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Key Dates:
Currently thru Veteran's Day- Free Agency filing period- during this time players eligible can file for free agency and or try to re-sign with their 2004 teams
Nov. 12- 1st day free agents may sign with teams other than their own
Nov 9-12- GM Meetings, Key Biscayne, FLA
Nov. 11-New waiver period begins
Nov. 19-Reserve lists filed for all Minor and Major league teams
Dec. 7-Last date for former club of player who declared free agency to offer salary arbitration. If club does not offer, then it loses all rights to negotiate with and sign the free agent until May 1st of the next season
Dec. 10-13- Winter Meetings in Anaheim
Dec. 13- Major League Rule V draft
Dec. 19-Last date for player, who declared free agency, to accept an arbitration offer of former club. If player rejects offer to go to arbitration, his former club may still negotiate with and sign him until January 8th of next season
Dec. 20-Last day to tender contracts
Jan 5-15- Salary Arb. filing period
Jan. 8- Last day for Free Agent players who rejected arb. offers, to re-sign with their former team until May 1st
Jan. 18- Salary Arb. figures exchanged
Feb. 1-21- Salary Arb. Hearings thruout the league
Feb. 19- Voluntary report date to Spring Training for pitchers, catchers and rehabbing players
Feb. 24- Voluntary report date for all players
March 2-11- Teams can renew contracts of un-signed protected players (less than 3 years experience and were not arb. eligible)
March 2- Mandatory Spring Training report date; games begin
March 16-  Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days
March 30- Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2005 salary
April 4- Opening Day, all Active roster must be set to 25 players
July 12- All-Star Game in Detroit at Comerica Park

Major League Baseball:
Major League Baseball Official Information
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
245 Park Avenue, 31st floor
New York, NY 10167
(212) 931-7800


Official Site:

Official Schedules:

Official Rules:

Alan H. "Bud" Selig
Under contract through 2006
Owners can extend contract through 2009, and probably will
Sandy Alderson
Exec. VP of Baseball Operations
Bob Watson
Disciplinarian Czar- Director of MLB on-field operations


Bob DuPuy
President and COO
Rob Manfred
Exec. VP
Donald Fehr
Player's Association Chief
Tom Bronsan
MLB executive VP of business operations
Rich Levin
MLB Spokesperson
Gene Orza
COO of the MLBPA
 Michael Wiener- General Counsel of the MLBPA
Jeff Fannel- Asst. General Counsel of the MLBPA

Major League Baseball Sponsorship, Advertising and Liscensing Deals:
XM Satellite Radio- cover every MLB game on radio, some also in Spanish and English- will also have MLB 24-Hour Radio Network- deal was signed on 10/20/04 and is worth 650M for 11 years starting in 2005 thru 2015
ESPN Radio- broadcast Sunday Night Baseball games and various games throughout the season, as well as all of the postseason- deal signed on 10/21/04 thru 2010 season
More Coming soon

Baseball Writer's Association of America (BBWAA):
Following were named to their positions for the 2004-2005 season on 10/28/04:
T.R. Sullivan of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram was elected president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and Peter Schmuck of The Sun in Baltimore was elected vice president.

Jack O'Connell of The Hartford Courant was re-elected BBWAA secretary-treasurer at Wednesday's meeting before Game 4 of the World Series.

Appointed to board of directors were Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Dan Knobler of Detroit's Booth Newspaper Group and outgoing president Drew Olson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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