2014-15 Off Season Baseball calendar
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MLB 2014-15 Off season/inseason Key Dates (all are one day "earlier" than 2013)
All Awards summarized here -->
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2012/index.jsp
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red = estimated date
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blue == known dateBold/Italic = award related
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DateEventWinners/notes/Nats Specific Impact this off-season
URL if applicable: updated for 2014/15 as needed
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9/28/2014Last day of regular season
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9/30/2014Beginning of 2014 Post season (NL WC game)http://m.mlb.com/postseason-schedule
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9/30/2014End of Year BBWAA award ballots due (prior to beginning of post season)Some Nats with possibilities of being mentioned in later-stage MVP and Cy Young votinghttp://bbwaa.com/voting-faq/
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10/20/2014Sporting News Comeback Players of the Year AL and NLChris Young, Casey McGehee
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2014-10-20/mlb-awards-2014-comeback-player-of-year-chris-young-mariners-casey-mcgehee-marlins
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10/20/2014Sporting News Rookies of the Year AL and NLJose Abreu, Jacob deGrom
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2014-10-20/mlb-awards-2014-american-league-rookie-of-the-year-jose-abreu-white-sox?iadid=Home_DL_2
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10/21/2014Sporting News Managers of the Year AL and NLMatt Williams, Mike Scoscia
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2014-10-21/mlb-awards-2014-manager-of-the-year-mike-scioscia-matt-williams
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10/22/2014Sporting News All Star Teams of the yearRendon selected to NL team
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2014-10-22/sporting-news-national-league-all-star-team-clayton-kershaw-photos
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10/23/2014Sporting News Player of the Year, MLBClayton Kershaw
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2012-10-25/mlb-player-of-year-all-time-list-history-sporting-news/slide/2
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10/23/2014Gold Glove finalists announcedSpan, LaRoche finalists
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/99380188/gold-glove-awards-finalists-revealed
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10/24/2014Roberto Clemente Award givenJimmy Rollins, Paul Konerko
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/99494392/jimmy-rollins-paul-konerko-named-winners-of-roberto-clemente-award
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10/25/2014Hank Aaron Awards givenMike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton winners
http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/25/mike-trout-giancarlo-stanton-win-the-hank-aaron-award/
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10/29/2014Last actual day of 2014 World Series; official end of 2014 season
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10/30/2014Hall of Fame "Veterans Committee" releases ballot.
http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/30/10-nominees-for-hall-of-fames-veterans-committee-announced/
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10/30/2014 (WS end + 1)MLB Coaches contracts expire
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10/30/2014 (WS end + 1)MLB announces nominees for GIBBYs
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2014/gibbys/
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10/30/2014 (WS end + 1)Official start of FA period (8am CST the day after the last game of the WS)
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10/31/2014Fielding Bible Awards givenposted online one day before Bill James' handbook hits the press on 11/1 each year.http://www.fieldingbible.com/
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11/1/14 (WS end + 3)Team and player options must be decided three days after the end of the World Series.Soriano, LaRoche, Span have options; we took Spans, declined others as expected.
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11/3/2014 (WS end + 5)Clubs have to re-set their 40-man rosters, moving all 60-day DL players back to active.Ohlendorf released, others just re-added as expected
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11/3/2014 (WS end + 5)5pm: Deadline to make Qualifying offers for your own FAs (average of top 125 salaries or $15.3M for 2014). 5 days after end of WSNo Nats offered QO
http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11659588/qualifying-offer-mlb-free-agents-set-153m
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11/3/2014 (WS end + 5)End of "Quiet Period." Teams have "exclusive" negotiating rights with their own free agents during this period.
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11/3/2014 (WS end + 5)5 days after WS ends: Free agent filing period and exclusive negotiating window ends at 12:01 a.m. ET. Free agents can sign with any team.
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11/3/2014 (WS end + 5)Free Agency granted to all eligible Minor League free agents (5 days after the end of the WS). Eligibility done on service time; 6 years ML service for college draftees or 7 years ML service for HS draftees or free agents under the age of 18.
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2013/11/minor-league-free-agents-2014/
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11/3/14MLBPA announces "Players Choice" awards: Player of the year, Comeback Player of the year, etc
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2255000-mlb-players-choice-awards-2014-results-winners-and-twitter-reaction
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11/4/2014Rawlings AL & NL Gold Glove AnnouncementsSpan, LaRoche finalists but not winners
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/100537486/royals-os-lead-gold-glove-field-with-3-each
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11/5/14BBWAA Award Nominees announced on MLB networks
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/63688212/bbwaa-awards-finalists-to-be-announced-tonight-exclusively-on-mlb-network
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11/5/14Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards, given by MLB to best defensive player on each club.See overall winners, not per-club. Change from 2013?
