minor league


Definition of minor league

: a league of professional clubs in a sport other than the recognized major leagues

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Other Words from minor league

minor-league \ ˈmī-​nər-​ˈlēg How to pronounce minor league (audio) \ adjective

Examples of minor league in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For some, walking through the gates at Toyota Field this season for a Trash Pandas minor league baseball game will be more about the food than about the baseball. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 2 May 2021 The minor league season starts in less than one week. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 28 Apr. 2021 Taking into account last year’s minor league season that was lost as a result of COVID-19, and that could be nearly three years without normal game competition for a pitcher who is still developing. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Apr. 2021 Control was always an issue for a player who once walked 16 batters in a minor league game. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2021 Detmers, 21, hasn’t played a minor league game yet, but developed by facing triple-A and MLB-caliber hitters at the alternate site. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2021 Wayne Terwilliger got his first R.B.I. in professional baseball when he was beaned with the bases loaded in a 1948 minor league game. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2021 Not long after that one-off IRL run, Shank built a team in Formula Atlantic, a series previously utilized as a minor league of sorts to groom talent into IndyCar-caliber race car drivers. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 1 June 2021 Sample Americana at its finest with a minor league Louisville Bats baseball game right next to the Park in dazzling Louisville Slugger Field. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of minor league

1885, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2021

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“Minor league.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minor%20league. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of minor league

: a professional baseball league that is not one of the major leagues also : a league of lesser importance in another sport (such as hockey or football)

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