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slider

Noun

1 a person who slips or slides because of loss of traction [syn: skidder, slipper]
2 someone who races the luge [syn: luger]
3 freshwater turtle of United States and South America; frequently raised commercially; some young sold as pets [syn: yellow-bellied terrapin, Pseudemys scripta]
4 a fastball that curves slightly away from the side from which it was thrown

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Etymology

Noun

  1. Agent noun of slide; one who slides.
  2. A pitch thrown with added pressure by middle and ring fingers yielding a combination of backspin and sidespin, resulting in a motion to the left when thrown by a right handed pitcher
    The closer had a wicked slider that was almost unhittable.
  3. A small greasy hamburger
    We ordered five sliders.
  4. A piece of teflon or similar material attached to a curling shoe that allows the player to slide along the ice

Translations

curling

Extensive Definition

In baseball, a slider is a pitch halfway between a curveball and a fastball. When pitched, the slider breaks laterally and down, with more speed than a curve ball but less speed than a fastball. The break on the pitch is shorter than that of a curveball. The release technique of a slider is between a curveball and a fastball. The slider is similar to the cutter, a pitch which is thrown as a fastball, but differs in the sense that a slider tends to be more of a breaking ball. A notable slider is thrown by John Smoltz which come in looking like strikes and then break out of the strike zone. Francisco Rodriguez throws a hard curveball that is often mistaken for a slider.

History

The innovator of the slider is debated, but some source Charles Albert Bender as the first to use the slider, then called a "nickel change" in the 1910s. Bender used his slider to help him achieve a no-hitter and win 212 games in his career. Bender was the first pitcher to win six World Series games.

References

slider in Japanese: スライダー (球種)
slider in Swedish: Slider
slider in Chinese: 滑球
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