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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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 Ray said he’s been training with former 76ers strength and conditioning coach Jim Ferris, who has worked with numerous professional ballplayers over the last 15 years. Josh Verlin,, "Recruiting: Winning means more college offers for Haverford School's Christian Ray," 3 July 2018 In this episode, the title character (played by Hank Azaria) goes on an epic bender with the wizened ballplayer Pedro Uribe (Hemky Madera). New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Brockmire’ and ‘Iron Chef Gauntlet’," 9 May 2018 Current Braintree High ballplayers including pitching ace John Tellier and center fielder Jackson Duffy. Andrew Higginbottom,, "Braintree Legion players have something to prove," 29 June 2018 Others just happened upon it in the parking lot, a 6'4″, 235-pound obvious pro ballplayer in uniform pants and a team warmup distributing Mexican food. Ted Berg, USA TODAY, "D'backs pitcher Taijuan Walker hands out free tacos in spring training parking lot," 12 Mar. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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US : a baseball player

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