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split-fingered fastball


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseball A fastball thrown with the ball held between the index and middle finger, causing the ball to drop sharply near home plate.


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  • Effectively tailoring his performance around a split-fingered fastball and changeup, Pavano looked every bit the starting pitcher we wished he was for us.

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  • Whicker is also not impressed by the split-fingered fastball taught by Roger Craig and others: “Arrives at 88 mph, leaves at 200,” he says.

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  • Bruce Sutter’s split-fingered fastball produced a Hall of Fame career as a reliever.

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