2019 Baseball Career Conference  

December 8-9, 2019                
San Diego, California

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! 


What is the Baseball Winter Meetings*?

The Baseball Winter Meetings* is 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. The 2019 Baseball Winter Meetings* will take place Dec. 8-12, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront & San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. 
*SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with MLB, Minor League Baseball, or the Baseball Winter Meetings.

What is the SMWW Baseball Career Conference?

The SMWW 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. The Welcome Reception and Networking Lunch offer attendees to network within the business side of baseball.

Why should you attend?

Simply put, if you work in baseball or want to work in baseball, this is a must-attend event!
Our annual SMWW Baseball Career Conference provides people of all ages with a desire to work in the MLB, minor league baseball, and collegiate baseball, insight and exposure they can't get anywhere else. This event puts you in the heart of the baseball universe. Baseball Winter Meetings* are not open to the public, however, the SMWW Baseball Career Conference will give you the opportunity to ask questions of Agents, Scouts, Analysts, Media and Player Personnel including:

  • Network with baseball executives at the major league, minor league, and collegiate level
  • Career guidance from the well-known major league, minor league, and collegiate level 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

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

Who Should Attend?

Anyone 18 years or older working on the business side of baseball, wanting to work in baseball, or baseball fans wanting to learn about the inner workings of the game. (17 and younger may attend with an adult.) This includes executives and staff at the major league and minor league level, MLB employees, scouts, agents, baseball writers and bloggers, baseball-related manufacturers and equipment companies, current, and former professional players, etc.




SMWW Baseball Career Conference sessions will take place in the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. The Hard Rock Hotel is 500 feet from Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, and across the street from the San Diego Convention Center which is hosting the 2019 Baseball Winter Meetings*. You can't get any closer than that! 

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
207 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Closest Airport: San Diego International (SAN)

Reserve Your Hotel Room Here

Book Rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel Here under the SMWW Group Block

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, December 8th
          2pm - Petco Park Tour - (Optional - RSVP Required) We can't catch a game but we can get behind the scenes in the ballpark. See "writer's row" in the press box, the dugout, Visitors' Clubhouse and Padres Hall of Fame. 

          5pm-7pm - Baseball Career Conference Welcome Reception will be at Hard Rock Hotel Rooftop by the pool with panoramic views of San Diego's best sights including the famous Coronado Bridge, the harbor, and the historic Gaslamp Sign. (Included with registration.) The dress is casual. 

Hardrock rooftop

Monday, December 9th 
          8am-5pm - All day Baseball Career Conference with exciting and informative panels all day is in a Hard Rock Hotel Conference room with a balcony overlooking the famous Gaslamp Quarter arch. (Included with registration.)

          12-1pm -  The Baseball Career Conference Networking Lunch will be on the Hard Rock Hotel Woodstock Terrace (Astroturf lawn) offering birds-eye views of San Diego during the day. (Included with registration.)

           5:30pm-12 midnight - The networking at the Winter Meetings is legendary. You are on your own, but our SMWW Staff and Faculty will be available to support and assist you. (On your own.)

Tuesday, December 10th - The Baseball Industry Network Meet Up. (Location is TBA. ) The Baseball Industry Network has over 34,000 members. This is a Linkedin networking group open to individuals working in and/or connected to the baseball industry and you are invited! Bring your business cards and practice your networking skills. The group covers the full gamut of people working throughout the game.  (On your own.)

Why San Diego in December?

San Diego averages a daily maximum temperature for December between 67 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit or 19 to 22 degrees Celsius. Register now and pack your sunglasses!

What's near the Hard Rock Hotel?

• Gaslamp Quarter - At the Entrance
• Convention Center - Across the Street
• PETCO Park - 1 Block
• Seaport Village - 0.7 mile
• U.S.S. Midway - 1 mile
• Balboa Park - 2 miles
• San Diego Zoo - 2.8 miles
• Old Town - 4 miles
• San Diego Airport (SAN) - 4.1 miles
• Coronado Island - 5.5 miles
• University of San Diego - 6 miles
• SeaWorld San Diego - 8.8 miles
• Qualcomm Stadium - 8.5 miles
• Mission Beach - 9 miles
• Viejas Arena - 10 miles
• Cabrillo National Monument - 11 miles
• La Jolla - 14 miles
• Tijuana, Mexico - 15 miles
• Sleep Train Amphitheatre - 15 miles
• Del Mar Racetrack - 22 miles

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 or baseball organization, some own baseball academies or schools, a few are college students who want to get ahead before graduation, others work full time in another industry but want to switch careers or scout on the side, while some are looking to break into the industry.  All have a PASSION for baseball. Following their presentations, most speakers chat one on one with attendees. Most attendees come alone and find lifetime friends with a love of the game! Many 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

