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Definitions for fastball
ˈfæstˌbɔl, ˈfɑst-fast·ball

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fastball, heater, smoke, hummer, bulletnoun

    (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity

    "he swung late on the fastball"; "he showed batters nothing but smoke"

Wiktionary

  1. fastballnoun

    Any of the variations of high speed pitches thrown in baseball

  2. fastballnoun

    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

    The pitcher had a blazing fastball.

Freebase

  1. Fastball

    The fastball is the most common type of pitch in baseball. Some "power pitchers," such as Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens have thrown it at speeds of 95–106 mph and up to 108.1 mph, relying purely on speed to prevent the ball from being hit. Others throw more slowly but put movement on the ball or throw it on the outside of the plate where the batter cannot easily reach it. The appearance of a faster pitch to the batter can sometimes be achieved by minimizing the batter's vision of the ball before its release. The result is known as an "exploding fastball": a pitch that seems to arrive at the plate quickly despite its low velocity. Fastballs are usually thrown with backspin, so that the Magnus effect creates an upward force on the ball, causing it to fall less rapidly than might be expected. A pitch on which this effect is most marked is often called a "rising fastball", as the ball appears to rise to the batter. Colloquially, use of the fastball is called throwing heat or putting steam on it, among many other variants. Gripping the ball with the fingers across the wide part of the seam so that both the index finger and middle finger are touching two seams perpendicularly produces a straight pitch, gripping it across the narrow part so that both the index finger and middle finger are along a seam produces a sinking fastball, holding a four-seam fastball off-center imparts lateral movement to the fastball, and splitting the fingers along the seams produces a sinking action with a lateral break.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fastball in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fastball in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of fastball in a Sentence

  1. Jorge Soler:

    I just kept battling it out, I'd seen Ozzie Albies stuff or whatever, so I was sitting on the off-speed, and I was thinking to Jorge Soler, if he throws me an off-speed pitch, I can connect and drive the ball, if Ozzie Albies throws me a fastball, I'm just going to try to stay alive during this at-bat. I got to 3-2, and I didn't want the same thing to happen on the first inning at-bat where I struck out on the off-speed pitch. So I was just kind of getting prepared for that.

  2. Zach Plesac:

    It was fastball command all night, that opened everything up for the off-speed.

  3. Branden Pinder:

    It was a fastball inside, it just cut on me a little bit. I would have liked to get it a little more inside.

  4. Curt Simmons:

    Throwing a fastball to Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak the sun past a rooster.

  5. Preston Wilson:

    I don't know how you guys feel about this, Blummer and Baggy, but for me, it was the slider, i can take the fastball. But I actually had somebody ask me if I could go back in history and change one thing, I skipped right over slavery and went to the slider. That's how I feel about it.

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