a person who plays ball professionally, especially baseball.
anyone who plays ball.

Origin of ballplayer

First recorded in 1610–20; ball1 + player Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a player, esp in soccer, with outstanding ability to control the ball
US and Canadian a baseball player, esp a professional
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Word Origin and History for ballplayer

mid-15c., from ball (n.1) + player.

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