ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball has released the official schedule of events for the 2014 Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego, California. Returning to "America's Finest City" after nearly three decades, this year's annual convention will begin Sunday, Dec. 7 and conclude Thursday, Dec. 11. Complete Baseball Winter Meetings information is available at www.BaseballWinterMeetings.com.
Two notable schedule changes include the annual Banquet and the Closing Session. The Banquet, where a number of Minor League Baseball's top awards, including the King of Baseball, the John H. Johnson President's Award, Larry MacPhail Award, Mike Coolbaugh Award, Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award and John Henry Moss Community Service Award are presented, will be moved to Sunday night. The event has traditionally been held on the final day of the convention. The Closing Session will be moved to Wednesday afternoon, having been on Thursday in years past.
The Gala will take place at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, on Wednesday evening. The laid-back atmosphere and casual social setting of the event will allow attendees, exhibitors and job seekers the opportunity to network and socialize outside of the week's scheduled meetings, while experiencing a spectacular look inside the ballpark. With stunning views of San Diego Bay and the San Diego skyline, the ballpark is situated in the heart of downtown San Diego, adjacent to the Gaslamp District and the Convention Center. The venue is located across the street from the host hotel, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, and other convention hotels, and connected by the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge.
The day-by-day schedule of core events is as follows:
- Sunday, Dec. 7: Business of Baseball Workshop, PBEO Job Fair, Banquet
- Monday, Dec. 8: PBEO Job Fair, Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop Series, Opening Session, Awards Luncheon, Opening Night at the Baseball Trade Show
- Tuesday, Dec. 9: PBEO Job Fair, Baseball Trade Show, Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop Series
- Wednesday, Dec. 10: PBEO Job Fair, Baseball Trade Show, Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop Series, Closing Session, Gala
- Thursday, Dec. 11: Rule 5 Draft
The 2015 Baseball Winter Meetings will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Dec. 6-10, 2015.