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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His teammates then cleared the dugout to join the slugger for an on-field celebration. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Albert Pujols becomes 32nd player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits," 5 May 2018 Edwin Encarnacion, a slugger for the Indians not a speedster, legged out an inside the park home run this week in Anaheim. Michael K. Mcintyre,, "Gary Gulman brings headlines Hilarities, Jay Leno is at Playhouse Square and tickets go on sale for Arsenio Hall at Hard Rock Live in August," 5 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, two young sluggers are a 90-minute car ride away, playing ball in Sacramento. Scott Ostler,, "Giants may need a changing of the guard: Pence/Jackson out, Slater/Duggar in," 20 June 2018 The Yankees tested it out with the image and likeness of sluggers Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and closer Aroldis Chapman in Blue Point Beer. Chris Chavez,, "Yankees Not Allowed To Use Player Faces In Beer Foam Art," 28 Mar. 2018 Chase Utley hit five homers for the Phillies, tying the World Series record held by Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson. Ed Barkowitz,, "Vince Velasquez up first as Phillies get rare visit from Yankees," 25 June 2018 On Monday, the now-Yankees slugger got his revenge against the now-Tigers pitcher. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Giancarlo Stanton avenged his 2014 injury with an epic bat flip and staredown," 4 June 2018 Also in ’55, a soon-to-be Yankees slugger named Roger Maris hit .292 with 19 homers at Reading in the same league. Richard Rosenblatt, New York Times, "A Baseball Binge With Small-Town Charm," 1 June 2018 The golf course estate of Brian Giles has sold for $6 million in San Diego, the city where the former slugger spent seven seasons with the Padres. Jack Flemming,, "Former Major Leaguer Brian Giles catches $6 million for San Diego digs," 22 May 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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