slug·​ger | \ ˈslə-gər How to pronounce slugger (audio) \

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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The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner walked two batters in the first inning, and center fielder Jake Marisnick made a diving catch on a sacrifice fly by slumping slugger Giancarlo Stanton., "Severino Overpowers Astros With 11 Ks As Yankees Win, 5-3," 30 May 2018 The Phillies haven't had a winning season since 2011, but now have added veteran slugger Carlos Santana, Arrieta and quality relievers to a young nucleus that could show considerable improvement over last season's 66-96 mark. Rob Maaddi, Houston Chronicle, "AP sources: Free agent ace Jake Arrieta, Phillies reach 3-year deal," 11 Mar. 2018 After the defense turned a double play behind him in the fourth, Wood fanned slugger Edwin Encarnacion to end his outing. Andy Mccullough,, "Wood, after strong 2017 season, appears slated to follow Kershaw in Dodgers rotation," 9 Mar. 2018 Pro wrestling icon Ric Flair visits Marlins Park Wrestling legend Ric Flair talks about Wrestling Night at Marlins Park on Friday night and praises Marlins sluggers Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour. Mark Price, miamiherald, "Ric Flair proudly announces daughter’s engagement. No, it's not Charlotte. | Miami Herald," 18 Jan. 2018 Most Read Sports Stories Profar batted fifth Monday behind slugger Khris Davis. Michael Wagaman, The Seattle Times, "Frankie Montas parlays new pitch into spot in A’s rotation," 25 Mar. 2019 Aspiring sluggers spend half of each session clobbering the bags, the other half executing strength exercises using body weight, dumbbells and lighter brass knuckle weights ($36/class, $3 to rent gloves, Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "Why Boxing Is the Best Workout of 2019," 16 Jan. 2019 Only six switch hitters, including Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle, have ever hit more than 350 home runs. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Lost Art of Switch Hitting," 24 July 2018 Former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will join Francesa in his traditional afternoon drive time slot on sports talk station WFAN. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Alex Rodriguez to join Mike Francesa in radio icon's return to airwaves," 30 Apr. 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 How to pronounce slugger (audio) \

Kids Definition of slugger

: a boxer or baseball batter who hits hard

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