The Sideline – February 6


Break out the bats: MLB calendar

Through Feb. 20 — Salary arbitration hearings, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Feb. 19 — Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.

Feb. 24 — Voluntary reporting date for other players

March 3 — Mandatory reporting date

March 18 — Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days

April 1 — Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2014 salary

April 5 — Opening day, St. Louis at Chicago Cubs. Active rosters reduced to 25 players

June 8 — Amateur draft begins

July 14 — All-Star game, Cincinnati

July 17 — Last day to sign for amateur draft picks subject to deadline

July 26 — Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.

July 31 — Last day to trade a player without securing waivers

Sept. 1 — Active rosters expand to 40 players

November TBA — Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents, fifth day after World Series

November TBA — Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers, 12th day after World Series

Dec. 2 — Last day for teams to offer 2016 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters

Greenfield Youth Baseball sign-ups

Registration for the Greenfield Youth Baseball Association Recreational League will be from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 14, 21 and 28 at the Riley Park concession stand, 810 E. Lincoln St.

The league is for boys ages 5 to 16. Practices begin in late March, with games beginning April 18 and continuing through June.

Book fair to benefit Dragons football

The New Palestine Grid Iron Alliance boosters will host a book fair at the Barnes & Noble in Indianapolis (Keystone location, 8675 River Crossing Blvd.) from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 21.

A percentage of every sale that accompanies a special voucher (available at the store and at will benefit the Grid Iron Alliance.

A raffle will be conducted for a football signed by the Class 4A state championship New Palestine football team. Players and head coach Kyle Ralph will be on hand at the book fair with the state title trophy.

Baseball team gains from Pond sales

The Greenfield-Central baseball program will earn 20 percent of every order placed with Tyner Pond Farm in Greenfield for purchases using the promo code GHSBASEBALL. Using the code will also allow for a 20 percent discount on orders. Order online at Tyner Farm, 7408 E. 200 S., offers free local delivery.

Prep schedule


Boys basketball: NP at Shelbyville, 7:30 p.m.; Delta at GC, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball: MV at FW Canterbury, 7:30 p.m.


Boys basketball: MV at Noblesville, 7:30 p.m.; NP at Mooresville, 7:30 p.m.; Greenwood at GC, 7:30 p.m.; EH at Lapel, 7:30 p.m.

Gymnastics: NP at Rushville, 10 a.m.

Wrestling: EH at Richmond Regional, 9 a.m.; GC, MV, NP at Perry Meridian Regional, 9 a.m.

Girls swimming: EH, GC, MV, NP at NP Sectional, 9 a.m., 1 p.m.


Swimming — NP/Hagerstown at Pendleton Heights, 5:30 p.m.

Gymnastics — Rushville at NP, 6 p.m.