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Baseball General Manager and Scouting Course
Advance your baseball career with major league instructors:
former LA Dodgers GM Dan Evans & former MLB Scout Larry D'Amato.
Baseball General Manager and Scouting Course
- June 29 - August 24, 2015
- Weekly Live Audio Chats:
Mondays 6pm-7pm pacific (9pm-10pm eastern) with Larry D'Amato, 4 Time World Series Winning Scout
Saturdays 8am-9am pacific (11am-12noon eastern) with Dan Evans, former LA Dodger GM
- Class size limited to 20 students
This course is for you if you want to pursue a these professional baseball jobs:
- MLB Player Personnel
- MLB Scout
- MLB Management
- MLB Front Office
- MLB Agent
- MLB Game Operations
- Baseball Operations
- MLB Sports Marketing
- MLB Account manager
- MLB Media & Community Relations
- MLB, minor leagues, NCAA, or baseball job advancement opportunities
- Baseball Internships
The Baseball General Manager and Scouting Course is an 8 week online course that offers cutting edge theories on how to develop a career in professional and collegiate baseball. In the ever-changing dynamics of the business of baseball management, today's Baseball GM must learn to balance a budget in the club house and remain competitive on the field. The Baseball General Manager and Scouting Course will cover issues including player personnel, sabermetrics, major league scouting and other essential tools of modern general managers of professional and collegiate baseball organizations. May qualify for university internship requirements.
The course's main objective is to develop a new age in the game of baseball by creating synergies between the new school of thought in sabermetrics and traditional baseball scouting. With MLB Scout Larry D'Amato and former Los Angeles Dodgers GM Dan Evans as your mentors, baseball enthusiasts will fall in love with this course because it is both educational and focused on the business of baseball and the game they love.
You do not need to relocate, this course can be taken from anywhere in the world.
Individuals will learn:
· Responsibilities of a baseball General Manager
* An Introduction to digital video analysis software used by MLB teams
· Baseball contracts and negotiation
· New school and old school baseball management
· The effect of sabermetrics in baseball
· Overview of Collegiate Baseball
· Collegiate baseball recruiting
· Relationships between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball
· Player Development Contracts
· The role of the Baseball General Manager year-round
· How to run the Front Office of a baseball club
· Methods of ranking high-school and college baseball prospects
· How to write a major league baseball scouting report
· The language and history of baseball scouting
Course Instructors & Mentors
Dan Evans & Larry D'Amato:
(During the live weekly audio chats you will get to know Dan & Larry and they will help guide and advise you in your career.)
Dan Evans, former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been in professional baseball for over three decades, and has had decision-making roles with five MLB franchises throughout his career. As a SMWW Mentor Dan has broken the mold with assisting students with career paths in baseball. He will help you learn what you need to know to get the job and then set you up with a game plan for your career. His success is your success.
The Chicago native began his baseball journey as an intern for the Chicago White Sox while a junior in college and has worked for the White Sox (1981-2000), Chicago Cubs (2000-2001), Dodgers (2001-2004), Seattle Mariners (2004-2007), and the Toronto Blue Jays (2013-present). Evans’ experience is wide ranging, as he is the only former General Manager of a MLB club who also led a baseball agency. In additions, Evans has been a broadcast analyst for MLB games, is the author of “108 Stitches,” a column for Baseball Prospectus, and is a member of the Baseball Prospectus Advisory Board.
Evans Evans evaluates talent for the Blue Jays organization at all levels of play all over the world, and oversees their entire Pacific Rim operations.. Evans is considered one of the game’s true pioneers, an innovator with an experienced resume.
Evans’ .548 winning percentage is the second-best mark for any GM in Los Angeles Dodger history and during his tenure he oversaw the two most productive consecutive drafts in MLB history, including the selection of All-Star Matt Kemp. Evans led the transformation of a Dodger franchise which had sunk to an overall rating of 28th among MLB clubs by rebuilding the organization’s scouting and player developments to secure the #1 spot just two years later. The team set numerous Dodger franchise records in pitching and defense while he was the club’s GM.
His @DanEvans108 Twitter account has been recognized as "Whom to Follow" by Twitter, Top Prospect Alert, and Bleacher Report, and was recently named among "Top 50 Baseball Related Twitter Accounts" by Baseball America and "30 Must Follow Twitter Accounts for Baseball Fanatics" by Mashable. Dan Evans' LinkedIn profile was among the site’s top 1% most-viewed in 2012-14, and he is in the top 1% of Klout and Kred influencers on social media.
Evans is a frequent expert guest on numerous radio, Internet, and podcasts across the baseball world, including MLB Network Radio. He has been a SABR member since his career began, and was an original board member of the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. Dan is excited to assist you with career on the business side of baseball.
