Could French Teen Break MLB’s Gender Barrier?

CBS DC

WASHINGTON — There are still countless hurdles to clear, but the first important step towards a female playing professional baseball in the United States has been cleared, with the addition of French teen Melissa Mayeux to Major League Baseball’s international registration list.

This is a first for the 140-year-old organization, which can technically add anyone to the list, but usually only considers those with a legitimate shot of being signed by one of the 30 organizations.

For the cynics that want to write this off as a publicity stunt, MLB Director of International Game Development Mike McClellan defends the sanctity of the list and says the decision was not taken lightly:

“She’s a legitimate shortstop who makes all the plays and is very smooth and fluid in the field. She swings the bat really well and is fearless.”

According to an MLB.com article on the topic, Mayeux isn’t interested in being a spectacle and…

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