slug·​ger | \ˈslə-gər \

Definition of slugger 

: one that strikes hard or with heavy blows: such as

a : a prizefighter who punches hard but has usually little defensive skill

b : a hard-hitting batter in baseball

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Amid a disappointing regular season and speculation about his future in Washington, Nationals slugger Bryce Harper gave his fans one more reason to cheer Monday night, winning the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Bryce Harper wins Home Run Derby in home park," 16 July 2018 For now, the Cubs don’t have any other options besides Chatwood, who walked three on Friday but finished on a strong note by striking out slugger Christian Villanueva with the go-ahead run at third to end the fifth. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs' Tyler Chatwood ready to hit reset button after rough first half," 14 July 2018 Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar faces Philadelphia Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins in the opening round., "Harper headlines Home Run Derby field at Nationals Park," 11 July 2018 With some notable superstars declining their invitation, has the competition outgrown itself? Bryce Harper and Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Max Muncy will be competing in Monday's derby. Alec Romero, sacbee, "Only two sluggers have confirmed for next week's home run derby. What's going on?," 10 July 2018 Gurriel trails White Sox slugger Jose Abreu by 224,153 votes while Jose Ramirez holds a 761,532-vote lead over Bregman. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Jose Altuve still tops all-star voting," 2 July 2018 Not with four years and $90 million left on the streaky slugger’s contract. Mike Digiovanna,, "Three up, three down: What's trending in MLB," 30 June 2018 Visitors can step up to the plate themselves — head into the batting cages and grab a replica slugger model, or create a customized bat at the end of the tour. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Got kids? Here are the top 8 family-friendly activities in Louisville," 21 June 2018 Texas slugger Kody Clemens flashes a hook ’em sign at the Tennessee Tech dugout during his home run trot on Sunday. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Kody Clemens’ antics are good for Texas, great for the CWS," 13 June 2018

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of slugger

: a boxer who punches hard

baseball : a batter who hits many home runs


slug·​ger | \ˈslə-gər \

Kids Definition of slugger

: a boxer or baseball batter who hits hard

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