2018 Baseball Career Conference  

December 9-10, 2018                
Orlando, Florida

Meet Scouts, Agents, Player Personnel, Media, and Management in MLB careers while gaining valuable insight into a variety of careers from those working at all levels in baseball! 

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 in 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.

 

 
 

Where

SMWW Baseball Conference sessions take place the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort, a 5-minute drive (1 mile) to the Headquarter Hotel for the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort
12205 S Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando, Florida 32836

Closest AirportOrlando International Airport (MCO)

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 individuals. 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. 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, Moneyball Analyst for Professional Teams

Information About This Event

Schedule of events:

Sunday, December 09, 2018

7:00pm - 9:00pm  SMWW Welcome Reception (optional)
Location: 
Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort Poolside

Come network with baseball executives, SMWW Staff and fellow baseball conference attendees.  Held at Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort Poolside... just one mile from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort where the Winter Meetings are held, the welcome reception is always a great time. Everyone there is excited about the career conference, learning from each other, and sharing a few adult beverages. It's optional…but you really shouldn't miss it! Hor d'eourves and first drink will be on SMWW.
Additional drinks at your own expense. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

8:00am - 5:00pm  SMWW Baseball Career Conference
This conference agenda will be constantly changing up until the week of the event. Team meetings are scheduled one week prior to the event. However, you can keep checking back as we add speakers. We always have a great schedule. You will love it!

Location: Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort Conference Room  

Conference Sessions:

8:00am - Check In is Open. Coffee and pastries
8:30am - Opening Remarks with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook: Let's PLAY BALL! 
8:45am - Opportunities in Independent Baseball
  • Gabriel Suarez, Cleburne Railroaders Director of Baseball Operations
  • Rick White, Atlantic League President
  • Tom Whaley, St. Paul Saints Executive VP
9:45am - Creating a Winning Culture
  • Mark Shapiro, Toronto Blue Jays President and CEO
10:45am - It’s a Passion, Not a Career
  • Martie Cordaro, Omaha Storm Chasers President and GM
11:30- Lunch included with registration
11:45 - Noon (During Lunch) - Covering Baseball: State of the Game
  • Tom Verducci, Senior Baseball Writer, Sports Illustrated & Game & Studio Analyst for Fox Sports and MLB Network
1:00pm - Pathways to a Career in Baseball Operations
  • Tyrone Brooks, MLB Sr. Dir. of Front Office and Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program
1:30pm - It Begins with Scouting
  • Logan White, San Diego Padres' Senior Advisor to the General Manager, Director of Player Personnel
  • Brian Stephenson, Los Angeles Dodgers National Scouting Supervisor
  • ​Larry D'Amato, Former MLB Scout 40+ years, SMWW Faculty
  • Dan Evans, Toronto Blue Jays Pacific Rim Scout, Former LA Dodger GM, SMWW Faculty
2:30pm - It's A Numbers Game
  • Keith Woolner, Cleveland Indians Principal Data Scientist, Baseball Analytics
  • Cory Schwartz, MLB.com VP of Stats
  • Lewis Pollis, Philadelphia Phillies, Baseball Research and Development Analyst
  • Ari Kaplan, Scoutables President and MLB Analyst; SMWW Faculty
3:30pm  The Life of an MLB Agent
  • Oscar Suarez, MLB Certified Agent, SMWW Faculty
  • Joshua Kusnick, MLB Certified Agent
  • Felix Olivo, President of OL Group
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, NFL Agent, SMWW Faculty
4:30pm - Carving Your Own Path
  • Laurie Schlender, Rawlings Minor League Executive of the Year, Omaha Storm Chasers VP, Assistant GM
  • Jayson Stark, ESPN.com Former senior writer
5:15pm - Closing remarks with Lynn 

Transportation to the Winter Baseball Meeting Headquarters Hotel

Experience the Heart of the Action!

 
  • Network with sports business executives
  • Career guidance from well-known 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 about changes in the industry that put your career on the fast track
  • Strategies to catapult your career to the next level
 

Registration Opening Soon! 

This event is limited to the first 175.

Conference Registration includes:  

  • Name badge & credentials
  • Registration packet
  • All conference sessions Friday
  • Friday Networking Lunch
  • Thursday Night Welcome Reception
  • Tickets to the NHL Draft both days (100 level tickets)
 
 

** Please note, conference fee does not include hotel accommodations

Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Please register online in advance.

 

Hotel Rooms

Hotels Near the Baseball Career Conference Location:

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort
12205 S Apopka Vineland Rd
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 239-0444

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
1 Grand Cypress Blvd
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 239-1234

Radisoon Hotel Orlando - Lake Buena Vista
12799 S Apopka Vineland Rd
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 597-3400

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Lake Buena Vista
13351 Florida 535
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 239-4500

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disneyworld
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-4000

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
14651 Chelonia Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 390-2300

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas
8800 Vistana Centre Dr
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 239-3100

Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr,
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 239-4200

Buena Vista Suites
8203 World Center Dr
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 239-8588

Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
6000 W Osceola Pkwy
Kissimmee, FL 34746
(407) 586-0000

Past Speakers

Speakers vary from year to year:

  • Dayton Moore, KC Royals, GM
  • 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
  • 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 and Baseball America
  • Rob Neyer, SB Nation National Baseball Editor and 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 and Museum
  • Mark Galuska, Director of Marketing and Sales, Columbus Clippers (AAA-Indians)
  • Bobby Brett, Brett Sports & Entertainment and 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, and Portland Trail Blazers
  • Ari Kaplan, Scoutables President, Leading Figure in Sports Analytics
  • Oscar Suarez, MLB Agent
  • Tom Leip, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes President
  • Will Carroll - Contributor, 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
     
 

About the Baseball Winter Meetings

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. 

Scholarships

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. 

Internships

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.

 

 

 

 

 



Download a Copy of the
2015 Baseball Program Here

Note: Speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more speakers will know their team meeting schedules.

Thank you! We will let you know as soon as conference dates are announced!