Sandy Koufax, the great fastballer
for the Dodgers in the 1960s, was famous for holding photo ops with ice packs strapped to his elbow immediately following his games.
Aomori Yamada eliminated Tokyo's Kokushikan 3-0 on a three-hit shutout by fastballer
Masatoshi Yanagida, who also hit a solo homer.
Pitcher Art Mahaffey, a hard fastballer
who struck out seventeen Cubs in one game the previous season, turned in an All-Star performance with 19 wins.
Meanwhile, the New York Yankees, where Japanese fastballer
Hideki Irabu pitches, is hoping to find prospective amateur recruits while observing the six Asian teams competing at the Queen Siriket's 60th Anniversary Stadium in the suburbs of Bangkok.
During the past 18 years, I have had occasion to work for (or catch!) two basic types of administrative "pitchers": the fastballer and the artiste.
Overall, the fastballer can deliver the "heat." But the rest of the team may begin to feel insignificant and increasingly irrelevant to the outcome.
Pursley also has done a portrait of fastballer
A sturdy right-hander, Stone was a hard-throwing fastballer
who suffered tendinitis ailments in his first two seasons in the majors, forcing him to become a finesse pitcher who used breaking pitches and location to get bailers out.
Though he struggles against left-handed pitching, he's a big threat against right-handed fastballers
. He still has room to fill out physically, but has long arms and a solidly built lower frame.
Tim Wendel is the latest author to offer a book-length celebration of fastballers.
Along the way, beyond comparisons of hard throwers, Wendel and friend Phil Pote treat readers to observations on topics such as the surprising number of fastballers spawned by small towns, the height of the pitching mound and its impact on pitching speed, the movie Bull Durham, the peculiarities of speed guns (the JUGS is the 'fast' gun, the RAGUN the 'slow' gun), the cadence of Joan Didion's prose, and even Wendel's own ability--lack of, actually--to throw heat.
Through computer technology, the card now depicts the two great fastballers