Fireballer

Fireballer

[fahyuhr-baw-ler]
In baseball, a fireballer is a pitcher who throws at a notably high velocity. Generally, this term is reserved for pitchers with the ability to throw a fastball in excess of 95 miles per hour. Notable fireballers include Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Joel Zumaya, Jonathan Broxton, Jonathan Papelbon, Carlos Zambrano, Rich Harden, and Jeff Samardzija.

One of the earliest fireballers was Cy Young, who recalled that he "tore the boards off the grandstand with my fast ball." Young is notable for holding the Major League Baseball record for wins with 511.

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