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n. Baseball
A pitch thrown at the pitcher's maximum speed.


(Baseball) baseball a ball pitched at the pitcher's top speed


(ˈfæstˌbɔl, ˈfɑst-)

a baseball pitch thrown at or near a pitcher's maximum velocity.
[1900–05, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fastball - (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocityfastball - (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity; "he swung late on the fastball"; "he showed batters nothing but smoke"
pitch, delivery - (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
slider - a fastball that curves slightly away from the side from which it was thrown
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
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How hard was Tiant's fastball humming back then, when he led the American League with a 1.
Before this week's game, Coach Ron Washington said Darvish had to get better control of his fastball.
Our intuition (and the broadcasters we listen to) might tell us that, to decrease the likelihood of the runner scoring on a wild pitch or passed ball, the pitcher increases his fastball frequency.
Aboriginal clubs will be meeting in Winnipeg later this summer to determine national fastball bragging rights.
Healy collected himself, went back to his bread - his fastball - for two pitches, and his butter - his curveball - for the third strike, and pumped his fist emphatically.
For instance, a fastball moves quicker than other pitches.
He had a decent fastball and a very good, deceptive slider.
Normally, baseball players have a hard time seeing a fastball because
An administrator whose repertoire primarily consists of a fastball often tends to employ an authoritarian or autocratic style of management.
10, 1976, and the unmistakable thud, one of pure power and force, was a Nolan Ryan fastball thumping into the leather of catcher Andy Etchebarren's mitt during pregame warmups.
He's probably one of the very few pitchers who could lose 10 miles an hour off his fastball and still win just as many games.