2008-’09 Red Sox and MLB calendar

Taking a quick look at some dates of note on the Red Sox and MLB calendar this offseason.

October 2008

  • Oct. 26 — Hank Aaron Award winners announced: Kevin Youkilis, AL; Aramis Ramirez, NL
  • Free agent filing period: first 15 days after World Series ends

    November 2008

  • Nov. 3-6 — General managers meetings, Dana Point, Calif.
  • Nov. 5 — Rawlings 2008 NL Gold Glove Award winners announced: P Greg Maddux (SD-LAD), C Yadier Molina (STL), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (SD), 2B Brandon Phillips (CIN), 3B David Wright (NYM), SS Jimmy Rollins (PHI), OF Nate McLouth (PIT), Carlos Beltran (NYM) and Shane Victorino (PHI)
  • Nov. 6 — Rawlings 2008 AL Gold Glove Award winners announced: P Mike Mussina (NYY), C Joe Mauer (MIN), 1B Carlos Pena (TB), 2B Dustin Pedroia (BOS), 3B Adrian Beltre (SEA), SS Michael Young (TEX), OF Torii Hunter (LAA), OF Ichiro Suzuki (SEA), OF Grady Sizemore (CLE)
  • Nov. 7 — 2008 Red Sox Hall of Fame Induction Gala; Inductees: Mo Vaughn, Bill Lee, Frank Sullivan, Mike Greenwell, Wes Ferrell, Everett Scott, George Digby, and the late Edward Kenney, Sr.
  • Nov. 10 — AL and NL Rookie of the Year award winners announced: 1B Evan Longoria (TAM-AL); Geovany Soto (CHC-NL)
  • Nov. 11 — NL Cy Young award winner announced: SP – Tim Lincecum (SFG)
  • Nov. 12 — AL and NL Manager of the Year award winners announced: Joe Maddon (TAM-AL); Lou Piniella (NL-CHC)
  • Nov. 13 — 2008 Louisville Slugger “Silver Slugger” award winners announced: American League: 1B – Justin Morneau (MIN); 2B – Dustin Pedroia, (BOS); 3B – Alex Rodriguez, (NYY); SS – Derek Jeter, (NYY); OF – Josh Hamilton, (TEX); OF – Carlos Quentin, (CHW); OF – Grady Sizemore (CLE); C – Joe Mauer, (MIN); DH – Aubrey Huff, (BAL). National League: 1B – Albert Pujols, (STL); 2B – Chase Utley, (PHI); 3B – David Wright, (NYM); SS – Hanley Ramirez, (FLA); OF – Matt Holliday, (COL); OF – Ryan Ludwick, (STL); OF – Ryan Braun, (MIL); C – Brian McCann, (ATL); DH – Carlos Zambrano, (CHC)
  • Nov. 13 — AL Cy Young award winner announced: SP – Cliff Lee (CLE)
  • Nov. 14 — The first day teams can sign any free agent
  • Nov. 17 — NL Most Valuable Player award winner announced: 1B – Albert Pujols (STL)
  • Nov. 18 — AL Most Valuable Player award winner announced: 2B – Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
  • Nov. 20 — Day to file reserve lists for all minor league levels and major leagues

    December 2008

  • Dec. TBD: Tickets for early-season Red Sox games go on sale
  • Dec. 1 — Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became ranked free agents in order to be eligible for compensation
  • Dec. 1 — Hall of Fame candidates announced
  • Dec. 6 — Red Sox spring training games at City of Palms Park go on sale
  • Dec. 7 — Last day for free agents to accept an arbitration offer from former team
  • Dec. 8 — Hall of Fame Veterans Committee voting announced
  • Dec. 8-11 — Winter meetings, Las Vegas
  • Dec. 11 — Rule 5 Draft
  • Dec. 12 — Last day for teams to offer 2009 contracts to unsigned players
  • Dec. 13 — Christmas at Fenway; select tickets on sale: First opportunity to purchase Red Sox tickets for the 2009 season. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. ET at www.redsox.com.
  • Dec. 14 — Fenway Park yard sale (pre-registration at www.redsox.com required)

    January 2009

  • Jan 5-15 — Salary arbitration filing period
  • Jan. 8 — Boston Baseball Writers’ 70th Awards Dinner at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston. Fireman of the Year: Jonathan Papelbon; Executive of the Year: Andrew Friedman of the Rays; Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon of the Rays
  • Jan. 10 — The fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Roundtable will be held from 1–3 p.m. on Saturday, January 10 at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion. Participating: Theo Epstein, Peter Gammons, Dustin Pedroia, CC Sabathia, Torii Hunter, Terry Francona, Harold Reynolds, and more
  • Jan. 10 — Hot Stove Cool Music concert at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Performing: Theo Epstein, Peter Gammons with the Hot Stove All-Stars, alternative rockers Letters To Cleo, American Hi-Fi, The Figgs, and Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom. Tickets for all Hot Stove Cool Music events are available now and can be purchased by logging onto HotStoveCoolMusic.org.
  • Jan. 12 — Hall of Fame BBWAA voting announced
  • Jan. 13-15 — Owners meeting, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Jan. 20 — Exchange of salary arbitration figures
  • Jan. 24 — Tickets for the bulk of 2009 Red Sox home games go on sale

    February 2009

  • Feb. 6 — Truck Day: Red Sox equipment truck will leave Fenway Park for arrival in Fort Myers, Fla. on Feb. 9
  • Feb. 1-21 — Salary arbitration hearings period, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Feb. 12 — Spring training: Reporting day for Red Sox pitchers and catchers
  • Feb. 14 — Spring training: First workout for Red Sox pitchers and catchers
  • Feb. 14 — Mandatory reporting date for players on World Baseball Classic rosters of China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan unless they have reported directly to their national teams; mandatory reporting date for pitchers and catchers on provisional rosters of other WBC teams; voluntary reporting date for non-WBC pitchers, catchers and injured players.
  • Feb. 16 — Spring training: Reporting day for Red Sox positional players
  • Feb. 17 — Mandatory reporting date for remaining position players on WBC rosters
  • Feb. 18 — Spring training: First Red Sox full-squad workout
  • Feb. 22 — Mandatory reporting date for non-WBC players.
  • Feb. 25 — Red Sox spring training games begin

    March 2009

  • March 2-11 — Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players
  • March 5 — Second World Baseball Classic begins (Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan)
  • March 18 — Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days
  • March 23 — Second World Baseball Classic championship game (Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles)

    April 2009

  • April 1 — Last Red Sox spring training game
  • April 1 — Last day to request unconditional release waivers without having to pay players’ full 2009 salary
  • April 5 — MLB Opening Day: Phillies vs. Braves; active rosters reduced to 25 players
  • April 6 — Opening Day at Fenway Park vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

    June 2009

  • June 9-10 — Amateur draft

    July 2009

  • July 14 — All-Star game, St. Louis, Mo.
  • July 26 — Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.
  • July 31 — Last day to trade a player without securing waivers

    August 2009

  • Aug. 15 — Last day to sign selections from 2009 amateur draft who have not exhausted college eligibility.

    September 2009

  • Sept. 1 — Active rosters expand to 40 players.

    December 2009

  • Dec. 7-10 — Winter meetings, Indianapolis.
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