Thursday, November 06, 2008

Dates to Watch This Off-Season

Earlier this week, I received an interesting email from Don, a devoted Mighty Quinn Media Machine reader and Red Sox fan. He sent me the complete off-season schedule for the Red Sox and MLB, which includes the dates for the awards, reporting dates for 2009, etc. (The exact day for Truck Day in February is still to be determined.)

So here it is (Thanks Don):

November 2008

Nov. 3-6
: General managers meetings, Dana Point, Calif.
Nov. 5-6: Rawlings 2008 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced
Nov. 7: 2008 Red Sox Hall of Fame Induction Gala; Inductees include Mo Vaughn, Bill Lee, Frank Sullivan, Mike Greenwell, and more
Nov. 10: AL and NL Rookie of the Year award winners announced
Nov. 11: NL Cy Young award winner announced
Nov. 12: AL and NL Manager of the Year award winners announced
Nov. 13: AL Cy Young award winner announced
Nov. 14: Free agents are free to sign with any team
Nov. 17: NL Most Valuable Player award winner announced
Nov. 18: AL Most Valuable Player award winner announced
Nov. 20: Day to file reserve lists for all minor league levels and
major leagues

December 2008

Dec. TBD: Tickets for early-season Red Sox games go on sale;
Christmas at Fenway ticket event
Dec. 1: Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their
former players who became ranked free agents in order to be eligible
for compensation
Dec. 7: Last day for free agents to accept an arbitration offer from
former team
Dec. 8-11: Winter meetings, Las Vegas
Dec. 8: Hall of Fame Veterans Committee vote announced
Dec. 11: Rule 5 Draft
Dec. 12: Last day for teams to offer 2009 contracts to unsigned players

January 2009

Jan 5-15: Arbitration filing period
Jan. TBD: Boston Baseball Writers 2009 Awards Dinner
Jan. 19 or 20: Exchange of arbitration figures
Jan. TBD: Tickets for the bulk of 2009 Red Sox home games go on sale

February 2009

Feb. TBD: Truck Day
Feb. 1-21: Arbitration hearings period
Feb. TBD: Red Sox pitchers and catchers report; physicals; first
workout; remainder of team reports; physicals; first full-squad workout
Feb. 14-22: Mandatory reporting dates; deadlines vary depending on
whether players are competing in the World Baseball Classic
Feb. 25: Red Sox spring training games begin

March 2009

March 2-11: Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players
March 5: Second World Baseball Classic begins (Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan)
March 18: Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers
and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days
March 23: Second World Baseball Classic championship game (Dodger
Stadium, Los Angeles)

April 2009

April 1: Last Red Sox spring training game
April 1: Last day to request unconditional release waivers without
having to pay players' full 2008 salary
April 5: MLB Opening Day; active rosters reduced to 25 players
April 6: Opening Day at Fenway vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

No comments: