2016 SMWW Baseball Career Conference

Our 2015 Conference was a slamming success! Please browse the photos below and check back this spring for next year's conference!


Terrific event in Nashville over the weekend! Tag yourself so your friends and family can see the amazing networking you completed over the weekend.

Posted by Sports Management Worldwide on Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 6 & 7, 2015
Nashville, Tennessee

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.



SMWW Baseball Conference sessions take place the Inn at Opryland, walking distance to the Headquarter Hotel for the Baseball Winter Meetings.

The Inn at Opryland - A Gaylord Hotel

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

Conference Fees

Priority Registration: (Space is limited to 150)

(Limited time only for super early birds!)

Conference Registration includes: 

  • Name badge & credentials 
  • Registration packet
  • All conference sessions
  • Monday Networking Lunch
  • Sunday Night Welcome Reception

Questions? Contact Alyssa at alyssa@smww.com.



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 - 9:30PM Welcome 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)

9:45AM Break

10:00AM More 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)

11:00AM Providing 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)

3:00PM Building 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)

4:00PM Same 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)

5:00PM Closing Remarks

Download a Copy of the 2015 Program Here:


Articles about the Baseball Career Conference:

More 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. 


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:

Fiddler's Inn
2410 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

GuestHouse Inn and Suites
Nashville/Music Valley

2420 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Hampton Inn and Suites
Nashville at Opryland

230 Rudy Circle
Nashville, TN 37214

Country Inn and Suites
210 Rudy Circle
Nashville, TN 37214

Days Inn Nashville at
Opryland/Music Valley Drive

2460 Music Valley Dr
Nashville, TN 37214

Best Western Suites
Near Opryland

201 Music City Circle
Nashville, TN 37214



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!

Past 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,  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.