from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Sports Major-league.
- adj. Informal Prominent or important; major: a big-league politician; one of the big-league banks.
- adj. Informal Impressive or formidable: The nominee was subjected to big-league scrutiny.
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- adj. major-league
- adj. (by extension) large or important
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"When you're a former big-league player, you have to lose the players' respect," Leyland said.
When Evan Longoria signed a nine-year contract six games into his big-league career, the Tampa Bay Rays took on the biggest commitment ever made to an unproven prospect.
End 5, 2:29: Bryce Harper pinch-hit for Jayson Werth with one out and lashed an opposite-field to left, his big-league hit, off Pedro Beato.
And today, in his second spring training game, Harper moved on with his first hit on a big-league field, an opposite field single off of hard-throwing New York Mets right-handed reliever Pedro Beato.
His fellow coach on the team was Lawrence Columbus Davis, who had a brief big-league career.
Going into spring training, the focus was on Chamberlain and Hughes, starting pitchers the Yankees have shifted to the bullpen during their formative big-league seasons.
After his strong debut, he said he still harbors hopes of pitching so well this spring that he forces his way into the big-league rotation early.
"That's what I wanted, against big-league hitters to see how can I pitch?"
Banuelos might have been even better, cutting up the heart of the Detroit Tigers order Monday in his first taste of big-league hitters —getting All-Star Victor Martinez to ground out, then striking out Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge on curveballs.
After interviewing a slew of big-league drug-runners, Mr. Rastello, a reporter for Rome-based La Reppublica, has woven their stories together into the true-but-fictional memoir of a single, composite smuggler—though why such a figure would ever think of himself as "The Market," as opposed to someone who supplies goods to a market, Mr. Rastello never explains.