Valentine's Day Gift Idea
It’s that time of the year when December’s holiday bells are being replaced by January bills. It’s also the time of the year when football games dwindle to a precious few. No more yellow penalty flags or red flag reviews!
It’s also the time of the year for the wheels of baseball to begin turning.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will release the results of its Hall of Fame voting for 2008 at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Twenty-five former major leaguers are being considered for election.
Later this month, the Phillies will embark on their 39th consecutive Winter Tour which was originally known as a Press Caravan. We’ll have more details on this site early next week.
Starting January 23, the popular Phillies Phantasy Camp will take place in Clearwater. The camp is sold out with 140 participants. A total of 20 Alumni will be part of the program.
Baseball’s calendar this month also includes the arbitration process. Between the 5th and 15th, players may submit to arbitration. The Phillies have five players eligible for arbitration: Eric Bruntlett, Ryan Howard, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and Jayson Werth.
On January 18, Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association exchange arbitration filing figures. Arbitration hearings are scheduled between February 1 and 20. At a hearing, each side presents its case and an arbitrator eventually makes the final decision, one figure or another. The arbitrator cannot choose a middle ground.
During the entire process negotiations for a one-year contract or multi-year deal can continue between clubs and players. Settlement can take place up until the start of a hearing.
More important on the February baseball calendar than arbitration hearings is the fact that spring training starts!
The big date is February 7 when the equipment truck leaves Citizens Bank Park for Clearwater’s Bright House Networks Field. Pitchers and catchers work out for the first time seven days later on Valentine’s Day.
Instead of flowers or candy for your spouse, a trip to Clearwater would be more dynamic. Go for it!