Larry D’Amato has been scouting baseball for over 40 years. He started in 1970 as an area scout and held scouting positions as an Area Scout, Scouting Supervisor, National Cross Checker, Pro Scout, and Major League Scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Major League Scouting Bureau, Texas Rangers and most recently the Houston Astros. The players he personally discovered and signed include Rod Scurry, Fred Breining, Jeff Lahti, Terry Lee, Jim Neidlinger, Steve Cooke. Larry has covered high schools, junior colleges, four year colleges, and the Pacific Coast League, Northwest League, Pioneer League. He has set up and run Free-Agent Tryout Camps all over the USA. He has covered both Arizona and Florida Major League Spring Training, in addition to the National League West, American League West, National League Central, American League East, International League and various Mexican Leagues. Larry is a three time winner of the Topps Scouting Award and he has 4 World Series Rings. Larry has lots of scouting wisdom to share and he is somehow connected to everyone working in baseball. He will personally critique your scouting reports so that you are performing at a major league level! His sense of humor will entertain you, but his knowledge of the game will keep you coming back!
One of the highlights for many students is the live audio chats you don't just get to listen, you get to interact with guest speakers like these!
Three time World Series GM. Pat was the GM of the Toronto Blue Jays (1978–1994), Baltimore Orioles (1996–1998), Seattle Mariners (2000–2003), and Phillies (2006–2008). He guided the Blue Jays to World Series championships in 1992 and 1993, and later with the Phillies in 2008. Pat was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.
GM Texas Rangers
SB Nation National Baseball Editor Rob began his career with legendary baseball author Bill James, and later worked for STATS, Inc. and ESPN.com, writing more words for that website than anyone else. Rob has written or co-written six baseball books.
President of the Business of Sports Network. Well known baseball analyst, baseball columnist, freelancer, Baseball Prospectus, & Forbes.
Former Major League Scout and Special Assistant to GM Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays. 55 years in baseball.
Former Major League Manager of the San Diego Padres. Former Scouting Supervisor for the Cincinnati Reds. Former Minor League Director of Player Development for Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers. Minor League Manager for Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres. 40+ years in Major League Baseball.
Special Assistant to General Manager Los Angeles Dodgers. Major League Scout for the Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers. Amateur Scout for the Chicago Cubs. 26+ years of professional baseball experience.
Pacific Rim Scout for the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees. Assistant General Manager of the Chicago Cubs. Former Scouting Director for the Cincinnati Reds. 40+ years in professional baseball.
Author on several books on Amateur Scouts and Major League Scouts.
Veteran Scout for the Cincinnati Reds. Gene has been with the Reds for over 50 years. He has signed Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, Short-Stop with the Reds, Paul O'Neil Outfielder with the Reds and Yankees, LHP Don Gullett, Reds and Yankees. He has been an Amateur Scout and also Major League Scout and also Special Assistant to the GM with the Reds.
Special Assistant and Major League Scout for the Texas Rangers. Tom has been an Area Scout for the Old Kansas City Athletics, Scouting Director for the Baltimore Orioles, Special Assistant with the Cleveland Indians. Tom has over 50 years of service to Major League Baseball.
Major League Scout for the Philadelphia Phillies. Sonny has been a member of the Major League Scouting Bureau, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves
and the Boston Red Sox. Sonny has over 30 years of scouting experience.
Special Assistant GM to the Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels. Don has 40 years of experience in professional baseball.
Former student and Associate Scout for the San Francisco Giants Michael Hemenway had this to say about the course:
The Sports Management Worldwide General Manager/Scouting course has given me the opportunity to examine the latest trends in baseball management and player evaluations. As a recent graduate of the Major League Scouting Bureau's Scout Development Program it allows me to reanalyze and reinforce traditional scouting methods. Along with an introduction to Sabermetrics and how the two diciplines can work together in the difficult task of finding a prospect to compete in Major League Baseball.
Weekly Audio Chats - A unique aspect of each 8 week course is the opportunity for students to participate weekly in interactive audio chats with fellow students, Larry D'Amato, Dan Evans, and Dr. Lynn Lashbrook and renowned guest speakers. This is a tremendous opportunity to network within the professional and collegiate baseball industry and get to know your instructor, guest speakers, and fellow students personally via the internet. This is available via any online computer with a microphone. At the conclusion of the course, students will have a well-rounded understanding of the methods used by baseball scouts and general managers that have put winning teams on the field.
Listen to 5 minutes of a past chat here...
Online Education - This innovative academic course is facilitated through a Web-based educational delivery system. You will enjoy the online discussion boards, weekly readings, weekly quizzes, course projects, and interaction amongst fellow sports business-minded students and faculty. All course materials and textbooks are included in the course.
Global Participation - SMWW students participate from over 140 countries. Courses have a international influence and instructors will cater assignments to specific countries or leagues. Countries with economic challenges are eligible for economic dicounts.
Earn College Credit: Most participants are not college students. Most participants are working full time in a variety of careers including many in sports from all over the world. (Many wish they had taken this course in college!) For those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits (graduate or undergraduate) to your school, two-three hours of college credit is available. Click here for more information.
