Fastpitch softball player Monica Abbott made history on Thursday when she became the first woman athlete to ink a million-dollar contract. The 30-year-old hurler signed a six-year deal with the Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs of the National Pro Fastpitch League. The six-team league has been around for 14 years and is a partner of Major League Baseball. Teams have a $150,000 yearly salary cap, so Abbott’s deal is constructed with a series of bonuses based on attendance benchmarks. According to CNNMoney, she doesn’t even need to actually pitch to get paid, as long as fans show up. However, she’s definitely pitching — and dominating, which will likely bring out the crowds.
In Abbott’s first outing, she tossed a complete game and struck out 18 batters. After signing the deal with the Scrap Yard Dawgs, she said she plans to finish her career with the team. Abbott’s fastball tops out at a blazing 77 mph, and the former Olympian — who in 2008 became the first softball pitcher to throw a perfect game in Olympic competition — stars in several YouTube videos that show her explosive pitching prowess. A few of them are below to give you a sense of what batters in the pro league will have to deal with. Be sure to watch the one in which she blows a pineapple off the top of a batter’s helmet with her devastating fastball.
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