Does anyone know whether "batter" as in "batter up!" on a baseball field is a noun or a verb derived from a noun?
To test for its verbhood, you'd have to apply some verb-related tests. Can it have a tense ending attached to it, for example? But if "Batter up" is generally used as a command, then that test is not available.
If it is a noun, then can you provide other examples of the pattern Noun + up that are used as commands?
I've found some examples, such as
"it's time to batter up and play ball."
--from Google Books
"It’s time to batter up and make that homerun!"
--from a Realty One Group webpage
"...like Babe Ruth from a New York Yankees baseball match, we batter up and knock those curveballs right out of the park."
--from Google Books again
If this sort of sentence works, that'd be evidence for its verbhood.
I'd appreciate your help.