Highest level of minor league baseball
, one step away from the major league
s. Players at this level are constantly watching the major league club for signs of weakness
that will give them a shot
in the big-time. Two AAA leagues exist affiliated with the majors, the International League
and the Pacific Coast League
; the Mexican League
is AAA, but its teams are all independent
, with no major league affiliations.
It has to be an exquisite form of job-related torture to have your talent level fall somewhere between AAA ball and the majors -- a career full of Triple-A All Star Game appearances, but a .200 batting average in the bigs, is generally deemed a failure.