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2013 Winter Meetings - Agenda/Events


2013 Baseball Winter Meetings schedule
Date Time
Monday, December 9  
Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop Series 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
PBEO Job Fair 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Opening Session 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Awards Luncheon 12:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Opening Night at the Baseball Trade Show 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10  
PBEO Job Fair 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Baseball Trade Show 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bob Freitas Workshop Series (30-minute track sessions on show floor)
Women in Baseball Leadership Event 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11  
PBEO Job Fair 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Baseball Trade Show 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bob Freitas Workshop Series (30-minute track sessions on show floor)
Gala 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 12  
Closing Session 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Banquet 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

A full schedule of events, including league meetings is now available (click here for full schedule). Event times are subject to change without notice. Check back regularly for up-to-date information.

PBEO Job Fair

Currently in its 20th year of existence, the PBEO Job Fair gives individuals seeking employment in the baseball industry the opportunity to meet face to face with club executives and interview onsite for a variety of available positions. The process is simple and streamlined.  Job fair attendees can search jobs ranging from internships to full-time positions, then apply, interview and receive offers all while at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

With December marking the height of the baseball hiring season, an average of 400-500 jobs are posted each year for between 450-550 job seekers. Most clubs are hiring for positions beginning in January 2014, with short season clubs hiring for later in the year. For a list of short season clubs, visit the classification page on For more information on PBEO and the Job Fair, visit 

Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop Series

A staple of the Baseball Winter Meetings for more than two decades, the Bob Freitas Business Seminar continues its tradition of delivering insightful speakers and attention-grabbing topics to attendees. Morning breakout sessions, featuring presenters from the baseball world and beyond, provide valuable insight into the sports industry and its practices.  Past Freitas categories have included Sales & Marketing, Covering Your Bases, Grand Slam Operations, Licensing & Merchandise and Community & Media Relations. Organizations can benefit from the information offered by a diverse list of presenters.           

This year, the Monday afternoon roundtable setup, which has typically taken place in a large ballroom-type setting, is being replaced with a number of smaller rooms for improved communication. The new model, called the Bob Freitas Workshop Series, will allow for closer interaction among attendees in a quieter, smaller location. Featuring a room for each track (as in the mornings), a moderator will present a topic and then allow those in attendance to share their experiences and ideas on it with the group. Two sessions will be held simultaneously in each room. 

Part of this updated programming includes having additional educational and learning experiences during the morning and afternoon on the trade show floor on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Two informal workshop locations will feature speakers and discussions, giving attendees the freedom to stop in for a few minutes while walking the trade show floor or stay for the entire 30-minute session. The new format will allow participants to experience more speakers than ever before, hear a wider variety of relevant topics, and have further opportunities to exchange and share ideas with their colleagues.    

Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by Musco Sports Lighting, the Awards Luncheon recognizes some of the top individuals and clubs within the game of baseball. Highlights of the event include opening remarks from Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner, followed by award presentations for the Joe Bauman Trophy, Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year, Bowie Kuhn Award, Sports Turf Managers of the Year, Scouts of the Year, Baseball America Organization of the Year and Bob Freitas Awards. The Awards Luncheon is attended by more than 1,000 individuals each year and serves as a way for attendees from both Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball to honor their peers and colleagues.

Opening Night at the Baseball Trade Show

Known as the “kick-off” of the Baseball Trade Show, Opening Night gives exhibitors and attendees their first opportunity to network and socialize on the trade show floor. With more than 250 companies exhibiting their products and services, the Baseball Trade Show is the ideal setting to make purchases for equipment, player apparel, retail merchandise, promotional items and services or to simply check out the latest baseball products available on the market. For more information, visit

Women in Baseball Leadership Event

The Women in Baseball Leadership Event is marking its sixth consecutive year at this year's Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla. This networking opportunity is available to women currently employed directly with a Minor League Baseball or Major League Baseball club or league. These interactive discussions and presentations are intended to promote professional development and networking. Since the event's inception, sessions have covered such topics as: effective communication strategies, networking, putting your ideas into action, building your personal brand, motivating yourself and others, developing your leadership style and much more. To RSVP or to find out more about how this event can benefit you both personally and professionally, contact Heather Raburn at, or (727) 456-1777. Space is limited and is reserved on a first come, first serve basis.


Sponsored by New Era Cap, Essensa, Rawlings and K&K Insurance, the Gala’s laid-back atmosphere and casual social setting offers Baseball Winter Meetings attendees, Baseball Trade Show exhibitors and job seekers a chance to network and socialize beyond the week’s scheduled meetings. Taking place in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts pool and cabana areas, this year’s Gala will provide an evening full of great food, cocktails and mingling among your peers and colleagues.


Sponsored by Major League Baseball and New Era Cap, this annual event recognizes some of the most prestigious awards in the baseball industry including the King of Baseball, the John H. Johnson President’s Award, the Larry MacPhail Promotional Award, the Warren Giles Award, the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award and the Mike Coolbaugh Award. An addition to this year’s list of awards is the newly-created John Henry Moss Community Service Award, which recognizes a club that has demonstrated an outstanding, on-going commitment to charitable service and has exhibited support and leadership within its local community and the baseball industry. This year's Banquet entertainment will be Tom Cotter, comedian. Tom Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm since finishing in second place on America's Got Talent in 2012. Tom was the first comedian ever to be a finalist on the show and was the highest-finishing human being on the show that year. Tom is currently shooting a TV pilot for NBC and Freemantle Productions to host a reality series set to air in the winter of 2014. To read more about Tom, please visit

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