minor league


Definition of minor league 

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

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Streaking on the farm Three Orioles prospects on Thursday extended long hitting streaks as their clubs came out of the minor league All-Star break. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Streaky Beckham seeking 'a little more consistency'; Yacabonis on track for Sunday start," 13 July 2018 Giles has not pitched in the minor leagues since before his Phillies debut in 2014. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros demote reliever Ken Giles to Fresno," 12 July 2018 Chris Martin couldn’t have asked for a better stay in the minor leagues. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Rangers notes: Chris Martin returns from brief minor league stint," 4 July 2018 Rather than use a more traditional assignment in the minor leagues, the Angels opted to have Ohtani work out in private and then resume playing in games with them. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Shohei Ohtani returns to lineup but Angels offense does little in 4-1 loss," 4 July 2018 Luis Escobar pitched in the 2017 Futures Game but is still in the lower levels of minor league baseball. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Mitch Keller excited to represent Indianapolis Indians in Futures Game," 13 July 2018 Bryant joined the Cubs after going 2-for-6 in two games on a minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Kris Bryant, Javier Baez hit HRs, Cubs-Giants tied at 4 in 12th," 11 July 2018 That appearance, in lieu of a minor league rehabilitation assignment, was intended to last three innings, but the Chicago Cubs chased Buehler after one. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Max Muncy wouldn't mind having his plans for the All-Star break disrupted," 30 June 2018 Wochit Jordan Zimmermann’s minor league injury rehabilitation assignment will head to Grand Rapids. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Jordan Zimmermann hoping game with Whitecaps is final rehab start," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of minor league

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of minor league was in 1885

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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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