Baseball Winter Meetings
The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings is an event that occurs every year in December. Representatives from all 30 Major League Teams and free agent players meet for 4 days to discuss team transactions. This primarily includes player trades and free agent signings. The last day of the winter meetings includes the rule 5 player draft.
The winters meetings has become more than just a convention. The popularity of the MLB offseason has spiked in return years, and the winter meetings are it’s World Series. The search term MLB Rumors, for instance, sees as many as 600,000 searches in December, and player and trade news is quickly trending on twitter.
The MLB offseason has helped Major League Baseball make inroads with younger generations. While there is much criticism for the MLB Television ratings (games 5 of the World Series saw lower ratings than Monday Night Football), player analytics and transactions have made the game tangible for fans. Sites like MLB Blog Buzz have risen in popularity due to the success of the baseball offseason.
The allure of attending a Major League Baseball game will never change, but baseball needs more if it is to remain one of the most popular American sports. The NFL and NBA give people the action that they crave, but baseball is different. Not worse, much better in fact, but baseball needed another way to satisfy the short attention span of the American sports fan. The baseball offseason has been apart of that formula.
The 2015 Winter meetings will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, and is schedule for December 7th to the 10th.
MLB Blog Buzz will cover every moment of the Winter Meetings on our MLB Rumors page. Visit our homepage regularly to keep track of every angle of this offseason, and to see what the baseball blog world is saying about it.