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ballplayer

[bawl-pley-er]
noun
1.
a person who plays ball professionally, especially baseball.
2.
anyone who plays ball.

Origin:
1610–20; ball1 + player

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ballplayer (ˈbɔːlˌpleɪə)
 
n
1.  a player, esp in soccer, with outstanding ability to control the ball
2.  (US), (Canadian) a baseball player, esp a professional

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