ballplayer

noun

ball·​play·​er ˈbȯl-ˌplā-ər How to pronounce ballplayer (audio)
: a person who plays ball
especially : a baseball player

Examples of ballplayer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Twins also will hold a Futures Clinic on Saturday at Urban Ventures for young ballplayers. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, 26 Jan. 2024 Any opportunity to celebrate the greatest living ballplayer ever is warranted, but the numerical anomaly of the date that happens once every century makes for an official blowout. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 Over the years, a variety of sobriquets have been used to describe overweight ballplayers. Bill Swank, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Dec. 2023 And since then, baseball has given him a platform for his activism, including projects with Players for the Planet, a group of ballplayers (including teammate Hunter Greene) and other athletes focused on environmental issues. The Enquirer, 13 Jan. 2024 Despite promising to make top ballplayers wealthy beyond their wildest dreams, the Mets have failed to sign any of the game’s top free agents. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2023 The legendary ballplayer fell and broke his hip while walking up to the auditorium after parking. Chris Willman, Variety, 18 Dec. 2023 Sportscaster Alanna Rizzo will lead a panel of contributors that is expected to include top current and former Hispanic or Latino Major League Baseball ballplayers, including Pedro Martinez, Albert Pujols, Yonder Alonso, Nestor Cortes, and Kenley Jansen. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 In the education of a young ballplayer, Saturday was a painful lesson for Red Sox center fielder Ceddanne Rafaela. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ballplayer was in the 15th century

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“Ballplayer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ballplayer. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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