change·​up | \ ˈchānj-ˌəp How to pronounce changeup (audio) \

Definition of changeup

: a slow pitch in baseball thrown with the same motion as a fastball in order to deceive the batter

Examples of changeup in a Sentence

The batter struck out on a changeup.
Recent Examples on the Web The other pitches are a changeup, curve, back door curve, rise ball, drop ball and screw ball. Randy Mcroberts,, "Forest Hill resident Alex Anderson commits to George Mason to play softball, study computer science," 31 Dec. 2020 Dickerson hit a changeup for the tape-measure homer and got another one an inning later. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Dickerson hits team’s longest homer in Statcast era, first of two in game," 1 Sep. 2020 Claudio throws a slow changeup that sits around 73 mph, a pair of mid-80s fastballs and a mid-70s slider. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "‘A different type of style’: Angels resume bullpen rebuild with signing of Álex Claudio," 16 Dec. 2020 His fastball averages 86 mph (with deception in his side-arm delivery) and his changeup is mischievous. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers should dig into non-tender free-agent market to add power and/or pitching," 3 Dec. 2020 Tony Pollard — used as a changeup to Ezekiel Elliott on his 103-yard day — bounced a run off the right side of the Dallas line, beyond Jalyn Holmes and a desultory tackle attempt from cornerback Chris Jones. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Vikings winning streak ended when Dallas scores late for 31-28 victory," 23 Nov. 2020 Featuring a devastating changeup and a four-seam fastball that gets into the upper 90s, Williams was practically unhittable. Jay Cohen,, "Kyle Lewis, Devin Williams voted season’s top rookies in MLB," 9 Nov. 2020 Baez’s changeup was death on lefty hitters in the regular season. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "After another World Series gut punch, Dodgers can't ponder what-ifs: 'Ain't no time to hang our heads'," 25 Oct. 2020 Williams went to his incredible changeup to strike out Rizzo, keeping intact his average of two whiffs per inning. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 1, Cubs 0: The offense produced 18 fewer runs than the previous game and that was still enough," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of changeup

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of changeup was circa 1943

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4 Mar 2021

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“Changeup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of changeup

baseball : a slow pitch that is thrown with the same motion as a fastball in order to fool the batter

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