minor league


Definition of minor league

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

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

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He was reassigned to the minor league Colorado Eagles days afterward. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Pro hockey players Sonny Milano and A.J. Greer arrested for assault," 7 July 2019 Steven Duggar, considered the best of the homegrown crop, will be in the minor leagues until further notice. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "The Giants are fun again, and that’s half the battle," 5 July 2019 Austin Wynns is playing catcher in Baltimore, although he was sent down to the minor leagues. Pomerado News, "Bob Parry respected for teaching ‘the Poway way’," 3 July 2019 As the opt-out date of his minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians approached, Asher Wojciechowski and his wife, Alanna, began to contemplate what could be an ironic next step. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "New starter Asher Wojciechowski effective, but Orioles strike out 16 times in 6-3 loss to Rays," 2 July 2019 The starting pitcher and two-way player found success at every level, from Louisville to the minor leagues and now to his major league debut with Tampa Bay. Ryan Kolakowski, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville star Brendan McKay keeps his cool with the Tampa Bay Rays," 1 July 2019 De La Rosa had an opt-out built into his minor league contract at the end of the month. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Rubby De La Rosa on verge of departing Diamondbacks for Japan," 20 June 2019 Abad was 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 48 games with the Red Sox last year, became a free agent, agreed to a minor league contract with Philadelphia and was released March 21. Houston Chronicle, "Former Astros pitcher Fernando Abad suspended 80 games for steroid use," 8 June 2018 Lopez, who homered in each of his last four games with El Paso, was signed to a minor league contract in the offseason and made the Padres’ opening day roster as a third catcher. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres place Austin Hedges on DL, call up Raffy Lopez," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of minor league

1885, in the meaning defined above

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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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