The MLB report date is different for every team, player and position. Luckily, you are going to set a date and inform your Club. Why?
Your leadership as a player starts with your word and ends with your performance.
In addition to proving your leadership to your teammates, you need to prove your leadership to your Club.
MLB Report Date: Expectations
Players expect communications from their manager and coaches. Players are expected to communicate on-the-field. Likewise, I think it is good practice to communicate with your Club.
Whether you were given a booklet or talked by phone – confirm your report date.
MLB Report Date: When?
Here are a handful of dates to remember:
- Valentines Day: Voluntary Reporting Date for pitchers, catchers and injured players participating in the World Baseball Classic
- February 16: Voluntary Reporting Date for pitchers, catchers and injured players (Non-WBC participants)
- February 17: Voluntary reporting date for all other Players participating in the World Baseball Classic
- February 21: Voluntary reporting date for all other Players (Non-WBC participants)
- February 22: Mandatory reporting date for all other Players participating in the World Baseball Classic
- February 28: Mandatory reporting date (Non-WBC participants)
MLB Report Date: How?
Look, this isn’t hard and it doesn’t matter where you rank on the 40-man roster. This is how you do it:
- Have your Agent send a memo to your Club.
- Send your position coach a text when you will arrive.
- Send your position coach a text confirming you arrived.
- Start performing.
MLB Report Date: Voluntary vs. Mandatory
Call me crazy, but we feel different when we do something on our own versus doing it because we are required to do it.
Keep your name out of the newspaper for bad stuff by voluntarily arriving with a smile and ready to hit the ground running.
I wish you success during spring training and beyond.