\ ˈslərv How to pronounce slurve (audio) \

Definition of slurve

: a baseball pitch having the characteristics of both a slider and a curve

Examples of slurve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The slurve is nothing new, with Wojciechowski tracing his use of the pitch to high school. Nathan Ruiz,, "Cutter? Curve? Slider? Orioles’ Asher Wojciechowski stifling hitters, pitch trackers with repertoire," 26 July 2019 The slider is really a slurve, and Medina still throws a slow (more traditional) curveball. Matt Gelb,, "Phillies prospect Adonis Medina finds more strikeouts with new breaking ball," 16 July 2017 After a bullpen session, Pini suggested Gavin turn his two solid breaking balls (a curveball and a slider) into one really strong pitch, a slurve (combo of both), that became a bit more like a slider. Mirin Fader, Orange County Register, "Cal State Fullerton pitcher John Gavin won’t settle for anything less than great," 4 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of slurve

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slurve

slider + curve

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“Slurve.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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