February 1-21 - Salary arbitration hearings. February 19 - Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players. February 24 - Voluntary reporting date for other players. March 2-11 - Teams may renew contracats of unsigned players. March 16 - Last day to place a playaer on uncondiational release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay insteada of 45 days. March 30 - Last day to request uncondiational release waivers on a player without having to pay his full salary. April 3 - Official opening of the 2005 championship season. All Clubs are required to cut down rosters to 25 players before April 3. April 15 - Jackie Robinson Day May 1 - Earliest date former Clubs may re-sign free agent players who were either not offered arbitration, or who were offered arbitration on Dec. 7 and remained unsigned after Jan. 8. May 2 - Waivers secured on/after Feb. 16 expire at 5:00 p.m. ET May 3 - New waiver period begins. Waivers secured on/after this date are good through 5:00 p.m. ET July 31. Beginning today, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made ONLY with Outright Waivers in effect. May 15 - Earliest date Clubs may re-sign players that they unconditionally released between midnight Aug. 31, 2004 and April 3, 2005. May 23 - 59th Annual Hall of Fame Game Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Pre-Game Ceremonies begin at 1:00 p.m. Game begins at 2:00 p.m. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, NY May 31 - Start of closed period - First-Year Player Draft June 7-8 - First-Year Player Draft July 4 - Baseball Salutes America July 8-12 - John Hancock All-Star FanFest Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center, Detroit, MI July 10 - Taco Bell® All-Star Sunday Comerica Park, Detroit, MI July 11 - Gatorade All-Star Workout Day Comerica Park, Detroit, MI July 12 - 76th All-Star Game Comerica Park, Detroit, MI July 31 - Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 1:30 p.m., Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown, NY Featuring the 2005 Hall of Fame Inductees, returning Hall of Famers, J.G. Taylor Spink (journalistic) and Ford C. Frick (broadcasting) award winners. July 31 - Waivers secured on/after May 3, 2005 expire at 5:00 p.m. ET. Players may be traded between Major League clubs until 4:00 p.m. ET without Major League Waivers in effect. Major League Waivers in effect between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET may only be used for optional assignments. Aug. 1 - New waiver period begins. Beginning today through the last day of the championship season, players may be assigned between Major League clubs ONLY after Major League Waivers have been secured during the curren twaiver period. Aug. 4-12 - 13th RBI World Series Pittsburgh, PA Aug. 15 - Last date to bring player up for "full trial" to avoid draft-excluded status. Aug. 31 - Any player unconditionally released between midnight tonight and Opening Day of next season may not be re-signed to a Major League contract by the releasing team until May 15 of the following season. Post-season eligibility lists are established at midnight tonight. To be eligible, a player must be a bona fide member of a qualifying team on Aug. 31 and must remain a bona fide member until the end of the season. Sept. 1 - Active player limit increased from 25 to 40. Beginning today, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made ONLY with Special Waivers in effect. Sept. 7 - Roberto Clemente Day Oct. 1 - All players on optional assignment must be recalled. Oct. 2 - Official closing of the 2004 championship season Oct. 3 - Arizona Fall League begins Oct. 3 - Beginning today, players may be traded between Major League clubs without waivers in effect. Oct. 4 - Division Series begin Oct. 7 - Last date to request waivers on draft-excluded players until 25 days prior to the opening of the following season. Oct. 10 - The beginning of the closed period for Major League waiver requests (Oct. 10 - Nov. 10). Special waivers may still be requested on players that are not draft-excluded for the next Rule 5 draft. Oct. 11 - League Championship Series begin Oct. 22 - 101st World Series. End of WS Oct. 15 or the day following the end of the World Series (whichever is later) marks the commencement of the 15-day period during which eligible players may elect free agency or demand a trade. Nov. 10 - Waivers secured on/after Aug. 1, 2005, expire at 5:00 p.m. ET. Nov. 11 - New waiver period begins. Waivers (exclusive of Special waivers) secured today and after shall be in effect until Feb. 15, 2006. Nov. 18 - Day to file reserve lists for all Minor League levels and Major Leagues Dec. 7 - Last date for former club of player who declared free agency under Art. XX (B) 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. 5 - Baseball Winter Meetings Dallas, TX Dec. 8 - Major League Rule 5 Draft Dallas, TX Dec. 19 - Last date for player, who declared free agency under Art. XX (B), 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 Jan. 8 of next season. Dec. 20 - Last date to tender contracts.
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