Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Potential French Import...

No, this is not a trade post about what I received from The Card Papoy. Instead, it's a post about a potential PC guy The Card Papoy might have in the future. Okay scratch that, it wouldn't be PC guy, it'd be PC girl.



Enter Melissa Mayeux, a 16 year old shortstop out of France. She's been on the international baseball/softball scene for a while now and has started really attracting attention when she became eligible to be one of the international free agents who can sign with a baseball team this upcoming July. Although it can be suggested that she might not know how the Americans are reacting to a female playing baseball. A French female at that.

She's a shortstop who's gotten some praise from scouts for her defensive prowess and even her hitting abilities. Because she's a shortstop that means baseball analysts and experts see a lot of Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter in her, probably.

She's pretty much the first female to qualify as an international free agent, and though it'd be really premature to say, there are narratives floating around that she might be the one to break the gender barrier in MLB. But then again, most people don't see a team signing her this July. Maybe two years from now when she's 18? Hey Toronto, want a quick way to appeal to those French speaking folks in Quebec?


If she doesn't get signed, she'll be eligible to play college baseball in America and could possibly even be one of the players for Team France in the next WBC tournament. Which is awesome and funny at the same time.



So anyway, I'm sure that most of the focus on the July 2 shortstops will be on guys like Lucius Fox, Wander Javier, Yonathan Perlaza and Gregory Guerrero (amongst others) but Mayeux might be a name worth keeping in mind. Hey, if those cliche sports movies from the 80's and 90's taught us anything, it's that girls can do anything boys can. Or at least I think that's what the obligatory token girl in almost every movie was supposed to represent.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

8 comments:

  1. I hope Melissa brings some legitimate interest because I'd love to see that barrier get torn down in the next decade

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    1. She plays a premium position so who knows?

      Anyway before I die I'd like to see the first female MLB player and a player who wears a three digit jersey number.

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  2. From what I hear she doesn't have enough of what the scouts are looking for to be signed after July 2nd.
    I would love to see her go to a US college and make her mark there. Maybe then she could get drafted in the 1st Year Play Draft.

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    1. Yeah she probably won't get signed this year, but teams might be more willing to give her a shot when she turns 18. In any case I hope she comes stateside for college baseball and hones her skills before the French ruin it.

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  3. yeah, I saw that yesterday...I thought it was incredibly ironic for a country that only has 10 000 licensed baseball players to actually achieve that feat.
    Needless to say that not one single French paper (even those that solely focus on sports) wrote about it. They did mention the guy who would'nt give A-Rod his 3000th hit/HR bal back, though.

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    1. I'm curious though, is the reason her story didn't get published because France just isn't that interested in baseball, or because she's a female and gender relations in France are, well, complicated?

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    2. We're all in full Women's World cup of soccer mania right now, so I think gender is ok (though females aren't allowed to play in any major professional sport with men, so....hum...). It's just that nobody cares about baseball.

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    3. Thanks for the reply, based on that I'll just take it as a combination of the two.

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