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Baseball Career Conference

Orlando, Florida
December 8-9, 2013

 NOTE: If you have paid for this conference you should have received email instructions. Please look in your junk or trash for email. If you did not receive instructions email Liz@smww.com


The 2013 SMWW Baseball Career Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida. This conference is to gain valuable insight into a variety of careers from those working at all levels in baseball including MLB and the minor leagues. Today, 20 minor baseball leagues operate with 246 member clubs in large, medium, and small towns, as well as the suburbs of major cities, across the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela.
This day long career conference offers unique panel discussions and question-answer periods designed to start or advance your career on the business of baseball. The day will be split up into diverse speaker panels; including scouting, marketing, management, media, public relations, digital video editing, athlete representation, broadcasting, and sports career strategies.

Simply put, if you are looking to work in baseball, this is a must attend event.

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Welcome Reception (optional)

12371 Winter Garden Vineland Road
Orlando, Florida 32836
Phone: (407) 239-1800 
Monday, December 9, 2013,  9am-5pm

Conference Sessions - see agenda below.
Note: Monday after the conference at 5:30pm transportation will be provided from the Baseball Career Conference hotel to the Winter Meetings Hotel.

2013 Speakers:  

(More added daily. See 2013 Agenda below for example)

  • John Schuerholz, President Atlanta Braves
  • Cory Schwartz, MLB Advanced Media Vice President, Stats
  • Dan Evans, Toronto Blue Jays Scout, Former LA Dodgers GM
  • Rob Neyer, SB Nation National Baseball Editor & well known baseball author
  • Tony DeMacio, Director Scouting Atlanta Braves
  • Toney Howell, Special Assistant GM LA Dodgers
  • Ari Kaplan, Ariball President - leading figure in sports analytics
  • Oscar Suarez, MLB Agent
  • Hector Gomez, MLB Agent
  • Joe Favorito, Sports Publicity & Marketing Consultant
  • Bobby Evans, San Francisco Giants, Dir. of Player Personnel
  • Alyson Footer, National Correspondent MLB.com
  • Sal Artiaga, Former President of Minor League Baseball
  • Dr. Jose Goyos, Ph.D. L.C.S.W. Kansas City Royals Sports Psychologist
  • Tom Giordano, Special Assistant GM Texas Rangers
  • Scott Akasaki, Los Angeles Dodgers Travel Director 
  • Maury Brown, Founder and President of The Biz of Baseball
  • Larry D'Amato, Former MLB Scout
  • Tony Ciccolella, MLB Agent, SMWW Agency Dir. of Baseball
  • Ryan Latham, Sports Risk Mgr. formerly with Red Sox & Mariners
  • Mark Smith, Oakland A's Minor League Video Coordinator
  • Chuck Patterson, SMWW Sports Career Counselor
  • Ted Curtis, Esq. Lynn University, Department of Sports Management
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President and Founder
  • ...More Added Daily!
    Note: Speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more speakers will know their team meeting schedules.



SMWW Baseball Conference sessions take place at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida. This is near the Winter Meetings Headquarters Hotel, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, in Orlando, Florida, host of the 112th Baseball Winter Meetings.  With baseball executives and representatives from Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, as well as international baseball convening in one setting to discuss the game, network and prepare for the upcoming season, Orlando will become the center of the baseball universe.

Who should attend:

Anyone 16 years or older working on the business side of baseball or wanting to work in baseball!

Networking Opportunities: One of the advantages of this conference is the ability to network within the industry with fellow baseball minded indviduals. Some work for a team, others are looking to break into the industry. Following their presentations, most speakers chat one on one with attendees. Most attendees come alone, but make many new friends, and peers within the industry. And they return year after year!

"The SMWW event is the best learning experience of the year for understanding how the entire baseball market works,” said Kaplan, “I enjoy hearing from a broad spectrum of presenters including executives, Front Office workers, scouts, players, agents, marketing, media. I've worked in MLB for 20 years and find this event fresh and unique."  Ari Kaplan, well known Moneyball Analyst for MLB Teams 


 To provide members of the sports industry with an opportunity to work with and learn from leading industry experts regarding the representation of athletes and the challenges of operating professional teams, leagues, facilities and media outlets.

Articles about the Baseball Career Conference:

More about the Baseball Meetings:

 For those of you who have never experienced the Winter Baseball Meetings, it is fascinating!  Executives from all 30 Major League Baseball organizations attend, as well as more than 160 Minor League Baseball teams. This event is the major baseball event of the year. GMs, player agents, executives, managers, and yes, a few players all attend. It’s an event worth attending if you are looking to network, report on the signings and trades that go down, or for fans to feel the energy and excitement. Where else can you have Tommy Lasorda, Bill James, Frank Robinson, Scott Boras, Bob DuPuy, Billy Beane, and Bobby Cox all within 20 feet of each other? (As reported by Maury Brown) There’s also trainers, scouts, media, reps from the leagues, ESPN, Baseball America, MLB Network, MLB.com...it is a plethora of baseball who’s who. Attending the SMWW Baseball Conference and walking around will be enough for most of you, but for those who want more, read here. 

