Is baseball over, finished until next year’s Opening Day activities? Did the sport cease as soon as the World Series winning team finished spraying themselves with champagne? Not in Tim Kurkjian’s (see below)opinion. While ball games won’t be played, Mister Kurkjian (baseball reporter and fan) has provided us with a list of activities that will furnish baseball fans with important information from now until teams report to training camp in Florida and Arizona. Here is his list of events to look forward to until then –and a comment on each.
Nov. 4 = Gold Glove winners announced. No, Dick (Dr. Strangeglove) Stuart, is STILL not a candidate.
Nov. 5 = BBWAA (baseball writers) Awards finalists announced. No, Pete Rose will STILL not win something.
Nov. 5 = MLB Executive of the Year announced. No, Connie Mack does not STILL own the A’s.
Nov. 6 – 9 = GM meetings in Carlsbad, California. Will anyone from the Orioles arrive?
Nov. 7 = Defensive Players of the Year announced. No, “Marvelous” Marv Throneberry is STILL not a favorite.
Nov. 8 = Silver Sluggers announced. No, Eddie Gaedel is STILL not available because he did not swing a bat.
Nov. 12 = Rookies of the Year announced. No, Roy Hobbs and Sidd Finch are STILL not available.
Nov. 13 = Managers of the Year announced. No, Earl Weaver cannot return to the Orioles.
Nov. 14 = Cy Young Awards announced. No, Bobo Newsom will NOT win for either league.
Nov. 15 = MVP Awards announced. No, Mike Trout is NOT sitting by his phone, again.
Nov. 19 = Comeback Players of the Year announced. No, Kirk Gibson was not available for the Dodgers this year.
Nov. 20 = DH of the Year announced. Eddie Gaedel is a real dark horse here, too.
Nov 30 = Non-tender deadline for arbitration-eligible players. What?!
Dec. 9 – 13 = Winter meetings in Las Vegas. And where will you be at this time of year?
Jan. 11 = Arbitration deadline. Did you submit YOUR salary for arbitration?
Feb. 13 = Pitchers and catchers report. This is my brother and my annual “end-of-Winter-and-beginning-of-Spring” celebration. Yes, it’s arbitrary, but it can be a wonderful weekend to celebrate our coming Favorite Season.
Bottom Line = Don’t abandon your interest in baseball “cold turkey”. There is always something to think about, discuss, and enjoy.