bench warmer

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bench warmer

An athlete who does not get much playing time (usually because they are not very good or skilled). I'm just a bench warmer, so you won't see me out on the court much.
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bench warmer

n. a ballplayer who spends most of the game on the bench waiting to play; a second-rate player. You’ll never be anything but a bench warmer.
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benchwarmer

A person who is seldom or never active in an enterprise. Derived from the sports meaning of a player who rarely or never takes part in a game but is relegated to sitting on the bench, the term, which dates from the early 1900s, was almost immediately transferred to other circumstances. The sports meaning appeared in a 2006 film, The Benchwarmers, about three not very competent ballplayers.
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The early rounds of the Carabao Cup are usually seen as an opportunity to rest key men, give bench-warmers a run out and blood youngsters in an inconvenient contractual obligation fixture.
Tom McDade, Southampton, said: "A succession of Scottish managers have asked how our youngsters progress to the full international set-up when they are continually used as bench-warmers at their clubs.
The PS32.5million hitman's stock has fallen dramatically over the last five months and he has become one of the most expensive bench-warmers.
Far more of a shared vote and this category clearly split opinion with eight bench-warmers coming into contention.
Inserting two bench-warmers in the starting lineup and giving San Mig a look it has never seen in this playoff series, the Tropang Texters broke away in the second quarter to post a 112-86 win and cut down the Mixers' PBA Governors' Cup Final Four lead to 2-1 at the Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night.
underwater Having let regular bench-warmers Gael Kakuta and Patrick van Aanholt leave on loan this weekend, Chelsea now have just 19 fit outfield players who have experience of first-team football, many of them youngsters.
Having let regular bench-warmers Gael Kakuta and Patrick van Aanholt leave on loan this weekend, they now have just 19 fit outfield players who have experience of first-team football.
With a title and European glory in his sights,Wenger will happily raid the Emirates creche for a team once more while Redknapp, who also has Champions League commitments, will also be radical in his selection but his team, featuring bench-warmers like Alan Hutton, Robbie Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Giovani dos Santos, will have more topflight nous.
THE selection of such luminaries as Frank Fielding and Scott Loach, even as bench-warmers when England sought redemption against Hungary in midweek, must have hurt a few who have greatly served their time.
Is it just me or does five replacements seem an ample number of bench-warmers for our bosses to select from?
It's clearly not that easy to bring in players who won't become expensive bench-warmers, which is why Moyes is as well to dampen speculation now and allow the players he has available to get on with the outstanding job they have already done this season.
But that will change on Wednesday evening with Bluebirds boss Lennie Lawrence having decided to pitch Earnshaw in amongst the far less glamorous surroundings at Boston, along with other regular bench-warmers Leyton Maxwell and Des Hamilton.
Hansen said it is like that for every player, from Ichiro to the bench-warmers.
The Cottagers' selection plans depend on the fitness of two more likely bench-warmers, two of last season's goal-hungry strikers Luis Boa Morte (ankle) and Louis Saha (hamstring).
As a result, according to the government observers and federal managers I spoke with, too many of the best people left, and too many bench-warmers stuck around.