Yoshida.  As such, I wish her the best of luck.  And I'll continue to post updates about her as long as the news continues to flow.

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