Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pic of the Week

Mo'Ne Davis fired a three-hit shutout in the Little
League World Series on Friday.

She's only 13, and her pitching at the Little League World Series is catching the attention of some very big names.

But the idea that Mo'Ne Davis of Philadelphia is potentially headed for professional baseball -- a notion Keith Olbermann raised on his ESPN show Friday night and that found its way into the AP game story (albeit from a non-baseball person, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett) -- well, that's a ways too far ahead of the curve to be taken seriously.

Yes, she has thrown a 70 mph fast ball, and yes, she's a mere 13. Even if she is in fact the best pitcher in this tournament, she's still some five years away from the professional draft -- and she's a girl.

This isn't sexism. It's biology. Her male counterparts are going to get bigger and stronger than she will over the next five years. It's not enough for her to be the best of the best female baseball players; she's got to be one of the best of the best, period. That's a high mountain to climb.

Still, this is the second amateur female pitcher of 2014 whose exploits raise that kind of possibility. That's intriguing, to say the least.

But right now, we should let Mo'Ne Davis be the 13-year-old that she is.

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