split-fingered fastball

noun
\ ˈsplit-ˈfiŋ-gərd- How to pronounce split-fingered fastball (audio) \

Definition of split-fingered fastball

: a fastball thrown with the ball gripped as for a forkball so that it drops rapidly as it nears the plate

called also split-finger, splitter

Examples of split-fingered fastball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Thursday, a regression in the sharpness of Tanaka’s best two pitches — a split-finger fastball and a slider — was his biggest downfall. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "How the Astros Beat the Yankees in Game 4 of the A.L.C.S.," 17 Oct. 2019 By this logic, wouldn’t white baseball pitchers have an advantage because their light skin helps them disguise the light baseball when throwing a split-finger fastball? Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "USF should consider Steve Spurrier (Jr.) or Jay Gruden as its next head coach | Commentary," 5 Dec. 2019 That’s an impressive feat, considering Darvish throws more than six pitches and his split-finger fastball and hard curve can be difficult to catch. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "While Willson Contreras gets closer to returning to the Cubs, Victor Caratini gets more assertive, especially when catching Yu Darvish: ‘We know what the other is thinking’," 28 Aug. 2019 Domingo German is facing an innings limit, big-game pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has struggled to find his split-finger fastball all season and James Paxton has only just begun to put together consistent starts. Kristie Ackert, courant.com, "Vlad Jr. smacks a 2-RBI triple to hand Yankees their second straight loss," 11 Aug. 2019 Put on 15 pounds and work on a split-finger fastball ... Dan Brechlin, courant.com, "Meet the 2019 All-Courant spring high school athletes of the year," 2 Aug. 2019 While his standout pitch, the split-finger fastball, has eluded him much of the season, Tanaka has been the Yankees’ most reliable pitcher — a 3.81 E.R.A. over a team-high 111 innings — thanks to secondary pitches and guile. James Wagner, New York Times, "Gio Urshela Keeps Doing All the Little Things for the Yankees," 14 July 2019 The most noticeable difference, other than varying the speeds on his slider and curve, was the unveiling of his split-finger fastball. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Yu Darvish, Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward fuel the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Pirates in their 2nd-half opener," 13 July 2019 And until Posey’s single, Norwood was deceptively successful thanks to use of a split-finger fastball to complement a sharp slider and 96-mph fastball. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs reliever James Norwood shows promise in his debut: 'He had some great stuff'," 12 July 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Split-fingered fastball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/split-fingered%20fastball. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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split-fingered fastball

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English Language Learners Definition of split-fingered fastball

baseball : a fast pitch that drops quickly as it nears the batter

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