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The fastest pitch ever to be recorded was thrown before radarguns were invented but was measured in recent years and was said to have been thrown at 116 mph by Satchel Paige. (this pitch of course was thrown after the Negro leagues were terminated and he entered the MLB for the Baltimore Orioles)

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First of all, Trevor Hoffman's fastball resides in the the mid-to-high 80s now, while his changeup resides in the high 70s/low 80s. When Hoffman was younger, and before his shoulder/arm trouble, he threw 92-94 mph fastballs and used a curveball as his secondary pitch. Now his changeup (palmball) is considered one of the best ever.

The slowest fastballs currently in the MLB are owned by (starting with the slowest) Tim Wakefield, Jamie Moyer, Paul Byrd, Livan Hernandez, Doug Davis, Mark Buerhle and Barry Zito. The slowest fastball among starting pitchers, in the minor leagues, (from an organization affiliated with an MLB team between A-AAA ball) is owned by James Simmons of the Oakland Athletics who's fastball resides in the 83-87 mph range. Rudy Owens, Matt Chico, Craig Stammen and Brad Mills are other pitching prospects who throw fastballs in the mid 80s

Tim Wakefield (Red Sox) is knuckleball pitcher (converted from first-baseman), who throws his knuckleball in the low-to-mid 60s and his fastball at 73 mph. Due to the fact that Wakefield was drafted as a first baseman and only became a pitcher because of his strange talent in throwing a knuckleball, his arm strength would be considered unacceptable for a professional pitcher if he didn't throw a trick-pitch.

Jamie Moyer (Phillies) is the oldest player in the MLB (he will be 48 years old this coming November). Because he has mastered a straight changeup and his pitch command, because he is left-handed (there is always a dearth of effective left-handed pitchers in the MLB), he can still be effective with a fastball that sits in the 78-83 mph range. On average, Moyer threw his fastball at 81.2 mph in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. When he was younger, Moyer could throw a fastball at about 86-88 mph.

Livan Hernandez (Washington Nationals) is a junk-balling veteran pitcher who threw so many pitches in his younger years-- he led the league in "innings pitched" 3 times and was in the top 10 in IP 7 times before he was 30 years old-- and who became extremely out-of-shape (for a professional athlete), that his fastball has deteriorated from below-average to slowest among right-handed pitchers in the MLB. Hernandez's fastball averaged 84.7 mphin 2009 (according to FanGraphs.com). Because Hernandez throws an array of breaking balls and changeups (at least 3), and because he's annually able to pitch from 180-250 innings of league-average Baseball, he can always find an employer.

Paul Byrd (Free Agent) is another junker who found some effectiveness later in his career (after spending much of his career in the minor leagues). Byrd's fastball usually sat between 83-88 mph, but as he aged it slowed to the 82-86 range.

Doug Davis (Brewers) is one of the best examples of a lefty junk-baller (behind only Moyer). Davis throws his fastball less than any other pitcher in the major leagues (at just 25% of the time), and instead relies on a strange, slow, windup, and a few effective breaking pitches. Davis' fastball resides between 82 and 86 mph, and averages 84.8 mph.

Mark Buerhle (White Sox) is a pitcher who proves that you don't have to throw 90+ mph to be an ace. While Buerhle has thrown both a "no-hitter" and a "perfect game," has been a four time All-Star, is the holder of a couple of MLB records, and is among the White Sox All-Time leaders in numerous pitching categories (all of this by age 30), he has consistently thrown his fastball in the mid 80s. Buerhle's fastball averaged 85.6 mph in 2009, and didn't exceed 90 mph once when he pitched his perfect game in July 2009. Besides his fastball, Buehrle throws a good cutter, a curveball, a changeup and a slider.

Finally, Barry Zito (Giants) averaged a velocity of 86.5 mph on his fastball in 2009, while his fastball averaged less than 85 mph in both 2008 and 2007. Zito however, utilizes the best curveball in the MLB to get outs. Despite his fall from his CY Young days with the Oakland Athletics, and despite his lack of control/ fastball velocity, Zito still uses his curveball well enough to be one of the better strikeout pitchers in the game.

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The fastest pitch ever thrown in a major league game was by Aroldis Chapman and it was 105 M.P.H. in his rookie season. Others who have thrown over a 100 M.P.H. are Joel Zumaya and Nolan Ryan.

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Joel Zumaya of the Tigers had a fastball recorded at 103 mph in the 2006 World Series.

actually it was a 104.8 mph fastball by Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya in the 2006 ALCS

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14y ago

the fastest pitcher was asher roth in college and it was 115 mph

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12y ago

ted lilly on June 26 10 it was clocked at 107 mph i believe softball was jennie finch at 72 mph

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105 mph is the fastest fast ball ever thrown in baseball.

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108.1 MPH Nolan Ryan fastball

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