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Most Intimidating Fastball

One of my lifelong dreams has always been to stand in the batter's box and face a 100mph fastball. I don't harbor any unrealistic fantasies about actually making contact, I just want to stand in and see what it looks like as it goes by. I doubt I'd even be able to actually see it, and I imagine I would look much like the kid in Rookie of the Year - standing in the back corner of the box, quaking in my cleats, and guessing that the ball was going to come straight at me.

It is insanely difficult to throw a baseball as fast as some of these guys do. In fact, having the ability to throw a baseball in the high 90's or, heaven help us, in the 100's lands a person in one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. We had an event with Bayer aspirin a couple of days ago, and David Cone came in to act as their spokesman. Part of the commercial shoot involved a bullpen with a radar gun. I'm proud to say that I threw faster than anyone else in the cave that day, including Coney. Now, he has logged a few innings in his career, and I seriously doubt he was dialing it up anywhere near where he can still throw, but the fact that my robust 62mph fastball was tops that day brought a smile to my face. It also illustrated just how difficult it is to do what Major League pitchers do.

The question is, who has the most intimidating fastball in the game today? Here are a few of my picks.

Tim Collins Kansas City Royals

There are certainly guys who throw harder, but Collins is the only who does it at 5'6". That, to me, is intimidating. I'm sure the first time guy stepped in against Collins they thought, "Awww! Look at the little guy!" They were then immediately greeted with a 96 mph fastball up and in. Scary.

Aroldis Chapman

We all know how hard he throws, and that he is the owner of all five of the fastest pitches in history. What makes him even scarier is the fact that I'm not always sure he knows where it's going when it leaves his hand. Call it the Rick Vaughn disorder. And the man's nickname, The Cuban Missle Crisis, is terrifying.

C.C. Sabathia

C.C. throws very hard, and he's huge. It's kind of the opposite end of the Tim Collins spectrum. You're scared of C.C. the second you stand in the box, and then he simply confirms your fears. Another reason he makes this list is because of his consistency. He threw 130 pitches in a game last week, and number 129 was a 97 mph fastball. Yikes.

Justin Verlander

Your AL Cy Young winner-to-be has the best fastball in baseball, in my opinion. The way the ball explodes out of his hand is truly remarkable, and looks almost effortless. His no hitter earlier in the season was equally as effortless, and it almost seems like every time he takes the mound, we might see history.

Those are just a few guys who stick out to me. Let me know who else should be on this list by tweeting me @rwags614 .

One of my lifelong dreams has always been to stand in the batter's box and face a 100mph fastball. I don't harbor any unrealistic fantasies about actually making contact, I just want to stand in and see what it looks like as it goes by. I doubt I'd even be able to actually see it, and I imagine I would look much like the kid in Rookie of the Year - standing in the back corner of the box, quaking in my cleats, and guessing that the ball was going to come straight at me.

It is insanely difficult to throw a baseball as fast as some of these guys do. In fact, having the ability to throw a baseball in the high 90's or, heaven help us, in the 100's lands a person in one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. We had an event with Bayer aspirin a couple of days ago, and David Cone came in to act as their spokesman. Part of the commercial shoot involved a bullpen with a radar gun. I'm proud to say that I threw faster than anyone else in the cave that day, including Coney. Now, he has logged a few innings in his career, and I seriously doubt he was dialing it up anywhere near where he can still throw, but the fact that my robust 62mph fastball was tops that day brought a smile to my face. It also illustrated just how difficult it is to do what Major League pitchers do.

The question is, who has the most intimidating fastball in the game today? Here are a few of my picks.

Tim Collins Kansas City Royals

There are certainly guys who throw harder, but Collins is the only who does it at 5'6". That, to me, is intimidating. I'm sure the first time guy stepped in against Collins they thought, "Awww! Look at the little guy!" They were then immediately greeted with a 96 mph fastball up and in. Scary.

Aroldis Chapman

We all know how hard he throws, and that he is the owner of all five of the fastest pitches in history. What makes him even scarier is the fact that I'm not always sure he knows where it's going when it leaves his hand. Call it the Rick Vaughn disorder. And the man's nickname, The Cuban Missle Crisis, is terrifying.

C.C. Sabathia

C.C. throws very hard, and he's huge. It's kind of the opposite end of the Tim Collins spectrum. You're scared of C.C. the second you stand in the box, and then he simply confirms your fears. Another reason he makes this list is because of his consistency. He threw 130 pitches in a game last week, and number 129 was a 97 mph fastball. Yikes.

Justin Verlander

Your AL Cy Young winner-to-be has the best fastball in baseball, in my opinion. The way the ball explodes out of his hand is truly remarkable, and looks almost effortless. His no hitter earlier in the season was equally as effortless, and it almost seems like every time he takes the mound, we might see history.

Those are just a few guys who stick out to me. Let me know who else should be on this list by tweeting me @rwags614 .