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Baseball An inside, usually high fastball intended to force the batter to move away from the plate.
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(Ball Games, other than specified) baseball a pitch that narrowly misses the batter
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n. Baseball.
a fastball pitched high and inside, forcing the batter to lean away from the plate.
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"The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue today," reads Robinson's brushback pitch of an opening line.
At the plate, he stepped back from a brushback pitch, worked the count to ball four, and trotted to first.
SOUTHBRIDGE - Town Manager Christopher Clark saw his first brushback pitch from town councilors.
And that "disingenuous" was definitely a brushback pitch.
Through the years, brawls in the majors have been triggered for various reasons: A beanball or brushback pitch, a nasty, crashing slide against an infielder at second or third, a knockdown collision at home, or profane, smart-ass words that make a player lose all restraint.
Given the brushback pitches and trash-talking of the previous games, Crawford should have warned both teams after Marichal's first brushback pitch to Wills.
This brought a smile to Robbins' face, and her good-natured retort indicated a brushback pitch would be a more likely scenario.
He delivers an obvious brushback pitch that hits the batter on the head and knocks him cold--and the umpire doesn't even issue a warning to the pitcher.
There was no styling in the field or agonizingly slow check-me-out home run trots or taunting curtain calls or charging the mound after every brushback pitch or standing at home plate to admire home runs or wearing advertising caps and T-shirts for postgame press conferences.
"I think the players should be allowed to take care of the brushback pitch instead of the umpires.
Martin!s bar-room brawls gained him almost as much notoriety as his 1960 assault on Cubs pitcher Jim Brewer, whom he leveled after he charged the mound following a brushback pitch. Brewer suffered a fractured bone near his eye socket.
If a batter had to duck out of the way of a brushback pitch from Law, the Pirates right-hander would shout, "Bless you, brother!"