What is a sweeper? A look at the pitch taking over MLB


April 26, 2023

PHOENIX (AP) — Bob Melvin was talking about the improvement of Padres reliever Steven Wilson, when the San Diego skipper dropped in some cool-kid lingo that's making the rounds in Major League Baseball these days.

"The sweeper's ended up being a really big pitch for him," Melvin said.

A few seconds later, Melvin was asked a simple question: What exactly is a sweeper?


"I don't know," Melvin said, laughing. "It's new-age baseball talk. A slider's probably got a little more depth and the sweeper probably comes across a little more. I've made that joke, too. I still write it down as a slid...

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