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BALLPLAYERS To the average baseball fan there are many different types of players There are pitchers catchers infielders and outfielders there are home run hitters contact hitters and speedsters but to someone who really loves and appreciates the game there are really only two kinds of baseball players those who are ballplayers and those who are not The tenth edition of the Merriam Websters Collegiate Dictionary defines ballplayer as a noun that means a person who plays ball especially a baseball player Under this definition everyone who played the game would be a ballplayer but this is very far from the truth What separates the ones who are ballplayers from those who are not Skill and ability have little to do with it A player does not have to be successful to be a ballplayer either Being a ballplayer does not take a high batting average a low ERA a World Series Championship or a multi-million dollar sports contract A ballplayers name is not necessarily known outside of the games inner circle or his teams hometown So what is a ballplayer A ballplayer can be described in many ways At the least he is an overachiever who makes the most out of himself by possessing a strong work ethic He is a hustler who is tough and gives his all every play of the game A ballplayer has a great feel for the game derived from countless hours of practice and countless innings of play He possesses great knowledge of the game of baseball He is a team player and he is a winner Ballplayers are not usually flashy They are dependable they love to play and they are the types of players coaches want on their team A believer in the value of a ballplayer is Jim Leyland one of the most respected coaches in the world He led a low budget Pittsburgh Pirate team to multi-divisional titles in the early nineties
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