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Postseason Rosters for MLB Playoff Teams

19 September, 2017

Postseason rosters for MLB playoff teams are chosen from the 40-man expanded roster which is set on August 31st each year. Prior to every postseason series, a manager must name his 25-man roster for that series, and that 25-man roster is picked from the 40-man expanded roster.  The only possibility of a change in the postseason roster can occur if there is an injury during the postseason series.  At that point, when the injure players is place on the DL, another player can be added to the p [...]

Minor League Baseball Realities

18 July, 2017

Minor League Baseball realities are far-removed from the Major League realities.  We recently wrote an article about the MLB Draft 2017: What Happens After the Draft, in which we detailed the signings of draftees and how they are then shipped off to various levels in the minor league systems. But what happens then? What is life like for a minor league baseball player? One thing we can say, with total certainty, is that it is not glamorous. Minor League baseball players, for instance, r [...]

2017 MLB Trade Deadline is Confusing This Year

11 July, 2017

2017 MLB Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching, and this may well be the most confusing year yet. Why? Because of the two wildcard berths available for the playoffs, and because of the league balance, especially in the American League, very few teams are “out of it” as July comes to a close.  In fact, in the American League, the team with the worst record is still only 7 ½ games out of a playoff berth.  In the National League there are five teams which could be considered out of it, [...]

MLB Draft 2017: What Happens After Signings

05 July, 2017

MLB Draft 2017 is now three weeks in the past. The smoke has cleared, the selections have been made, all eyes are again on the pennant races, but what happens to those who were drafted? We all hear about the selections, but does anyone really know what happens after those selections are made? What happens is the process of assigning signing bonuses based on each team’s limit, called a bonus pool, and the slot recommendations for each round of signings.  In other words, a second round draft [...]

MLB Draft 2017

13 June, 2017

MLB Draft 2017 is underway as thirty MLB teams draft players in forty rounds over the span of three days, June 12-14. When the dust settles on June 14th, 1200 high school players, college players, and foreign players will know what their baseball future holds, and MLB rosters will change drastically. For the third time in history, the Minnesota Twins hold the number one pick in the draft, and since the Twins only have one winning season in the past six years, this year’s selection is crucia [...]

MLB Player Relocations for May 20, 2017

23 May, 2017

MLB player relocations look something like this: It was a seemingly unimportant mention under the baseball transactions listed Saturday, May 20.  The world of sports was informed that the Arizona had traded RHP Enrique Burgos to Atlanta for cash considerations.  It also stated that Atlanta had acquired 1B Matt Adams from St. Louis for INF Juan Yepez and cash, and had transferred RHP Chaz Roe to the 60-day DL.  RHP Luke Jackson was also recalled from Gwinnett in minor league baseball. On [...]

Spring Training Update

28 March, 2017

Spring Training Update finds the MLB teams less than one week from the regular season.  The first games of the 2017 season begin on April 2nd with the following matchups: Yankees vs Rays Giants vs D-Backs Cubs vs Cardinals The following day, April 3rd, will find the remainder of the teams in action: Marlins vs Nationals Braves vs Mets Pirates vs Red Sox Rockies vs Brewers Blue Jays vs Orioles Tigers vs White Sox Royals vs Twins Phillies vs Reds Padres [...]

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 [...]

2017 MLB Spring Training Information

24 January, 2017

2017 MLB Spring Training Information is right here, all in one place, all the answers you need, so let’s get started. The first team to report to the 2017 spring training facilities is the Arizona D-Backs on February 13th.  All other teams follow suit on the 14th or 15th.  Pitchers and catchers report on the 13th, and their first workout is also on the 13th.  Full squads report on the 16th for the Diamondbacks and all other clubs on the 17th or 18th, and the first full squad workout will [...]