What is fastball?

  • (noun): (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity.
    Example: "He swung late on the fastball"
    Synonyms: heater, smoke, hummer, bullet


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 (152.9–170.59 km/h) (officially) and up to 108.1 mph (174 km/h) (unofficially), 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.

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Sport In Saskatchewan - Team Sports - Baseball, Fastball, Slowpitch
... Many recreational leagues abound around the province, and baseball, fastball, or slowpitch games are featured in many community festivals, rodeos and reunion gatherings ...
Aroldis Chapman - Pitching Style - Repertoire
... Chapman currently throws two pitches a four-seam fastball at 96–101 mph and a hard slider at 87–90 mph ... be part of an attempt to better control his fastball ... pitches have extraordinarily high whiff rates of 33% for the fastball and 58% for the slider ...
Carlos Martínez (pitcher) - Pitches
... Martínez throws a 96 mph four-seam fastball along with a split-finger fastball, a two-seam fastball, and a slider ...
Pitches - Side-arm Fastball
... A side-arm fast ball is thrown from an angle different from the normal one ... It is at a lower angle and is thrown from the side, hence the name "side"-arm ...
Painting The Corners: The Best Of Fastball
... Painting The Corners The Best of Fastball is a compilation album released by the rock band Fastball ...