PLAYER PROGRAMS

MLB’s Player Programs group develops trainings that aim to help current Minor and Major League Players successfully transition through the various stages of their baseball career and understand all applicable League policies. During our annual programs, players are provided information on several topics, which includes Healthy Relationships, Prohibited Substances, Social Media, Diversity & Inclusion, Financial Responsibility, Mental Wellness, Prohibited Conduct & Player Safety — On & Off the Field. A description of each program is outlined below:

Annual Programming Calendar

January

Rookie Program
This is a four-day joint program with the MLBPA designed to provide guidance and identify resources for players (top four prospects from each Club) with some Major League player experience or on the verge of having Major League careers. Experts in finance, health & wellness, media relations and sports psychology present and work closely with the players to address many of the issues that often arise during this transition.

February

DR Rookie Program
A joint two-day Program with the MLBPA designed to provide guidance to players in the Dominican Summer League, as well as those players expected to travel to the United States for the first time. A wide array of topics is addressed, including learning English and new customs, mental wellness, immigration laws, drug education, fiscal and social responsibility, etc.

March

Spring Training Player Education
Minor and Major League players are educated on topics such as Healthy Relationships, Social Media, Safe Driving, Gambling and Safety.

April

First-Year Player & Parent Program (Spanish-speaking players)
This program is for Latin Players who sign on the July 2 signing period under the International Amateur Talent System. Workshops cover an introduction to MLB policies for players and their parents or legal guardians.

May

First-Year Player & Parent Program (English-speaking players)
This program is for Latin Players who sign on the July 2 signing period under the International Amateur Talent System. Workshops cover an introduction to MLB policies for players and their parents or legal guardians.

June

En Base
En Base is an off-the-field training and development program for all players in the Dominican Summer League. This program is designed to provide players with the tools necessary to make informed decisions about their careers through a sequence of topics such as DEI, safe driving, domestic violence, prohibited substances, social media, financial responsibility, sexual health and mental wellness. A variety of other topics are also available at the Club’s request.

MLB Draft Combine/Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP League)
This PDP program is for elite high school players from the U.S. that are eligible to be drafted the following year. The Draft Combine is a two-day educational orientation designed to provide participating players with the necessary tools, resources and support to help ensure that they make informed decisions as they begin a potential transition to professional baseball. Topics include healthy relationships, security and safe driving, prohibited substances, financial responsibility, mental wellness, diversity and inclusion.

July

En Base


DR Coaches and Staff Training
This workshop is to provide coaches and staff at the DR Academies with the same policy education and training DSL players receive from MLB throughout the year since they are the officials the players interact with the most.

August

En Base


Ahead in the Count/Arriba en el Conteo
The AITC program is conducted with drafted first-year players in the U.S. (including Domestic and International players) and the En Base program is conducted with players in the Dominican Summer League (DSL).

September

Ahead in the Count

October

Prospects and Expectations
This program is for players participating in the Arizona Fall League (AFL), many of whom have been through previously provided MLB workshops. These players will most likely move on to play in the Majors.

November

Owner Meetings


GM Meetings

December

Winter Meetings

Other Programs & Initiatives

For information about the additional programs and initiatives supported by the Player Programs group, click below.