A Look at the Offseason Schedule
With a full count fastball from Brian Wilson to Buster Posey, blowing past a swinging Nelson Cruz, the 2010 baseball season officially came to a close last night as the San Francisco Giants won their first World Series since moving from New York in the 1950s. Congratulations go out to the Giants on their accomplishment. The moment marks the end of the season and the furthest point from live baseball’s return. So let’s take a look at the offseason schedule and how things are going to progress until Opening Day – which is scheduled for March 31, 2011.
Free Agent Filing Period – Shortened to the five days following the World Series, this is when eligible free agents may submit the necessary paperwork for file for free agency. Perhaps due to the shortened period, almost immediately after the game ended last night there were 142 players to file.
November 10 – AL and NL Gold Glove Awards announced.
November 15 – AL and NL Silver Slugger Awards announced.
November 16 – AL and NL Jackie Robinson Awards (Rookie of the Year) announced.
November 16 – NL Cy Young Award announced.
November 16-17 – AL and NL Manager of the Year Awards announced.
November 17-18 – General Manager’s Meetings, Orlando, Florida
November 18 – Owners Meetings, Orlando, Florida
November 22 – AL Cy Young Award announced.
November 23 – AL and NL Most Valuable Player Awards announced.
November 23 – Last day for teams to offer arbitration to eligible free agents.
November 30 – Last day for players to accept or reject arbitration offers.
December 2 – Last day for teams to tender contracts.
December 6-9 – Winter Meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
January 5-15 – Salary arbitration filing period.
February 1-21 – Salary arbitration hearings (if necessary).
February 13 – Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.
February 18 – All other players report to Spring Training.
As you can see, we have the makings of a busy few months ahead of us this winter. In many instances, the offseason can be quite interesting as rumors swirl and transactions are made to shape rosters for next year and the future beyond. There’s going to be plenty to discuss and analyze which is what can make baseball’s offseason so much fun to fans like myself. So, while I may be longing for an actual game to watch over the next 4+ months there should at least be plenty to write about.