ball·​play·​er | \ ˈbȯl-ˌplā-ər How to pronounce ballplayer (audio) \

Definition of ballplayer

: a person who plays ball especially : a baseball player

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The Mets are an international melting pot team made up of British, American, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Irish, and Chinese ballplayers. Stan Grossfeld,, "‘It brought me so much joy.’ An evening with a Baseball for Beginners club in London," 27 June 2019 Doctors in Santo Domingo removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestines, and the former ballplayer was then flown to Boston for further treatment Monday night, undergoing two hours of exploratory surgery. Fox News, "Man linked to David Ortiz shooting to be charged with accomplice to attempted murder," 12 June 2019 Nevertheless, this small moment signaled two positive steps forward for the team: First, this is evidence of young ballplayers learning to work together, which is essential for a rebuilding franchise., "Seattle Mariners’ defensive play of the year has already happened: Commentary," 20 June 2019 Remember when ballplayers were simply content with just stealing second base? Dwight Perry / Sideline Chatter, The Seattle Times, "Sideline Chatter: But as Mars Blackmon taught us, ‘It’s gotta be the shoes’," 18 May 2019 Anglophobia, stirred by Britain’s trade with the Confederacy during the civil war and the prominence of Irish-Americans among early ballplayers, assisted this process. The Economist, "Baseball and exceptionalism," 8 June 2019 Of course, the actual baseballs, bats, and ballplayers are part of the fireworks as well. Tom Krasovic,, "Padres' home now means home runs are less rare, and that's a tradeoff," 8 June 2018 But maybe there were some answers in what Marisol told a group of young ballplayers at a visitation the day after her son died. Vahe Gregorian And Maria Torres, kansascity, "Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress," 6 July 2018 In fact, the aftermath of the injury could alter the degree to which stadium operators and teams owe ballplayers a safe environment in which to play. Michael Mccann,, "Analyzing Dustin Fowler's Lawsuit Against the Chicago White Sox," 13 Jan. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ballplayer

US : a baseball player

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