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2257638-mlb-defensive-player-of-the-year-2014-awards-al-and-nl-winners-and-reaction
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11/6/14Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger AwardsDesmond, Rendon winners
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2014-11-06/mlb-awards-silver-slugger-trout-mccutchen-abreu-bumgarner-altuve
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11/7/2014MLB Comeback Players of the Year AL and NLChris Young, Casey McGehee winners
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/100813062/casey-mcgehee-chris-young-are-comeback-players-of-the-year
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11/10/14 - 11/13/14GM Meetings, Phoenix, AZ for 2014
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11/10/2014Sporting News Executive of the Year announced(given at beginning of GM meetings): Dan Duquette for 2014.
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2014-11-10/sporting-news-names-dan-duquette-mlb-executive-of-year-orioles
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11/10/14 (WS end + 12)12 Days after WS ends: Players must accept or reject Qualifying Options by 5pm todayNo Nats offered QO
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11/12/14 - 11/18/14NPB Japan World Series(why is this on the MLB calendar?)
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11/10/2014AL, NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year AwardsAbreu, DeGrom winnershttp://bbwaa.com/
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11/11/2014AL and NL Manager of the YearMatt Williams winner, along with Showalterhttp://bbwaa.com/
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11/12/2014AL and NL Cy YoungKershaw, Kluber. Zimmerman, Fister and Strasburg get some voteshttp://bbwaa.com/
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11/13/2014AL and NL Most Valuable Player5th place finish for Rendon, highest everhttp://bbwaa.com/
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11/19/2014Owner Meetings, Kansas City for 2014
http://www.usnews.com/news/sports/articles/2014/11/19/big-deals-on-minds-of-owners-during-mlb-meetings
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11/20/2014Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels. In other words, Last day to add players to 40-man to protect them from the Rule5 DraftCole, Goodwin, Skole, Difo, Grace biggest names to consider
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Nov 26th, 2014Hall of Fame Ballot for 2014 class officially releasedhttp://bbwaa.com/
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Nov ?, 2014Rolaids Relief Man Announcedwww.rolaidsreliefman.com website down
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12/2/14Midnight: Deadline for teams to Tender contracts to arbitration eligible players and/or unsigned players. If not tendered, those players immediately become free agents. This is the non-tender deadline for arbitration eligible playersNats have 11 arb-eligible players for 2015
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Dec 3rd, 2014Baseball America announces its Executive of the Year
http://www.baseballamerica.com/majors/executive-of-the-year-oaklands-billy-beane/
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Dec 5th, 2014Last date to request outright waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft
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12/8/14 - 12/11/14Winter Meetings, San Diego, CA
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12/8/14Hall of Fame "Golden Era" (1947-1972) vote announced, San diego
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Dec 9th, 2014Last date to outright a player prior to Rule 5 Draft
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Dec 9th, 2014Hall of Fame "Veterans Committee" officially announces the results of its voting
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Dec 9th, 2014MLB announces winners of 21 "GIBBY" awards (greatness in Baseball yearly awards)
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2013/gibbys/
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Dec 10th, 2014J.G. Taylor Spink Award voting results announced
http://baseballhall.org/awards/j-g-taylor-spink/2013-j-g-taylor-spink-award-winner-paul-hagen
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12/11/2014Rule 5 Draft. Occurs at Winter meetings
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Dec 13th, 2014MLB Balloting results announced for Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting
http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2013/december/rangers-broadcaster-eric-nadel-is-the-2014-ford-c-frick-award-winner.html
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Dec 31st, 2014Deadline for BBWAA ballots for Hall of Fame voting.
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Jan 8th, 2015Hall of Fame BBWAA voting announced; the Hall of Fame class of 2015
http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10261922/baseball-hall-fame-class-2014-announced
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1/13/2015Salary arbitration filing Date
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1/16/2015Salary arbitration figures exchanged (1pm)
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2/1/15 - 2/21/15Salary arbitration hearings (actual hearing date per player picked at random), Phoenix AZ
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Feb 13th, 2015Nats Mandatory Spring Training reporting date for Pitchers, Catchers, Injured players
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/01/07/nationals-pitchers-and-catchers-will-report-feb-13/
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Feb 20th, 2015Mandatory Spring Training reporting date for position players
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Feb 28th, 2015First Spring Training Game for the Nats
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/was/nationals-announce-2014-spring-training-schedule?ymd=20131106&content_id=63740032&vkey=news_was
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Mar 2-11th, 2015Contracts of unsigned players who are not yet eligible for Arbitration may be renewed
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March 13th, 2015Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
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March 27th, 2015Deadline to request unconditional release waivers without having to pay the player's full salary or $100k bonus for certain types of veterans
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March 31st, 20152015 Season Opener; Opening Day 2015; active rosters must be reduced to 25 players and 40-man rosters must be established
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/was/nationals-announce-2014-spring-training-schedule?ymd=20131106&content_id=63740032&vkey=news_was
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4/5/2015Opening Night 2015: Teams tbd
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4/6/2015Nats Opening Day 2015Nats vs Mets, start time TBD
http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/schedule/sortable.jsp?c_id=was&year=2015
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