Have you ever wanted to attend the MLB Winter Meetings, ABCA Convention, SABR Analytics Conference or some other baseball show or event that was really expensive or far away? Because of COVID, many baseball meetings are now virtual. This means you may not need to travel or spend tons of money. Save every date on your calendar!
African American Women in Baseball
September 11–13, 2020 (virtual)
The 2nd annual Women in Baseball Conference is sponsored by SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center, and hosted by Rockford University.
In addition to learning about topics such as the Dolly Vardens, Maud Nelson, Tillie Ford, and the Hagerstown Mollys, there will also be a celebration of the Negro Leagues Centennial on Saturday night, with a special design unveiling for an outdoor pylon. The celebration will be followed by an announcement of the 2020 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
The featured speaker on Friday night will be Lauren Meyer, Emmy Award-nominated director of The Other Boys of Summer.
They’ll also have a Player Panel on Saturday morning with MLB’s Elizabeth Benn, Rachel Folden of the Chicago Cubs, Team Canada’s Marika Lyszczyk, Bianca Smith from Carroll University, and Madison Femia.
MiLB Innovators Summit
September 29–30, 2020 (virtual)
Minor League Baseball teams push the boundaries of entertainment to create experiences unlike any other in sports. In a typical year, these efforts drive over 40 million fans through the turnstiles.
This event will showcase what the sports industry has done, and will have to continue to do, to not just survive, but thrive. This mindset will connect all aspects of the event, as we hope every session will leave attendees with at least one takeaway that will help their organization successfully push forward.
- 60-plus educational opportunities.
- 37-plus hours of educational content.
- Hundreds of ideas shared.
- Discuss, plan and implement ideas for the following season.
MLB Baseball Winter Meetings – Baseball Trade Show
December 7–9, 2020 in Dallas, TX
Bringing the most influential minds in the baseball business together under one roof, the Baseball Trade Show encompasses everything Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball have to offer. This trade show is held in conjunction with the Baseball Winter Meetings. Join baseball executives, staff, media, exhibitors and job seekers from around the world as they converge at the Baseball Winter Meetings to network with peers, fill job and internship vacancies, attend informational workshops, discuss innovative industry trends and ideas and exchange best practices. Signature events include the Banquet, Awards Luncheon, Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Trade Show and Gala.
The Baseball Winter Meetings are not open to the general public. To attend, you must be a member of The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (Minor League Baseball), Major League Baseball or be designated as an Approved Non-Member. See how you can get yourself inside.
January 7–10, 2021 (virtual)
- 24 main-stage clinics
- 12 Youth Coaches presentations
- The Expo Theater
- Post-Clinic Q&A
- Hot Stoves
- Virtual networking opportunities and video meetings
- Hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their new products and innovations in the Virtual ABCA Trade Show
World Baseball Coaches Convention January 14–16, 2021 (virtual)
The presenters will be some of baseball’s very best minds from all levels and areas of the game. The Virtual Clinic will feature outstanding coaching education sessions, interactive question and answer sessions, roundtable discussions, outstanding attendee to presenter to exhibitor networking opportunities, a Virtual Exhibitor Zone, and more.
If we cannot gather in person, we will find ways to create an atmosphere virtually that provides coaches of all levels with the opportunity to elevate their coaching game and spend valuable time with other coaches.
MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
March 2021 in Boston, MA
The conference goal is to provide a forum for industry professionals (executives and leading researchers) and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the global sports industry. MIT Sloan is dedicated to fostering growth and innovation in this arena, and the conference enriches opportunities for learning about the sports business world. The conference is open to anyone interested in sports.
In 2020, guest speakers included Bill James (Former Senior Baseball Operations Advisor for the Boston Red Sox), Greg Cain (VP of Baseball Data for MLB), Jason Bernard (Baseball Research and Development Manager for MLB), and Jason Gaedtke (Chief Technology Officer for MLB).
SABR Analytics Conference
June 16–20, 2021 in Baltimore, MD
Each year, the top minds of the baseball analytic community gather to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. The event is a natural for SABR. The Society for American Baseball Research has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics.
Many talks from the July 2020 convention are available online now, free of charge.
National Sports Collectors Convention
July 28–August 1, 2021 in Chicago, IL
The National is an annual gathering of collectors, dealers and any other groups interested in collecting trading cards, autographs and other related memorabilia. The National is the event with the strongest tradition, best autograph guests, largest roster of dealers of vintage and new collectibles and the biggest selection of cards and memorabilia all under one roof. It’s been said, “If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the National, it probably doesn’t exist!”
The National is the event of the year, and is the place collectors, dealers, distributors, manufacturers, licensors and everyone else in the collectibles industry wants to be.
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Brett Rudy lives in Boston, Massachusetts where he created Baseball Is My Life, and is co-founder of Charity Hop Sports Marketing, helping athletes raise money for their philanthropic initiatives. Brett helped launch Charity Wines with more than 30 professional athletes, selling more than one million bottles of wine. Brett is also the creator of the Corked Bat Collection, 100 Innings of Baseball for ALS, the Cooperstown Classic at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Winterball for Toys for Tots. In his spare time, Brett plays outfield in the Boston Men’s Baseball League.