Note: Monday evening following the conference, transportation will be provided for all SMWW participants to the Winter Meetings Headquarters Hotel, the Swan and Dolphin Resort, in Orlando, Florida, host  of the Baseball Winter Meetings


Conference Registration Includes: Registration includes name badge, registration packet, all conference sessions, Monday Networking Lunch, Sunday Night Welcome Reception, Monday night transportation to the Winter Meeting headquartert hotel, and great networking!

Baseball Career Conference Hotel: 
All conference sessions, Networking Lunch, and Welcome Reception will be held at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort. Room nights are greatly discounted for SMWW attendees. Register for the conference first and then book your room early here. (Only $99 a night for 2 Queen beds!) Click here to reserve your room at the SMWW discount!

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort

12205 S. Apopka Vineland Rd.

Orlando, FL  32836

407-239-0444 / 800-423-3297

· Newly renovated
· 2 onsite full-service restaurants & bars – Over 50 restaurants within walking distance including many of the top local sports bars (Ale House, Buffalo Wild Wings).
· Daily activities on the patio by the pool bar including corn hole competition, ladder golf, football punt competition, ping pong & more – win great prizes like free drinks!
· Included free for all overnight resort guests: onsite self-parking, wireless internet, 24-hour full gym, business center, access to all onsite amenities
· Located 1/8 of a mile from the entrance to the Walt Disney Resort, less than 1.5 miles to Downtown Disney – complimentary transportation to the 4 main theme parks

· Monday after the conference from 6pm - 10pm transportation will be provided from the Baseball Career Conference hotel to the Winter Meetings Hotel.

SMWW Airport Shuttle Discount:

Airport Transportation to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort:
All SMWW attendees receive a discount off roundtrip shared ride shuttle service to and from the airport courtesy of SuperShuttle Orlando using discount code SMWWC. Exclusive Sedans, SUVs, and Vans are available (rates vary). Click here to book your transportation or call 1-800-258-3826. (Only $32 round trip!)

Orlando, Florida:
Enjoy an average high temperature of 73 degrees in December. Orlando is home of Walt Disney World including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Downtown Disney in addition to Universal Studios, Sea World and the NBA Orlando Magic.

 STILL curious? We have videos available about our past conferences. We get rave reviews, and conference attendees keep coming back!


2013 Baseball Career Conference Agenda:

This is a sample of last year's agenda:
We have videos available about our past Basketball and Hockey conferences.

Conference Packet and Name Badge pickup desk opens. (For those who did not pick up Sunday evening.)
8:45am Welcome & Introductions - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President

Skills & Strategies to Move up the Ladder
an Evans - former LA Dodgers GM & Toronto Blue Jays Scout, SMWW Baseball GM & Scouting Course Mentor
Mark Smith - Oakland A's Minor League Video Coordinator & SMWW Alumni
Lee Folgers - Baseball America President/Publisher


Baseball Scouting: 
Tony DeMacio -
Atlanta Braves Director of Scouting
Tom Giordano,
Texas Rangers Special Asst to the GM
Toney Howell,
LA Dodgers Special Asst to the GM
Larry D'Amato - former MLB Scout for 5 teams and SMWW Baseball GM & Scouting Mentor


New Media Communications
Rob Neyer - SB Nation National Baseball Editor and well known author
Joe Favorito, Sports Publicity & Marketing Consultant, SMWW Sports Marketing & Communications Mentor
Alyson Footer, MLB.com reporter


12noon Networking Lunch (provided)

MLB Agent & Player Relationship
Recruiting, relationships, contract negotiation, ethics in the industry

Tony Ciccolella, MLB Agent & SMWW Alumni
Oscar Suarez, 
MLB Agent 
Hector Gomez, MLB Agent


Cultural Development: Minors to Majors
Sal Artiaga -
Former President of Minor League Baseball
Dr. Jose M Goyos, Kansas City Royals Sports Psychologist


Player Contracts & Sabermetrics
Cory Schwartz - 
Vice President, Stats, MLB Advanced Media
Bobby Evans - San Francisco Giants, Dir. of Player Personnel
Ari Kaplan-Ari-ball President - leading figure in sports analytics

4:00pm The #1 Way to Break into Working for a Team
Tom Leip - Salem-Keizer Volcanoes President
Ryan Latham - formerly with the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, and Tacoma Rainiers and SMWW Alumni
Scott Akasaki, LA Dodgers Director of Team Travel

 Closing Remarks

 5:30pm  Bus to Swan & Dolphin - sign up at registration desk




Baseball Career Conference Speakers
(Speakers vary from year to year)


Pat Gillick
Former GM of 4 MLB teams, & three World Series championships

Stan Kasten

Los Angeles Dodgers President

St. Louis Cardinals GM
John Mozeliak
"2011 World Series Champions"

Rob Neyer
SB Nation, National Baseball Writer
and well known author

Jayson Stark
ESPN Senior Baseball Writer


Cory Schwartz
VP, Stats, MLB Advanced Media


Harold Reynolds
MLB Network Studio Analyst

Victor Rojas
Voice of the LA Angels

Jeff Grey
Seattle Mariners Pitcher


Ned Colletti
LA Dodgers GM

Stan Kasten
former Washington Nationals President

Bill Squadron
Bloomberg Sports GM


Jerry Crasnick
ESPN & Baseball America

Jay Miller
Texas Rangers
Senior VP


Maury Brown


Tracy Ringolsby
Baseball America & FoxSports.com


Tony Ciccolella
MLB Agent

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