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October 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

The San Francisco Giants: 2014 World Series Champs — So what’s next?

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So the worst thing about today? It means there is no baseball till April 6, 2015. The 2014 season comes to end with the wild card teams battling for seven games in the World Series. The Giants, led by Madison Bumgarner (Beast), Pablo Sandoval (Panda) and Hunter Pence (giraffe on meth) outlasted the Royals in seven games.

I’m not going to set up a poll (I forgot how). But if you were Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele, would you have sent Alex Gordon home on that play in the bottom of the ninth? Why?

I probably would have done it. Because they weren’t hitting Bumgarner. And if a player could still run over the catcher, I definitely would have sent him.

But oh well, it was a fun postseason. It was odd to think that the Mariners were so close to being a part of it. I’m sure it gnaws at a lot of you. The postseason is just so intense and dramatic. It would have been fun to cover.

So to quote President Jed Bartlett in “The West Wing” …. what’s next?

With the close of the World Series, the offseason officially begins, including free agency. Here’s some important dates to remember.

MLB Important Dates:

Close of 2014 World Series:

The day after the end of the World Series marks the beginning of the free agency period with the following important dates.

Eligible players become free agents at the conclusion of the World Series.

4th Day  – Last date to request waivers on a draft-excluded player

5th Day – Last date to reinstate players on 60-day DL.

  • Last date to outright potential MiLB free agent without MLB contact.
  • Last date for former club to tender qualifying offer.
  • MiLB players become free agents at 2 p.m. PT

6th Day – First day that Major League and Minor League free agents may sign contracts with teams other than their former clubs.

12th Day – Last date for players to accept arbitration from former club.

A few other dates …. 

  • Nov. 1           AFL Fall Stars Game (Scottsdale Stadium)
  • Nov. 15         AFL Championship Game
  • Nov. 12-18    Japan Series (Robinson Cano participating)
  • Nov. 20         Reserve list due (40-man roster additions for Rule 5 protection)
  • Dec. 2            Last date to tender contracts (9 p.m. PT)
  • Dec. 5            Last day to request waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft
  • Dec. 8            Last time to outright a player prior to the Rule 5 Draft (2 pm PT)
  • Dec. 8-11      Baseball Winter Meetings (San Diego, CA)
  • Dec. 11          Rule 5 Draft

2014 Awards Schedule:

2014 BBWAA AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Tuesday, Nov. 4                      BBWAA Awards Finalists Announced
  • Monday, Nov. 10                    AL & NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11                    AL & NL Manager of the Year
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12               AL & NL Cy Young Award
  • Thursday, Nov. 13                  AL & NL Most Valuable Player
  • Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014           BBWAA National Awards Dinner (New York City)
  • **All announcements will be made on MLB Network** 

Silver Slugger: Thursday, November 6 (MLB Network)

Rawlings Gold Gloves: Winners Announced: Tuesday, November 4 (4 pm PT/ESPN2)

Players Choice Awards (MLBPA): Monday, November 3 (5-6 pm PT/MLB Network)

Fielding Bible: Friday, November 1

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