major league

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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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major-league \ ˈmā-​jər-​ˈlēg How to pronounce major league (audio) \ adjective
major leaguer noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Correa led major league shortstops with a .995 fielding percentage, making just one error. Chron, "Correa, Astros reach deal on $11.7 million, 1-year contract," 6 Feb. 2021 Before that, the former major league pitcher spent five seasons as the Cleveland Indians' pitching coach. Greg Beacham, ajc, "Angels suspend Mickey Callaway after behavior allegations," 2 Feb. 2021 Any changes to the major league schedule are subject to agreement with the players' association per terms of their collective bargaining agreement. Jake Seiner, BostonGlobe.com, "Cactus League asks MLB to delay spring training due to COVID-19," 25 Jan. 2021 Riddle is the ninth former major league player signed to a minor league contract by the Twins during the offseason. Chris Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins sign former Marlin, Pirate JT Riddle to minor-league contract," 7 Jan. 2021 The Padres have one of the deepest minor-league systems and were able to retain left-hander MacKenzie Gore, one of the best major league prospects. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres engaged in trade talks for starting pitcher Yu Darvish," 28 Dec. 2020 The Philadelphia Phillies have selected former major league outfielder Sam Fuld to fill their vacant general manager position, the team announced Tuesday. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Phillies tab former major leaguer Sam Fuld as general manager," 22 Dec. 2020 The Week Sezment: MLB has elevated the Negro Leagues to major league status — including stats, as did the NFL and AFL. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: The vaccine(s) working tops this Christmas wish list," 19 Dec. 2020 They're being recognized finally as major league caliber ballplayers. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "The Negro Leagues are now part of official MLB stats. But don't expect major changes in the record books," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of major league

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Major league.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/major%20league. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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