2018 Baseball Career Conference  

December 9-10, 2018                
Las Vegas, Nevada

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 are  Baseballl Winter Meetings*?
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. In December 2018, the Baseball Winter Meetings are hosted at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

What is the SMWW Baseball Career Conference?
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!

 Why should you attend?
Our annual Baseball Career Conference provides people of all ages with a desire to work in the MLB, minor league baseball, and collegiate baseball, an insight and exposure they can't get anywhere else. This one day 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 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.



SMWW Baseball Career Conference sessions will take place in the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The Four Seasons is a 5-Star Hotel located in the Mandalay Bay tower, on the iconic Las Vegas strip. The 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings* are held in the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Our event is in the Four Seasons Hotel which is inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. You can't get any closer than that! 

Four Seasons in Mandalay Bay  
3960 S Las Vegas Blvd 
Las Vegas, Nevada

Closest AirportMcCarran International Airport

Who Should Attend

Anyone 18 years or older working on the business side of baseball or wanting to work in baseball! (17 and younger may attend with an adult.)

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

Sunday, December 09, 2018

5:00 - 7:00pm  Our Famous SMWW Welcome Reception (optional)Beer Park at Paris on the Las Vegas Strip
Beer Park by Budweiser
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 (Paris Las Vegas)

Come network with baseball executives, SMWW Staff and fellow baseball conference attendees. Held at Beer Park by Budweiser, The Las Vegas Strip's first rooftop bar & grill, Beer Park combines the energy of a Las Vegas party with tailgating fun & all-American cuisine on an enclosed patio with spectacular views of the famous Las Vegas Strip. 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 a few classic bar games like cornhole, giant Jenga, pool, and darts.  It's optional…but you really shouldn't miss it! Hor d'eourves and first drink will be on SMWW. (Dress is casual. All ages welcome until 9pm at Beer Park.)

Monday, December 10, 2018

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.

Note: below is the agenda from 2017. We share this to give you an idea of what the day is like. Speakers will be different but topics will be similar. :The 2018 conference agenda will be constantly changing up until the week of the event. We work our speakers and panels around their team meetings. 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!

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 
5:30pm -
Join the frenzy of the Baseball Winter Meetings* in the Mandalay Bay Lobby which is next to the Four Seasons Lobby. Experience the heart of the action!

Registration Now Open:

(This event is limited to the first 125.)

Conference Registration includes:  

  • Name badge & credentials
  • Registration packet
  • All conference sessions on Monday in the Four Seasons Hotel in Mandalay Bay
  • Monday Networking Lunch in the Four Seasons Hotel in Mandalay Bay
  • Sunday Night Welcome Reception at Beer Park

General Admission:  $300

College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni:  $250

Team, Agency Employees & SMWW Agents:  $275

** Please note, conference fee does not include hotel accommodations. Speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more speakers will know their team meeting schedules.

Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Please register online in advance. Due to limited space this year, the event will sell out.


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. 


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. 


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!