sink·​er | \ ˈsiŋ-kər How to pronounce sinker (audio) \

Definition of sinker

1 : one that sinks specifically : a weight for sinking a fishing line, seine, or sounding line
2 : doughnut
3 : a fastball that sinks as it reaches the plate

called also sinker ball

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There are plenty of crafty left-handers such as Lowther and Akin, plenty of righties with strong sinkers such as Hanifee and Baumann. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles set blueprint for rebuild during MLB draft, filling needs for pitching upside, infielder," 5 June 2018 Without much fanfare, Jennings has done superb work, taking a 2-1 record and 1.84 ERA into the weekend in 18 appearances, pitching to contact with an effective sinker. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: In terms of effective left-handers, the Brewers' bullpen cup runneth over," 11 May 2018 The velocity on his sinker is down about two miles per hour. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Inside Ohtani's Electric Debut, Masahiro Tanaka's Resurgence and Ranking the Most Surprising Starts to 2018," 9 Apr. 2018 The Astros moved Charlie Morton away from the sinker and instead instructed him to pair his curve with four-seam fastballs up in the strike zone. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Pitching Staff Threatening to Rewrite Baseball’s Record Books," 6 June 2018 Vizcaino, who swung through three sinkers in a row for the first of three strikeouts in the inning, pointed down, his hand repeatedly darting toward the ground. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' Britton fans three for Frederick, is 'pleasantly surprised' in first rehab outing," 31 May 2018 Reaction from Alex Bregman and A.J. Hinch to the final play With the winning run on third and one out, Alex Bregman barely got a piece of a sinker and nubbed it eight feet from home plate. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Relive Astros' Alex Bregman's wacky walk-off in photos," 11 July 2018 Andrew Cashner is not a one-way Harry, manager Buck Showalter warned this spring as the Orioles' February free-agent signing cruised through the Grapefruit League with his sinker up in the zone for strikes and down in the zone for groundouts. Jon Meoli,, "Cashner cuts through Yankees for six innings en route to first quality start with Orioles," 6 Apr. 2018 The right-hander kept the ball on the ground for the most part over four scoreless innings in a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing only three hits while on the attack with his sinker. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Surprise Five: No Holland. No Cabrera. No Kela? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sinker

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sinker

: a weight used for holding a fishing line or net underwater
baseball : a fast pitch that drops lower as it reaches home plate

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