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17-Year-Old Girl Knuckleballer Throws Batting Practice To Tampa Bay Rays [VIDEO]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 23:  Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks at his bat after a swinging strike against pitcher Edinson Volquez (not pictured) of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a game on June 23, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – JUNE 23: Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks at his bat after a swinging strike against pitcher Edinson Volquez (not pictured) of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a game on June 23, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

By: Evan Jankens
@kingofthekc

In high school, most baseball players only dream of throwing batting practice to a Major League team. Chelsea Baker, 17, from Plant City, Fla., was given that opportunity Monday night.

But Baker didn’t throw the ball softball style, she threw a knuckleball that she learned from the great Phil Niekro. Rays manager Joe Maddon allowed Baker to show her stuff during batting practice.

Baker managed to make players miss, and even as Joe Maddon said on his Twitter account, she hit Rays’ star third baseman Evan Longoria in the back.

Talk about a dream come true! I would bet no one at 97.1 The Ticket could get a hit off this girl.

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