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Can women compete against men in baseball I believe so but the correct question is Can the very best women athletes compete in mens professional baseball To answer that question we must look at the relative strength and size of men and women When you match up men and women with the same lean body mass and size the differences are small However absolute strength and size are not key factors in baseball Baseball is a game involving skills that are combination of timing coordination strength knowledge of the game strategies control competitiveness and desire There are plenty of examples in major league baseball of the smaller but very highly skilled player who overcome disadvantages of foot speed size or strength to be an exceptional player The biggest disadvantage that women players will have to overcome will be the fact that they will be less experienced in playing baseball Even though baseball and softball are similar games the smaller size and weight of the ball the longer pitching distances base paths and field size and the subtle differences of the game will pose more disadvantages than physical size or ability differences Women players need time to adjust to this new game with they want to compete with men The only women playing mens professional baseball is Ila Borders Borders has pitched for three independent Class A Northern League teams in four professional seasons She became the first woman to pitch in a mens professional baseball game on May 31 1997 as a member of the St Paul Saints The southpaw made her trailblazing debut by facing three Sioux Falls Canaries batters at Sioux Falls Stadium in Sioux Falls SD At first people thought she was simply a promotional gimmick but over time she has proven herself as a good relief pitcher with a 153 ERA 1 Times are changing and women are getting the chance to play baseball In 1996 28
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