2015 Winter Meetings
The 2015 Winter Meetings in Nashville are underway and I’m one of the many Minor League Baseball front office members on hand to take part in the week’s festivities.
While there is a lot to do — I am looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces around the game. With the 2016 season set to be my 10th working in a professional baseball front office, it seems like there are more and more people I know each year.
I attended my first Winter Meetings two years ago when they were held in Orlando, FL. They were at Disney World — which was great! I didn’t see Mickey or Minnie, but I did get a chance to see many great people around MLB and MiLB.
Overall, my first experience was a good one. I was there in part for a joint announcement between the Chicago White Sox and Charlotte Knights. We announced our six-year extension of our Player Development Contract with Chicago, which runs through 2020. It was also the December before moving into BB&T Ballpark, so things were also very busy back home in Uptown.
With two more seasons now under my belt, it’s exciting for me to be back at the Winter Meetings. It’s also my first opportunity to see Nashville, which is a beautiful city.
Our staff made out 6+ hour drive on Sunday and arrived in Music City around 5:30 PM on Sunday night. We’re staying with thousands of other baseball people at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, which is amazing. This place has everything!
Upon arriving, I made sure to take a walk around the hotel and see where everything would be for the week. I immediately looked for the media area, which I am fortunate to have access to — thanks to the White Sox. It’s nice to be able to sit down in the media work room and get some work done. That’s a big part of why I am here. Another reason I am here is that I have an opportunity to speak on Wednesday as part of the Bob Freitas Workshop Series.
While I enjoy speaking — and talking baseball — I must admit, I am nervous. Talking baseball on the radio is fun. Talking in front of a crowd — not so much.
I’m looking forward to Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. as I’ll be speaking about how a Minor League Baseball team stays relevant in a Major League market. Being a baseball PR Director in the City of Charlotte is tough at times. It’s a crowded market. There’s the NFL, the NBA, NASCAR, and much more. In my speech, I plan to show that while it’s not easy to compete for coverage, there is a way to maximize coverage. There’s still enough to go around.
I’ll have blogs, photos, and tons more throughout the week. Stay tuned for updates!