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5 Most Intimidating Fastballs in Baseball History

Stephen MeyerDeputy MLB EditorNovember 10, 2016

Hitters put their well-being at risk every time they step into the batter’s box. A thin, plastic helmet is all that separates their fragile brains from the force of a hard fastball traveling upwards of 100 miles per hour.

That concept is intimidating enough in itself, but other factors play a role in determining who can be crowned the most intimidating fastballs in baseball history.

The main categories considered in compiling this list include:

1. Velocity

2. Mound Demeanor

3. Peer Reactions

4. Pitching Inside with Purpose (whether intentional or not)

There is no better means of judging the intimidation factor of a pitcher than to ask those who have experienced it first hand, so quotes and reactions are a key part of the blueprint.

Extenuating circumstances such as Kyle Farnsworth’s tackling ability and Roger Clemens’ bat-throwing talents were omitted from the discussion, though admittedly generating their own form of fear.

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