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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Example sentences
Each week new material will be covered bringing your ballplayer to their
  highest level.
The basic principles he will describe can improve any ballplayer's swing, as
  well as their understanding of science.
For instance, it could let viewers call up stats on a ballplayer during the
  game or view a recipe from a cooking show.
For instance, it could let viewers viewers call up stats on a ballplayer during
  the game or view a recipe from a cooking show.
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