noun (1)
short·​stop | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp How to pronounce shortstop (audio) \

Definition of shortstop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


noun (2)
\ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp How to pronounce short-stop (audio) \

Definition of short-stop (Entry 2 of 2)

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Ahmed remains one of the better, if not the best, defensive shortstops in the majors. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Dodgers’ Dave Roberts apologizes to Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray after postgame incident," 10 Aug. 2019 In 31 games, Berti has lined up at shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions. Wells Dusenbury,, "Jose Urena moving closer to return; Jon Berti making most of his opportunity with Marlins," 10 Aug. 2019 In 59 games with the Brewers, Pérez hit .235 with five homers and 11 RBI but reached base at just a .277 clip while starting games at shortstop, second base, third base and in right field. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Somewhat unexpectedly, popular utility man Hernán Pérez is back with the Brewers," 9 Aug. 2019 The 21-year-old Toronto Blue Jays shortstop — the son of Rockies great Dante Bichette — has a seven-game hit streak in his first seven days with the big club, with two home runs and five doubles. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Bo Bichette, former Rockies star Dante Bichette’s son, off to incredible start in Toronto," 5 Aug. 2019 The 25-year-old middle infielder is a good athlete with the ability to play shortstop, second base and in the outfield and at a minimum, the Giants view him as a solid super utility option. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "When will you see the Giants’ trade deadline acquisitions in the majors?," 2 Aug. 2019 From the Diamondbacks In the Mike Leake deal, the Mariners acquired soon to be 23-year-old Jose Caballero, an infielder who can play second base, shortstop, and third base., "Examining the Seattle Mariners’ moves at the MLB trade deadline," 2 Aug. 2019 The White Sox shortstop, playing his first game since June 25, found himself in that position in the ninth inning Tuesday night against the Mets. Lamond Pope,, "White Sox lose Yoan Moncada to a hamstring injury in the 1st inning, then lose 5-2 to the Mets in the 11th," 30 July 2019 The shortstop, who the Yankees signed this winter to be a super-utility infielder, was the steadiest bat in a constantly changing lineup and helped power them into the lead in the American League East. Kristie Ackert,, "Injured Yankees LeMahieu, Gardner could return this week," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of shortstop

Noun (1)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1936, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shortstop

baseball : the player who defends the area between second and third base


short·​stop | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp How to pronounce shortstop (audio) \

Kids Definition of shortstop

: a baseball infielder whose position is between second and third base

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