Thursday, October 30, 2008

dates to remember

I plagarized this list of important dates from Thank you, MLB.

Oct. 30 - Nov. 13: Free-agency filing period, which began with the last out of the World Series and lasts for 15 days.

Nov. 3-6: General Managers Meetings, Dana Point, Calif.

Nov. 5-18: Awards weeks. [American League Gold Glove Team (Nov. 5) through the AL Most Valuable Player (Nov. 18)]

Nov. 20: Deadline for clubs to file Minor League and Major League reserve lists -- players protected from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.

Dec. 1: Deadline for clubs to offer salary arbitration to their ranked free agents -- who then will have six days to decided whether to accept or decline.

Dec. 5: The executive board of the players union holds its annual meeting, in Orlando, Fla.

Dec. 7: Deadline for free agents to accept their 2008 clubs' arbitration offer.

Dec. 8-11: Winter Meetings, Las Vegas, Nev.

Dec. 8: Announcement of the latest voting results by the Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee, on-site at the Winter Meetings.

Dec. 11: Rule 5 Draft.

Early December: Hall of Fame ballot blast.

Dec. 12: Deadline to offer contracts to rostered players

Jan. 5 (unconfirmed): Announcement of Hall of Fame election results, traditionally made at the beginning of the new year's first full week.

Jan. 5-15: Filing period for players eligible for salary arbitration.

Jan. 19: Players and management representatives formally exchange salary figures filed for arbitration.

Feb. 1-21: Salary arbitration hearings, Phoenix.

Feb. 14, 17: Spring Training reporting dates for position players, pitchers on World Baseball Classic rosters.

Feb. 22: Mandatory reporting date for non-World Baseball Classic players.

Tom Singer is a reporter for