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High-speed pursuit

Originally Published: March 26, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

We interrupt major league baseball's fascination with radar guns to point out the following velocity-related tidbit, courtesy of the Bill James Handbook:

The fourth-slowest fastball in the American League last year, at 85.8 miles per hour, belonged to Barry Zito of the Oakland Athletics. You might have heard of him: In December, the San Francisco Giants signed him to a seven-year, $126 million contract -- the largest deal in history for a pitcher.

Zito is and always has been a craftsman, ...

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