bonus baby

noun

Definition of bonus baby

: a baseball player given a large bonus to sign a first professional contract In one scene Miguel asks a teammate who is a multimillion-dollar bonus baby fresh out of Stanford what he would do if his baseball career were cut short.— Melissa Segura, Sports Illustrated, 6 Apr. 2009 specifically : one who signed under special rules that were sporadically in effect between 1947 and 1965 requiring that such a player be immediately added to a team's major-league roster for a period of time (such as one or two years) before being assigned to the minor leagues … it was June 25, 1953, and the Tigers were playing the Philadelphia Athletics at Connie Mack Stadium. Kaline was 18, a bonus baby straight out of high school. — Jeff Seidel, The Pioneer (Big Rapids, Michigan), 2 July 2012

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Bonus baby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bonus%20baby. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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