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Baseball Career Conference
San Diego, California
December 7 & 8, 2014

What:
 

The 2014 SMWW Baseball Career Conference will be held in San Diego, California. 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.

Note: SMWW’s Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with MLB, Minor League Baseball, or the Baseball Winter Meetings.

When:
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Welcome Reception
San Diego Marriott Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar
In The Porch - Terrace
Monday, December 8, 2014,  8:30am-5pm

San Diego Marriott Marquis Marina
(in the San Diego Ballroom A & B)

8:00am Registration available, Coffee and bagels

8:30am Welcome - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President & NFL Agent

8:45am "Hitting Home Runs: Statistics, Sabermetrics & Data"
Cory Schwartz - Vice President Stats, MLB Advanced Media
Joe Hamrahi - President of Baseball Prospectus

9:30am "From the Diamond to the Studio"
Harold Reynolds - Former MLB All-Star, MLB Network Host & Fox Sports Analyst

10:15am "Major League Scouting Philosophies"
John Cox - San Francisco Giants Coordinator, Pacific Rim Scouting (formerly with Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, & Baltimore Orioles)
Larry D’Amato - Former Major League Scout, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Major League Scouting Bureau, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros

11:00am "The Life of a Sports Agent"
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President & NFL Agent
Tony Ciccolella - MLB Agent
Oscar Suarez - MLB Agent

11:45am Box Lunch Provided
Keynote Speaker: John Boggs - MLB Agent and President & CEO of John Boggs and Associates

1:00pm "Making Million Dollar Decisions in the Majors"
Fred Claire - AriBall & Former General Manager, LA Dodgers
Ari Kaplan - AriBall President & MLB Analyst

1:45pm "Winning Strategies to become a World Series Champion Club"
Pat Gillick, Philadelphia Phillies Executive and Hall of Fame Inductee,
Former GM of 4 MLB Teams with 3 World Series
Don Welke, Senior VP of Scouting, San Diego Padres

2:30pm "True Value of the Game with Hall of Fame Writers"
Tracy Ringolsby - Hall of Fame Columnists, MLB Network, MLB.com, Baseball America
Peter Gammons - Hall of Fame Columnists, MLB Network, MLB.com, Baseball America
Jen Mueller - Sideline Reporter: Seattle Mariners & Seattle Seahawks and SMWW Faculty

3:15 pm "Major League Opportunities"
Tyrone Brooks - Director of Player Personnel, Pittsburgh Pirates
Scott Akasaki - Director of Team Travel, Los Angeles Dodgers,
Dan Evans - Former LA Dodgers GM, Current Major League Scout & Director of Pacific Rim Operations for Toronto Blue Jays, SMWW Faculty

4:15pm "Hiring Now...Success tips to breaking into the industry via Sales & Marketing"
Jay Miller - Round Rock Express President
Bill Guertin - Sales Performance Expert, 800 Pound Gorilla
Tom Leip - Salem-Keizer Volcanoes President & SMWW Faculty
Tom Whaley - St. Paul Saints Executive Vice President

4:55 pm Closing Remarks with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook

5-8:00pm Opening Night at the Baseball Trade Show (w/credentials) @ San Diego Convention Center

Speakers:  

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, 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
  • 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, AriBall 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
  • Tony Ciccolella, MLB Agent
  • Mark Smith, Oakland A's Minor League Video Coordinator
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President and Founder

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

 

Where: San Diego, California

SMWW Baseball Conference sessions take place at the San Diego Marriott MarquisThis is one mile from the near the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Headquarter Hotel for the Baseball Winter Meetings.

San Diego Marriott Marquis
San Diego Marina
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101 USA

Note: Originally this event was at the Embassy Suites. They are remodeling and have made arrangements for us to switch hotels to the Marriiott Marquis. You can switch your lodging for no additional fees. It's a great deal! Including free breakfast!
 

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 

Goal:

 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 Winter 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: SMWW’s Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with MLB, Minor League Baseball, or the Baseball Winter Meetings. 


Conference Fees:

  • Conference Registration Includes:
  • Name badge & credentials 
  • Registration packet
  • All conference sessions,
  • Monday Networking Lunch,
  • Sunday Night Welcome Reception
     
  • General Admission click here: $325

Baseball Career Conference Hotel: 
All conference sessions, Networking Lunch, and Welcome Reception will be held at the
San Diego Marriott Marquis
San Diego Marina
333 West Harbor Drive 
San Diego, California 92101 USA 




 

 STILL curious? We get rave reviews, and conference attendees keep coming back!

 
 

 


 

2014 Baseball Career Conference Agenda:

Sunday
7:30pm-9:30pm
Welcome Networking Reception
San Diego Marriott Marina Kitchen & Bar
Registration available
Monday 8am Registration, Coffee & Bagels
8:45am

Hitting Home Runs with Statistics, Sabermetrics, & Data
Cory Schwartz - VP Stats, MLB Advanced Media
Joe Hamrahi - President Baseball Prospectus
Moderator: Dan Evans - Major League Scout & Director of Pacific Rim Operations Toronto Blue Jays
 

9:30am

From the Diamond to the Television Booth
Harold Reynolds, Former Seattle Mariners Player, MLB Network Host and Fox Sports Analyst

10:15am

Major League Scouting Philosophies
John Cox - San Francisco Giants Coordinator, Pacific Rim (formerly with Cubs, Reds, Orioles)
Larry D'Amato, former Major League Scout, Pirates, Reds, Yankees, Rangers and Major League Scouting Bureau

 11am

The Life of a Sports Agent
Oscar Suarez, MLB Agent
Tony Ciccolella, MLB Agent
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, NFL
 Agent
Moderator: Jen Mueller, Seattle Mariners & Seahawks Sideline Reporter

 
12noon Networking Lunch (provided)
 
1:00pm

Making Million Dollar Decisions in the Majors
Fred Claire - Ariball & former GM of the Dodgers
Ari Kaplan - Ariball & MLB
 Analyst

1:45pm

Winning Strategies to become a World Series Champion
Pat Gillick - Philidelphia Phillies Executive & Hall of Fame Inductee. Former GM of 4 MLB teams with 3 World Series Championships
Don Welke - Senior VP of Scouting, San Diego Padres

2:30pm

True Value of the Game with Hall of Fame Writers
Peter Gammons - Hall of Fame Columnist, MLB
 Network, MLB.com, Baseball America
Tracy Ringolsby, Hall of Fame Columnist, MLB Network, MLB.com, Baseball America

3:15pm Major League Opprotunities
Tyrone Brooks, Director of Player Personnel, Pittsburgh Pirates
Scott Akasaki, LA Dodgers Director of Team Travel
Dan Evans, Toronto Blue Jays Major League Scout & Director of Pacific Rim Operations
 
4:15pm

 Now Hiring...Success tips to breaking into the industry via Sales & Marketing
Jay Miller - Round Rock Express President
Bill Guertin - Sales Performance Expert, 800 Pound Gorilla Marketing
Tom Whaley - St Paul Saints Exectutive VP
Tom Leip - Salem Keizer Volcanoes President

 4:55pm  Closing Remarks

                                                                              

 Click here to reserve a space at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee for the 2015 Baseball Career Conference. Only $125.

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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
BizofBaseball
 

 


Tracy Ringolsby
Baseball America & FoxSports.com

 


Tony Ciccolella
MLB Agent
 

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