Military Discount - For those individuals who represent their country in military service we offer a discount. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are active, reserve, or a retired member of your countries military system. Thank you for serving your country! (Please include what country and specific part of the military.)
Tax Write Off - (For USA Citizens) SMWW course tuition, books and supplies can be used for education tax credits. Save your receipts and consult with your tax advisor on how this applies to you.
Sports Career Conferences - throughout the year, Sports Management Worldwide hosts Sports Career Conferences at a variety of sporting events. These are fabulous networking events that put SMWW Alumni in the heart of the action. Opportunities to meet Head Coaches, GM's, Chief Executives, Player Personnel, Scouts, and fellow Sports Agents are facilitated. Visit SMWW Sports Career Conferences to learn more. SMWW Alumni receive discounts.
The Future of Scouting- Learn the latest technology
The Baseball GM and Scouting course includes an introduction to the digital video analysis software used by MLB teams like the White Sox, Cardinals & Yankees!
Several MLB, minor league teams, and NCAA teams are using new software and hardware devices to enhance their scouting process. Scouts and coaches can assess players on quickness and effort, and record comments without missing a key play. This allows baseball organizations to gather information on players 24 hours a day. By eliminating the mounds of paperwork associated with the scouting process, scouting has become more efficient, and data is collected and shared much more easily. SMWW course students will get the opportunity to be exposed to the cutting-edge techniques being used by teams worldwide including pitch-by-pitch data analysis with the power of video coaching and analysis.
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What is the role of a Baseball General Manager or Major League Scout?
With the help of the Baseball General Manager and Scouting Course, students will understand the day to day tasks performed by a Baseball GM and major league scout and gain the understanding of overall management of both on-field and off-the-field personnel. A great baseball general manager can put a winning team on the field whether he or she has the budget of the Yankees or the Devil Rays. The course covers all the bases from sabermetrics-the cutting-edge evaluation of baseball talent, used by Athletics and Red Sox-to traditional major league scouting methods and prospect ranking systems. Learn what baseball general managers do, year-round, to improve their clubs. Learn the different ways organizations rank their prospects and maximize the draft. Students get an inside look at what it takes to be a baseball major league scout from season to season.
Sabermetrics is the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records.
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|The ideal course for the following individuals:
· Anyone who loves baseball
· Anyone who's passionate about a career in sports management
· Anyone who wants to learn about the sports industry, while keeping current employment
· Those with other commitments for whom on-line education fits their schedule
· Those who seek a way to break into the competitive world of the business of sports
· College students who want to gain insight not offered on college campuses
· College students who need to obtain college credit
Students will be introduced to the everyday operations of major league scouts and the baseball front office. As a coach the course can teach you how to evaluate player talent from a scouts perspective and learn the scouting language thus helping your players and program succeed. As a baseball enthusiast you’ll be able to impress friends with your insight into questions like "How can the A's continually turn over their roster and still succeed?" Learn baseball’s most respected writers and analysts, and get into the sabermetrics world of Bill James and Billy Beane, learn to blend traditional scouting practice with the new method of sabermetrics, and advance your current career in baseball.
Course Certificate & Resume Reference:
Successful graduates of the Sports Management Worldwide courses will be sent a SMWW Certificate of Accomplishment. This certificate represents not only your achievements in the course but also demonstrates your personal commitment to self-improvement and ability to "self train" yourself for higher positions within the sports business industry.
In addition to your certificate, you will be given the stamp of approval by SMWW. This approval includes a personal reference you may add to your resume with contact information for Dr. Lynn Lashbrook and a reference to the mentors of this course.
Become a SMWW Scout:
Upon successful graduation of the Baseball GM & Scouting Course, individuals will be invited to join SMWWscouts.com. This is an exciting opportunity to advertise yourself as a certified scout and feature your scouting reports as a trained talent evaluator! This is a match making service for baseball scouts and those needing a baseball scout around the globe. It assists Managers, Coaches, Agents, and Teams looking for qualified talent evaluations with our certified SMWW Scouts! The site will include your own webpage with your picture and bio, with samples of your best scouting reports. It offers coaching staffs a chance to submit requests for scouting reports and find scouts by region. As a graduate of the Baseball GM & Scouting Course you are eligible to apply for acceptance as a SMWW Scout and be featured on this exciting website. (Free upon graduation!)
Work for a team:
Our goal is to see all Baseball GM & Scouting graduates gainfully employed in baseball worldwide. Your chances of accepting an offer of employment within professional baseball will improve by going through the program. SMWW will customize a baseball portfolio to assist you with your career goals.
Through our extensive network of professional baseball teams worldwide, baseball departments, and baseball organizations, our objective is to prepare you for when the right job opportunities become available. Numerous people that have gone through our programs are now employed in great positions and you could do the same. We want to help you launch your baseball career and help you find a position where you can be the most successful and satisfied.
Student Troy Steffy of Pro Baseball Training (probaseballtraining.com) summed up the students attitude about the course:
And for the record, I LOVE THIS COURSE!