Ultimate 2006 MLB Calendar

Updated: April 3, 2006, 11:35 AM ET
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com


Amateur Draft
Thirty scouting directors gather on the Conference Call Heard 'Round The World. Cheers go up in Kansas City when the Royals take UNC lefty Andrew Miller with the first pick, until word gets around that the last southpaw from North Carolina to go No. 1 overall was a kid named Brien Taylor.

Delmon YoungDeamon Delmon
Sufficiently convinced that Triple-A phenom Delmon Young won't accrue the service time needed to become arbitration eligible after the 2008 season, the Devil Rays call up their top prospect for a home series against Arizona. Young hits two home runs but the Devil Rays still lose 8-4.

Brad LidgeWorld Series Redux
Last year's two pennant winners, the White Sox and Astros, meet in a weekend interleague series in Chicago. Brad Lidge curiously misses the team charter and, poetically, winds up with a long drive.

Leo's Homecoming
Leo Mazzone returns to Atlanta as his new Orioles face his old Braves. After Rodrigo Lopez, Kris Benson and Bruce Chen all lose to John Smoltz, Tim Hudson and John Thomson, Mazzone groans, "At least I got to go to Perlozzo's wedding."

Alan Schwarz is the senior writer for Baseball America. His book, "The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination With Statistics," can be ordered on his website, www.alanschwarz.com.