This conference is to gain valuable insight into a variety of careers from those working at all levels in baseball. Meet Scouts, Agents, Player Personnel, Media, and Management in MLB careers.
The Baseball Winter Meetings* are an annual event, held each December, in which representatives of all 30 Major League Baseball teams and their 161 minor league baseball affiliates convene for four days to discuss league business and conduct off-season trades and transactions. Attendees include league executives, team owners, general managers, team scouts, visitors from baseball-playing countries, trade show exhibitors.
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!
*SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with MLB, Minor League Baseball, or the Baseball Winter Meetings.
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Who Should Attend:
Anyone 18 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 sports 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 major league sports for 20 years and find SMWW events fresh and unique." Ari Kaplan, well known Moneyball Analyst for professional teams
Experience the Heart of the Action!
Network with sports business executives
Career guidance from well know sports executives
Insights on who is doing the hiring and what you need to know to get hired
Connect with sports career minded individuals
Mentors who have been where you are and want to assist you with your career
Insider information to changes in the industry that put your career on the fast track
Strategies to catapult your career to the next level
Note: This agenda is from the 2015 Conference. The 2016 agenda will be similar but speakers and times will change.
Sunday, December 6
7:30PM - 9:30PMWelcome Reception Atrium Cafe/Bar
Monday, December 7 McGavock Meeting Room
8:00AM Registration available
8:45AM Welcome Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
9:00AM Dynamic Web Presence Cory Schwartz, MLBAM, Vice President, Stats Joe Hamrahi, 2080baseball.com, President and Co-Founder
Mike Groopman, Kansas City Royals, Director of Baseball Operations/Analytics (moderated by Lynn Lashbrook)
10:00AMMore Than a Season - Building a Championship Culture Dayton Moore, 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, Senior Vice President - Baseball Operations/General Manager (moderated by Dan Evans)
11:00AMProviding Guidance in Your Pursuit of a Baseball Career Larry D'Amato - Former MLB Scout, 4-time World Series champion, SMWW Faculty
Dan Evans - Former LA Dodgers GM, Toronto Blue Jays MLB Scout, SMWW Faculty
Bill Guertin - Sales Performance Expert, SMWW Faculty, 800 Pound Gorilla
Oscar Suarez - MLBPA Certified Agent, SMWW Faculty
(moderated by Lynn Lashbrook)
12:00PM Networking Lunch (Included)
1:00PM Baseball Careers in the Media Mike Ferrin, MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM Host, Co-host of "Power Alley" Thomas Harding, MLB.com correspondent for Colorado Rockies Tracy Ringolsby, 2005 J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient, Columnist MLB.com & Baseball America, Insider MLB Network, Root Sports Rocky Mountain (moderated by Lynn Lashbrook)
2:00PM Baseball Analytics Dave Cameron, FanGraphs Managing Editor Vince Gennaro, SABR President Sahadev Sharma, Baseball Prospectus, Lead Writer/Editor in Chief of @BPWrigleyville John Olshan, TrackMan Baseball, General Manager (moderated by Dan Evans)
3:00PMBuilding a Playoff Team Tyrone Brooks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Director of Player Personnel Kevin Goldstein, Houston Astros, Director, Professional Scouting Gene Watson, Kansas City Royals, Director - Professional Scouting (moderated by Lynn Lashbrook)
4:00PMSame Game, Different Continents Teppei Shiokawa, Yomiuri Giants, Director, U.S. Scouting Operations & New York Office Logan White, San Diego Padres, Senior Advisor to the General Manager/Pro Scouting Director (moderated by Dan Evans)
4:30PM Pioneers of Baseball Analytics Ari Kaplan, Scoutables President & MLB Analyst, SMWW Faculty Fred Claire, GM of 1988 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers (moderated by Dan Evans)
For those of you who have never experienced the Baseball Winter Meetings*, it is fascinating! 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: SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with MLB, Minor League Baseball, or the Baseball Winter Meetings.
SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. You must be 18 years or older to be considered. If interested, fill out an application and submit your resume and one page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to StudentServices@smww.com.
Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW Training Program will be given preference.
Baseball Career Conference Hotel:
Please reach out to one of these below hotel options within 0.5 mile walking distance from the Conference Headquarter hotel if The Inn at Opryland has sold out:
2410 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 615-885-1440
GuestHouse Inn and Suites
2420 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 615-885-4030
Hampton Inn and Suites
Nashville at Opryland
230 Rudy Circle
Nashville, TN 37214 615-620-2500
Country Inn and Suites
210 Rudy Circle
Nashville, TN 37214 615-316-9944
Days Inn Nashville at
Opryland/Music Valley Drive
2460 Music Valley Dr
Nashville, TN 37214 615-889-0090
Best Western Suites
201 Music City Circle
Nashville, TN 37214 615-902-9940
SMWW offers sports internship opportunities throughout the year in both our Portland, Oregon and Gloucester, England offices. Visit this page for more information. SMWW conducts interviews at SMWW Career Conferences.
