from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Baseball A pitch thrown at the pitcher's maximum speed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the variations of high speed pitches thrown in baseball
- n. A four-seam fastball, which is a backspin pitch thrown with a ball gripped in the direction to cause four of the seams of the ball to cross the flight path and released with roughly equal pressure by the index and middle fingers
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a baseball thrown with maximum velocity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
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If he can properly locate it, his fastball is a good pitch against the Sox.
At this level, a fastball is a home run, basically.
Columbus about a week ahead of Beech, says the fastball is there and the breaking pitches are improving rapidly.
The term "fastball" is used loosely: His "heater" topped out at 88, according to the San Jose
My fastball is back to what it was (clocking 96 mph).
"(Carpenter's) fastball is a valuable pitch to him, but he doesn't have to have it to win," Duncan said.
His mid-90s fastball is useful primarily in that it sets up his off-speed pitches.
So pitchers on steroids throw harder meaning batters can hit the ball farther, but that fastball is more difficult to hit.
Mid-90s fastball is back; held his own against top hitting teams.
His fastball is not a power pitch, but scouts like his approach to pitching and his poise on the mound.