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MLB Off-Season Work Begins Now!

03 October, 2017

MLB off-season began last Sunday for twenty of the thirty MLB teams.  Ten lucky, and skilled, teams go on to the playoffs; twenty teams begin looking at the reasons why they are not attending the post-season party. Trades and deals cannot be made in Major League Baseball until the end of the World Series, but that does not mean serious planning is not happening.  By this time of the year teams have already identified their major weaknesses and needs.  They are fully aware of their shortcom [...]

Minor League Baseball

07 March, 2017

Minor League Baseball is somewhat unique in the world of professional sports.  Some would argue that college sports serve the same purpose for basketball and football, but in a truly organized hierarchy, minor league baseball stands alone. The purpose of the minor league system, of course, is player development and to prepare players for the major leagues.  Most of the minor league teams are independent businesses, something many people do not realize.  Minor league teams sign a letter of [...]

MLB Roster Rules

14 February, 2017

MLB roster rules are not as complicated as they appear to the baseball novice.  All this talk about 25-man rosters and 40-man rosters may seem confusing, but in reality this is pretty basic stuff. Baseball is, indeed, here.  In Arizona and Florida, pitchers and catchers have arrived in camp, and starting tomorrow, for most teams, the pitchers and catchers will begin their workouts in Spring Training 2017, all with their sights on April and the beginning of the 2017 MLB season. So, what i [...]

MLB’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement

20 December, 2016

MLB’S new collective bargaining agreement, recently signed and in effect through the year 2021, may not seem earth-shattering at first glance, but several changed items of importance will have wide-ranging effects on baseball for the next five years.  Let’s take a look at what’s new in the MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement. COMPETITIVE BALANCE TAX The current system called for an “overage tax” for any payrolls above $189 million. The MLB's new collective bargaining agr [...]

What Happens At Baseball Winter Meetings?

25 October, 2016

The Baseball Winter Meetings happen every winter during the offseason, usually the first week of December.  In 2016 the MLB Winter Meetings will occur on December 4-8 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.  Each year the location is in a different city, usually an MLB city. The Winter Meetings date back to 1876, the very first off-season of the National League, but they became an annual event starting in 1901. At the Winter Meetings, represen [...]

Baseball Playoff Rosters

13 September, 2016

With less than twenty regular season games remaining in the 2016 MLB season, you’ll hear a great deal of talk in coming days about teams setting their baseball playoff rosters, so we thought we would take a moment to explain this process. Baseball playoff roster eligibility is determined by the following criteria: Any player on the 25-man major league roster Any player on the disabled list Any players on the suspended list Any player on the bereavement leave list Any player [...]

Major League Baseball Important Winter Dates

05 November, 2015

The NFL Trade Deadline came and went without so much as a sniff at a major trade, so now we turn our attention to Major League Baseball, where there promises to be much more activity in the month of December.  Historically, MLB is quite active during the winter leading up to the Spring Training start in February.  With a number of new general managers and more new managers, this should prove to be an interesting off-season for MLB. Here are a few dates worth noting: November 18-19 O [...]