STILL curious? We get rave reviews, and conference attendees keep coming back!
Speakers vary from year to year:
John Boggs, MLB Agent
Ned Colletti, LA Dodgers GM
Peter Gammons, Hall of Fame Writer and MLB Analyst
Harold Reynolds, MLB Network On Air Talent and Fox Sports Analyst
Joe Hamrahi, Co-Founder 2080baseball.com and former President of Baseball Prospectus
Fred Claire, former LA Dodgers GM and well known MLB Executive
Don Welke, Vice President Scouting Operations San Diego Padres
John Cox, Major League Scout and Pacific Rim Scout San Francisco Giants
Tracy Ringolsby, Hall of Fame Writer for MLB. com & BAseball America
Dan Evans, Toronto Blue Jays Scout, Former LA Dodgers GM
Pat Gillick, 3 time World Series GM and HOF
John Mozeliak, St. Louis Cardinals GM
Jayson Stark, ESPN Senior Baseball Analyst
Stan Kasten, Los Angeles Dodgers President
Jay Miller, Texas Rangers Senior VP
Tracy Ringolsby, Baseball America & FoxSports
Tyrone Brooks, Pittsburgh Pirates Director of Operations
Lee Folger - Baseball America President/Publisher
Cory Schwartz, MLB Advanced Media Vice President, Stats
Bill Squadron, Bloomberg Sports GM
Jerry Crasnick, ESPN & Baseball America
Harold Reynolds, MLB Network Studio Analyst
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
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President and Founder
Benjamin Hill, Baseball Writer, MiLB.com
Jeff Idelson, President, National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
Mark Galuska, Director of Marketing & Sales, Columbus Clippers (AAA-Indians)
Bobby Brett, Brett Sports & Entertainment & Spokane Indians Managing Partner
Bob Masewicz, Total Sports Entertainment Owner
John Manuel, Baseball America Editor in Chief
Tom Whaley, St. Paul Saints, Executive VP & Owner
Dana Sinclair, Sports Psychologist - clients include Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Portland Trail Blazers
Ari Kaplan, Scoutables President - leading figure in sports analytics
Oscar Suarez, MLB Agent
Tom Leip, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes President
Will Carroll - Contributer, SI.com
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
Mike Birling - Durham Bulls GM
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
Mark Smith, Oakland A's Minor League Video Coordinator
Note: Speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more speakers will know their team meeting schedules.
This conference provides people who aspire to work in professional baseball an invaluable experience. With a premier who's who of speakers, the ability to ask questions and extensive networking opportunities, this conference is a major difference maker for advancing your baseball career.
Wonderful networking event that allows for communication from multiple people aiming to get a job within baseball with those already within the industry.
Morris Catholic High School
I was the youngest attendee (13 years old!) at this conference, but I came out the most interested. This drove my love for all aspects of the game and helping me accomplish my dream of working in baseball.
Completely blown away by the knowledge shared by the speakers in Nashville!
Tons of information that is real and up to date, access to real people in the job I'm looking to join, and great advice!
San Jose, CA
The Baseball Career Conference provides a great opportunity to hear about baseball operations from people at the Major League Level, and a chance to meet and network with these individuals.
Truly the most inspirational conference I've been to. I was there as an onlooker and truly enjoyed the experience. I came with my son, who was looking to break into the business of baseball. The knowledge gained and the people I met was truly a rewarding experience.
SMWW is an opportunity to "jump into" a network of professionals in all aspects of the business of baseball. Having the conference at the same time as the Winter Meetings is also invaluable. Whether young or old, this is an awesome opportunity to get a solid understanding of all aspects of baseball.
St. Ambrose University
Anyone who is looking to be a part of the sports management world should attend the conferences SMWW puts on! They are insightful, you meet high end executives who were once in your shoes (like Kansas City GM, Dayton Moore!) and the networking is unbelievable. This was a great experience!
This was my first time attending the conference, and it exceed my expectations! Everybody was approachable, friendly and there was so much information to absorb. I highly recommend this event to anybody interested in getting into the baseball industry, advancing their career or even if you just are a baseball fan, this is a must attend event!
You will never find a better opportunity to network and pick the brains of current power players in the business of baseball.
Arizona State University
A fantastic roster of speakers with high level front office personnel sharing invaluable opinions and information. This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in working in baseball.