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
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, Site TBD
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
Dec. 8 - Major League Rule 5 Draft
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.
2005 Major League Baseball important dates
Scout MLB Network Top Stories
Storylines: Chapman and Miller reuniteThe World Series is set to begin on Tuesday night, and the two biggest relievers in the game who were dealt from the Yankees are ready to square off...
Indians Baseball InsiderYesterday at 11:08 PM
Boras provides updates on Harper, StrasburgAfter another disappointing exit from the postseason for the Nationals, player agent Scott Boras provided updates on clients Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.
Hardball ScoopFriday at 1:15 PM
Widener Ready To UnleashTaylor Widener had a terrific professional debut season on many fronts. Not only did he end the season posting a combined 0.47 ERA between short-season Staten Island and low…
Pinstripes PlusThursday at 8:45 PM
Marlins' Relief PlanWill the Miami Marlins seek a reliever in free agency or will it try to manipulate its bullpen with its current roster?
Marlins ManiaThursday at 5:19 PM