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2017 Winter Meetings - Agenda and Events



Sunday, December 10

PBEO Job Fair7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Business of Baseball Workshop9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Banquet7 - 9 p.m.

Monday, December 11

Baseball Winter Meetings Fun Run6:30 - 8 a.m.
PBEO Job Fair8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Opening Session9 - 10 a.m.
Bob Freitas Business Seminar10:10 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Awards Luncheon12:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Moving Diversity Forward2:40 - 4:50 p.m.
Opening Night at the Baseball Trade Show5 - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, December 12

PBEO Job Fair8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Baseball Trade Show9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bob Freitas Business Seminar9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Women in Baseball Leadership Event3 - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13

Baseball Trade Show9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Job seekers will not be allowed access from 1 - 4 p.m.)
PBEO Job Fair9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closing Session4 - 5 p.m.
Gala7 - 10 p.m.

Thursday, December 14

Rule 5 Draft9 - 11 a.m.

A full schedule of events, including league meetings, is available by clicking here. Event times are subject to change without notice.

Bob Freitas Business Seminar

Attendees listen attentively during a Bob Freitas Business Seminar session.

Special Events

Business of Baseball Workshop

The Business of Baseball Workshop features executives from the baseball industry, giving job seekers an insider's perspective into the business and what it takes to make it. Past speakers have included Minor League Baseball club presidents, chief operating officers and general managers, and Major League Baseball executives. Job seekers will also hear directly from Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner.


This annual event features the presentation of some of baseball's most prestigious awards, honoring outstanding clubs and individuals from the industry. Awards being given include the King of Baseball, John H. Johnson President's Award, Larry MacPhail Award, Warren Giles Award, Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award, Mike Coolbaugh Award, John Henry Moss Community Service Award and Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award.

For more information on these awards, visit the Baseball Winter Meetings Awards page.

Baseball Winter Meetings Fun Run

The 2017 Baseball Winter Meetings Fun Run will take place on Monday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 a.m., at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Participants will have the option of running or walking a one-mile course or continue on a longer 5K course around the resort area. You will start and finish the race between the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. The event is not timed and will take place rain or shine.

Registration is $20 in advance and includes participation, a T-shirt and a light snack at the finish line. All proceeds will benefit Minor League Baseball Charities, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to giving back to and enhancing the communities our teams call home.

Click HERE to register today!

Opening Session

The Opening Session serves as the official kickoff of the Baseball Winter Meetings, introducing attendees to the week's calendar of scheduled seminars and events. The morning slate, which precedes the Awards Luncheon, features a series of opening remarks, presentation of the League Executive of the Year Awards and Presidential Citations, followed by the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award recognitions. The morning event concludes with individual addresses from Minor League Baseball Vice President Stan Brand and Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner.

Bob Freitas Business Seminar

A staple of the Baseball Winter Meetings for more than two decades, the Bob Freitas Business Seminar continues its tradition of educating club executives. Freitas tracks include Sales & Marketing, Digital Media, Licensing & Merchandising, Communications and Fielder's Choice.

Attendees will have the chance to hear from speakers and moderators from both inside and outside of the baseball industry, all offering valuable insight that can be applied to their operation. Past speakers have represented not only Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball, but have also included the National Football League, the National Hockey League, marketing companies, merchandise vendors and law firms.

To view this year’s Bob Freitas Business Seminar agenda, click here.

Awards Luncheon

The annual 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 Award, 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 The Bob Freitas Awards. The Awards Luncheon is attended by more than 1,000 individuals and is a way for attendees from both Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball to honor their peers and colleagues.

Dylan Cozens

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Dylan Cozens (L) accepts the Joe Bauman Award from Major League Baseball's Fred Seymour at the 2016 Awards Luncheon.

Moving Diversity Forward

Hear from experts in the field of diversity and inclusion as well as executives in the baseball industry who have found success establishing diverse practices within their respective organizations and communities. The primary focus is providing the business case for diversity and exploring strategies clubs can employ to promote diversity within the industry. ONLY Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball club personnel are eligible to attend.

For more information about the event, contact Vincent Pierson at or 727-456-1704.

Opening Night at the Baseball Trade Show

Opening Night at the Baseball Trade Show provides the first opportunity for exhibitors and attendees 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 check out the latest baseball products and make purchases for equipment, player apparel, retail merchandise, promotional items and services.

For more information on the Baseball Trade Show, visit

Women in Baseball Leadership Event

Join other remarkable and talented women in the baseball industry at the 10th annual Women in Baseball Leadership Event! This event is specifically designed to help support women who have chosen a career in baseball, and currently work for a Minor League Baseball or Major League Baseball team or league. Whether you are a first-year executive, a seasoned pro or someone in between, you will walk away with something to integrate into your life -- both personally and professionally -- to help elevate your success. You will be able to discuss the opportunities, challenges and career paths other women have taken to empower yourself and your colleagues in today's competitive workplace.

Don't miss this opportunity to have important career conversations, build new skills, open your mind to different perspectives and make lasting connections. To RSVP or for more information, contact Mary Marandi at or 727-456-1780.

Closing Session

The penultimate event at the Baseball Winter Meetings, the Closing Session caps the week's events preceding the Gala. Open to all attendees, the session begins with a roll call of League Presidents, followed by voting on proposed amendments to baseball's governing documents. A necrology commemorating baseball family members who passed away during the year follows. Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner closes the annual Baseball Winter Meetings at the conclusion of the Closing Session.


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 Resort's pool and cabana areas, this year's Gala will provide a beautiful setting for an evening full of great food, cocktails and mingling among your peers and colleagues.

2015 Gala in Nashville

Attendees enter Nationals Park for the Gala at the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings.


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