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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 [...]

MLB Free Agents: The Top Ten Remaining

17 January, 2017

MLB Free Agents: The Top Ten Remaining is, of course, a purely subjective pursuit.  Those players I believe to be the top ten may not be the same you would choose, and anyone who has ever been a part of a water cooler debate knows this to be true.  Still, it makes for some interesting discussions, so let’s go with these ten and let the debates begin. Time is running out, of course.  Spring Training 2017 begins next month, and there is still a plethora of talent out there ready to be gobb [...]

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 [...]

Baseball Winter Meetings Begin

06 December, 2016

Baseball Winter Meetings begin this week in Washington D.C., and the events happening during this week will greatly affect a number of MLB teams. One week of the MLB and the MLBPA agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement, good through 2021, it is now time for the Annual Baseball Winter Meetings. Events happening this week include the PBEO Job Fair, an opportunity for job seekers to meet with team representatives and even interview for any jobs available.  Hey, most of these jobs ar [...]

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 [...]

MLB Free Agency Classifications

30 August, 2016

Let’s continue our talk about MLB Free Agency Classifications because, quite frankly, it can be a bit confusing for many sports fans. Prior to November, 2011, MLB free agents were classified as either Type A, Type B, or unclassified free agents.  Type A free agents were in the top 20% of all players based on the previous two seasons.  Type B free agents were those in the next 20%, and unclassified free agents were those remaining in the bottom 60% of players. Teams that lost a Type A f [...]