beanball

noun
bean·​ball | \ˈbēn-ˌbȯl \

Definition of beanball 

: a pitch thrown at a batter's head

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Unlike the first two games of this series that were marked by flaring tempers and alleged beanballs, Wednesday's finale was tame. Michael Wagaman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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 Such incidents have set off countless beanballs and brawls. Jay Jaffe, SI.com, "Yasiel Puig's Plate Discipline and Trademark Flare Are Elevating the Dodgers in the NLCS," 16 Oct. 2017 The decades-old rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox is filled with beanballs, brawls and lots and lots of yelling. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Apple Watches and Stolen Signs Add Fuel to Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry," 6 Sep. 2017 There were a few more beanballs and a few more scuffles. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "5 worst moments for 2017 Tigers - the worst season we've seen in a while," 26 Aug. 2017 Meanwhile, as if the Kinsler controversy weren't enough, the Tigers then engaged the Yankees in a beanball war Thursday that's likely to lead to several suspensions. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Umpires get little sympathy during wrongheaded protest against mistreatment," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of beanball

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

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