A 16-year-old French shortstop made history on Sunday afternoon. Melissa Mayeux became the first-ever woman eligible to be signed by a Major League Baseball team.
MLB.com's Lindsay Berra reported today that Mayeux, a member of the French U-18 junior national team, will be "added to MLB's international registration list," which means she could be picked up by any MLB team come July 2.
"While anyone can technically be added to the list, only those who have the potential to actually be signed are customarily registered," writes Berra.
So even if she doesn't get signed this time around — which is likely — the fact that she's on this list shows that she's a legitimate player.
Mayeux herself doesn't expect to be signed: "I would like very much to continue playing baseball in France until I'm 18 years old," Mayeux told Berra, "and then have the ability to leave for university or another opportunity abroad. I'd like to stay in baseball as long as possible."
We're rooting for her, and even if she doesn't make it to the big leagues, we're happy the MLB is open to signing its first female player.
You can watch a video of her in action below:
Screenshot via MLB.com