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THE FUTURE OF USA SOFTBALL

THE FUTURE OF USA SOFTBALL
BEIJING - AUGUST 21:  Jennie Finch (c) and Cat...
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So, who’s the next big thing for USA Softball?

By Justin Harper-NewsOk.com

With Jennie Finch retiring from softball at the end of August, the sport will not just be losing one of the world’s top players. It also is losing its most famous.

So, who will be the next Face of Softball?

Here are a few likely candidates:

Cat Osterman Pitcher

Cat Osterman

The Texas product is considered by many to be the world’s best in the circle. And she already has a line of Demarini softball equipment that bears her name.

What’s more, no player will be more visible, as Osterman will be continuously on camera when pitching in Team USA‘s biggest games.

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Jessica Mendoza Outfielder

Jessica Mendoza

Mendoza is no stranger to television audiences. She’s one of ESPN‘s softball analysts who call the Women’s College World Series.

Mendoza is among the greatest players in the game (named USA Softball Athlete of the Year in 2006), she’s smart (graduated from Stanford with a master’s degree in social sciences and education) and she has the communication skills to relate softball to TV viewers.

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Vicky Galindo Third base

Vicky Galindo

The California native has the looks and plucky personality to draw fan appeal. Galindo also has a quirky batting motion (crossing her back leg in front of her front leg in mid-swing) that always gets talked about by TV analysts and is featured in many replays.

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Caitlin Lowe Outfield

Caitlin Lowe (photo by: Chris WIlliams/Icon SMI)

Like Finch, Lowe is a highly athletic blonde who hails from California and won a national championship (two, actually) while playing at Arizona.

Lowe is known for making spectacular catches in center field (she once broke her nose running into the wall making a catch in college), which has made her a fan favorite.

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