Definition of shortstop
1 : the player position in baseball for defending the infield area on the third-base side of second base
2 : the player stationed in the shortstop position
Recent Examples of shortstop from the Web
This guy is one of the best offensive shortstops in all of baseball.
American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, waves as he is taken out of the game in the top of the fourth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis.
Riley Adams followed with a ground ball to Boise shortstop Ryan Metzler, who made the force out at home, but two runs scored as catcher Austin Bernard threw the ball away trying to turn a double play at first.
Jurickson Profar is back up from Triple A Round Rock and was in the Rangers’ starting lineup at shortstop Wednesday night.
The Cincinnati Reds shortstop had an agreement with teammate Joey Votto, who promised a large-eared animal as a reward for making the National League All-Star team.
Cleveland is sending pitchers Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller, shortstop Francisco Lindor and outfielder Michael Brantley.
Two-way star Brendan McKay, slugger Drew Ellis, closer Lincoln Henzman, shortstop Devin Hairston, catcher Colby Fitch, center fielder Logan Taylor and pitching ace Kade McClure were picked in the MLB draft.
In one instance, they were stopped by the glove of Matt Kemp, the former Padres outfielder robbing former Braves shortstop Erick Aybar on a drive to left.
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First Known Use of shortstop
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Definition of shortstop for English Language Learners
baseball : the player who defends the area between second and third base
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Definition of shortstop for Students
: a baseball infielder whose position is between second and third base
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