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Detroit Tigers links: Melissa Mayeux is the first female MLB international free agent

A French teenager is trying to make history, while the Tigers are finally starting to perk up.

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When thinking about where professional baseball players typically come from, France is not one of the top countries on the list. In fact, it might not even make the list at all. There have only been 10 major league players born in France since the dawn of Major League Baseball. The only one you have ever heard of, Bruce Bochy, is better known for his work as the San Francisco Giants' manager over the past nine seasons.

While that number may not change anytime soon, France's baseball program is getting a huge amount of public attention this week. Melissa Mayeux, a 16-year-old shortstop on the U-18 French national team, became the first woman added to MLB's international registration on Monday. With other players like Mo'ne Davis and Sarah Hudek having success at other levels of the game, it was only a matter of time before a woman broke this barrier.

Will Mayeux get signed? I have no idea, but others, including's Lindsay Berra, indicate that it is unlikely. Mayeux is still very young, and it doesn't seem like she has been heavily scouted (if at all). Still, her presence on this list is a huge positive for Major League Baseball and the game at large.

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