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This past week I spent my time at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN. I was fortunate to be able to attend the Baseball Winter Meetings for the second straight year through NYU and interact with people looking to break into the business, people who will lead the business for the next decade and people who are now looking back on their time of being at the top and willing to share their stories and experiences.
While ESPN and MLB Network were showing 24 hour coverage of the annual get together of MLB front office officials, trade rumors and signings, there were also a number of other activities taking place as well such as workshops, team dinners including representatives from all levels of the franchise (rookie ball to the majors), seminars, a Job Fair and people catching up or just meeting each other. Through NYU I was able to go down to Nashville and participate in almost every single aspect of the Winter Meetings (my invitation to the Yankees organization dinner must have gotten lost in the mail), and can say that once again it reaffirmed my aspiration to work in the baseball industry.
Some experiences I took away were interviewing with some minor league teams and baseball statistical organizations, sitting in on a Baseball Operations seminar hosted by the Cleveland Indians and getting to meet a number of individuals from different aspects of baseball. While the Winter meetings can be an extremely overwhelming experience, take it from me there are others out there who are willing to help or offer advice since they too were in your position not so long ago and I can’t say how much I appreciated their time and advice.
I also can’t stress enough what a great resource and friend Johanna was this past week as she took a number of students under her wing and helped them connect with a number of individuals in the league and helped them further their careers. I hope I can be there next year again to continue catching up with people I’ve met and get to meet others with similar hopes and ambitions.