What does shove mean in baseball?

To pitch well

In baseball, "shoving" does not refer to pushing someone; it describes a pitcher pitching exceptionally well. In this context, pitching well isn't just limiting the runs scored by the opposing team; it's dominating them by keeping them off balance and racking up strikeouts.

The term comes from the idea that a pitcher is having his way with the batters, basically shoving the ball down their throats. Some also believe it comes from a pitcher shoving his poker chips into the center of the table to show that he's "all in" by pitching like there's no tomorrow.

Commentators, fans, and players may all use the term. For example, if a pitcher strikes out ten batters and throws seven shutout innings, fans may say, "I think it's fair to say we've found our ace. Wilson shoved today."


Gerrit Cole shoved today
No doubt. He showed why he's making the big bucks

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Updated October 12, 2023

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