2019 Agenda

Note: The 2019 conference agenda will be constantly changing up until the week of the event. We work with our speakers and panels around their team meetings. Team meetings are scheduled one week prior to the event. Speakers are not guaranteed. However, you can keep checking back as we add speakers and make changes. We always have a great schedule. You will love it!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

2 - 4 pm - Petco Park Tour (Optional)

5 - 7 pm Our Famous SMWW Welcome Reception 

Come network with baseball executives, SMWW Staff, and fellow baseball conference attendees. Held at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego Rooftop by the pool. This combines the energy of a San Diego party with epic nighttime views of the San Diego, talking baseball and networking with people who work on the business side of baseball. The welcome reception is always a great time. Everyone there is excited about the career conference, learning from each other, meeting baseball executives, sharing a few adult beverages, and playing some poolside games like Cornhole.  It's optional…but you really shouldn't miss it! Hor d'oeuvres and first drink will be on SMWW. (Dress is casual)

Monday, December 9, 2019 

8:00am - 5:00pm SMWW Baseball Career Conference Sessions:
Diverse speaker panels approximately every hour including scouting, marketing, management, media, public relations, digital video editing, athlete representation, broadcasting, and sports career strategies.

8:00 am - Check-In is Open. Coffee & pastries

8:30 am - Opening Remarks with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook - How to get the most out of the Winter Meetings

1-on-1 Coffee with John Boggs

  • (Moderator) Dan Evans, former MLB GM & former MLB Agent
  • John Boggs, MLB Certified Agent
  • Mike Matheny, Kansas City Royals Special Advisor/former player

The Player Agent Relationship

  • (Moderator) Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President, and Founder
  • Oscar Suarez, MLB Agent
  • Phil Van Horn, MLB Agent
  • Sylvia Lind, MLB Agent

Careers in Sports Communications (Media, Journalism, Broadcasting)

  • (Moderator) Dan Evans, former MLB GM & former MLB Agent
  • Alexis Collins, Baseball Prospectus Writer
  • Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports Lead Baseball Writer
  • ​To Be Announced

Noon - SMWW Networking Lunch - provided with conference registration - Hard Rock Hotel Woodstock Terrace (Astroturf lawn) offering birds-eye views and the fresh ocean air of San Diego.

Opportunities in Independent Baseball 

  • Gabe Suarez, San Rafael Pacifics Owner/former player
  • Erin O'Donnell, Gwinnett Stripers Assistant General Manager

It Begins with Scouting 

  • (Moderator) Dan Evans, former MLB GM & former MLB Agent
  • Hank Jones, 40 years LA Dodger Scout & SMWW Faculty
  • To Be Announced

It's A Numbers Game (Baseball Analytics)

  • (Moderator) Ari Kaplan, Scoutables President, and MLB Analyst; SMWW Faculty
  • Scott Bush, SABR CEO
  • Andrew Engel, DataRobot Data Scientist and General Manager, Sports, and Gaming
  • Joseph Myers, Ph.D., Tampa Bay Rays Director Baseball Performance Science

5:00 pm - Closing Remarks with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook 

5:30 pm -Join the frenzy of the Baseball Winter Meetings* in the San Diego Convention Center & downtown hotel lobbies. Experience the heart of the action!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (Optional)

The Baseball Industry Network Meet Up- In the morning, the exact time and place to be announced.

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

Registration Now Open!
Early Bird discount available until November 15

This event is limited to the first 200.

Conference Registration includes:

Prices Increase November 15

General Admission : $325 $300 USD


College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni : $275 $250 USD


Team, Agency Employees & SMWW Agents : $300 $275 USD

** Please note that the conference fee does not include flight or hotel accommodations.

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


SMWW’s Industry Leading Courses Featured In:


2019 Featured Speakers
*Speakers are subject to change.

John Boggs
John Boggs and Associates President & CEO
Scott Bush
SABR Chief Executive Officer
Tim Mead
Baseball Hall of Fame President
Erin O'Donnell
Gwinnett Stripers Assistant General Manager
Dan Evans
Former LA Dodgers GM & former Toronto Blue Jays Scout
Hank Jones
Former LA Dodgers Scout
Craig Calcaterra
HardballTalk at NBC Sports.com Lead Blogger
Ari Kaplan
Scoutables Founder & Baseball Analytics Leader
Andrew Engel
DataRobot Data Scientist and General Manager, Sports and Gaming
Cory Schwartz
Major League Baseball Vice President Data Operations
Joseph Myers, Ph.D.
Tampa Bay Rays Director of Baseball Performance Science
Oscar Suarez
MLBPA Agent, SMWW Faculty
Gabriel Suarez
San Rafael Pacifics President and Owner
Lynn Lashbrook
President & Founder of SMWW. Certified Sports Agent. Former NCAA Athletic Director.

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

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 a 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. 


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!