bean·​ball | \ ˈbēn-ˌbȯl How to pronounce beanball (audio) \

Definition of beanball

: a pitch thrown at a batter's head

Examples of beanball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conigliaro was a Red Sox outfielder whose career was cut short by a beanball in 1967., "Witte was selected by the Red Sox in the 24th round back in 2013 and is in his first spring training for the Sox. He’s spent his entire career in the Red Sox minor-league system and recently hit .271 between Double A and Triple A last season with 22 doubles and nine homers.," 21 Dec. 2019 In 1965, Juan Marichal, a future Hall of Fame pitcher, was involved in a confrontation while batting as part of beanball war between Marichal’s Giants and the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Myles Garrett was the first piece in rebuilding the Browns; against the Steelers, he damaged them and his career," 15 Nov. 2019 There will be stringent enforcement of both a pitch clock and a rule forcing batters to remain in the box (unless dusting themselves off after a near-beanball)., "When I’m king of the entire sports world . . .," 10 Nov. 2019 Marlins pitcher Dan Straily and manager Don Mattingly were both suspended for their roles in a beanball incident with the San Francisco Giants. Craig Davis,, "Marlins Dan Straily, Don Mattingly suspended following beanball incident," 21 June 2018 Unlike the first two games of this series that were marked by flaring tempers and alleged beanballs, Wednesday's finale was tame. Michael Wagaman,, "Jose Urena unravels in 6th, Giants hang on for series win," 20 June 2018 Unfortunately, that includes a beanball war three years ago between his Aztecs and the Cougars. Oscar Terrones,, "South Bay baseball rivals decide to cool it," 20 Apr. 2018 As Josh Donaldson pointed out in a heated but extremely reasonable tirade about beanball culture two years ago, intentionally throwing at a hitter puts his health and his livelihood at risk. Ted Berg, For The Win, "It's a weak move for AL pitchers to throw at opponents, and there's an easy solution," 12 Apr. 2018 Barney, though, didn't nearly have the role in the fallout as Chavez, who was the pitcher who delivered the get-even beanball after the dust had settled. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Chavez has respect of Rangers brass despite role in dust-up with Blue Jays | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of beanball

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Beanball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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