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A league all her own

Girl, 16, makes Major League Baseball history

June 23, 2015

A 16-year-old girl on the French national baseball team made MLB history over the weekend when she became the first known female to be added to the the league’s international registration list. Melissa Mayeux, a shortstop, could be signed by a Major League team after July 2, though it’s highly unlikely she will be. Mayeux is also one of four French players selected to attend a training camp in the U.S. with former pro baseball players later this summer. And she routinely hits baseballs thrown by pitchers who hit 90-plus miles per hour on the radar gun. According to reports, though, Mayeux is not overly impressed with her historic achievement. “She is not at all thinking about being the first female on the list,” said one of her coaches. Well, we’re thinking about it and we think it’s pretty damn cool.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story stated Mayeux would be eligible for the next MLB draft. She will not be.