major league

noun

Definition of major league

1 : a league of highest classification in U.S. professional baseball broadly : a league of major importance in any of various sports

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Other Words from major league

major-league adjective
major leaguer noun

Synonyms for major league

Synonyms

big league(s), big time, big(s)

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Examples of major league in a Sentence

when you've landed a tenure-track position at that university, you're playing in the major leagues

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The fastball is, as its name implies, the fastest pitch in major league baseball, reaching speeds in excess of 100 MPH, and ideally arriving at the strike zone before the batter can react. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics can explain the fastball’s unexpected twist, new study finds," 23 Nov. 2018 On Opening Day in 2015, Fenway—major league baseball’s oldest stadium—introduced fans to an unexpected feature that’s a different kind of green: a 5,000-square-foot rooftop farm. National Geographic, "From Historic to Cutting Edge: Revitalizing Iconic Buildings," 25 May 2018 The last time a major league team needed multiple position players to throw two or more innings in a game was on July 22, 1945, when the Philadelphia Phillies had Rene Monteagudo and Jimmie Foxx pitch a combined 6 1/3 innings. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Shelby Miller hurt again as Diamondbacks are trounced," 11 July 2018 Moments after the second day of the draft concluded, Holtz, a senior at Arrowhead, left no doubt as to why his name has been included among the players from the state that could hear their name called by a major league team. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arrowhead's Jeff Holtz waits out the MLB draft by hitting homer, clinching a state berth," 6 June 2018 By last August, Kloffenstein had been contacted by every major league team and earned a spot on the Team USA roster. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "TCU signee Adam Kloffenstein could face life-changing decision on first day of the MLB draft," 4 June 2018 Last month, the Chicago White Sox became the first major league baseball team to ban plastic straws. Greg Trotter, ajc, "McDonald’s will keep using plastic straws, but is studying alternatives," 28 May 2018 Fagan was trying to position the Seals to become a major league team, but his hopes were dashed when the New York Giants moved to San Francisco. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the depths of the Depression, SF had the best ballpark in the country," 12 May 2018 The Red Sox established themselves as the best team in the major leagues all year long and haven’t slowed down in October, largely bludgeoning the competition. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Red Sox Extend World Series Lead, Beating Dodgers in Game 4," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of major league

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of major league was in 1888

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