2010 MLB INDUSTRY MEETINGS

I was one of about 25 Reds employees to attend the Major League Baseball Industry Meetings in Orlando this week.  The Industry Meetings is basically a 3-day “best practices” seminar where MLB team representatives from each club, working in every capacity of the game – from human resources and ticketing to marketing and media relations – get together in several different sessions to talk about what has worked best around the league.  The emphasis is more on the business end of the sport, rather than the actual on-field operations. 

Some of the sessions I attended were more focused on social media and media relations, for example: “Public Relations Campaign Studies: Maximizing Results in a Changing Media Landscape” featured discussions about the rise of social media (Facebook, blogs, Twitter, etc) and how clubs are implementing it to influence the business tactics of their organizations.  “Communicating and Managing Issues in a Crisis” was one of my favorite seminars, as it dealt with three specific teams and how they encountered crises during the season and how they successfully dealt with those situations, including what role social media played in influencing those results. 

It was a very informative trip and for the most part all of the sessions I attended were interesting.  We were treated to a session with Commissioner Selig in which he gave a “state of the game” address.  During one of the general sessions, MLB Network was invited to give a round table discussion with panelists Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds and host Greg Amsinger

All told there were nearly 75 sessions, including a team building activity on Monday night where all Industry Meetings attendees were placed in groups of 5 or 6, with each group assembling a bicycle for a child from the Boys and Girls Club.  We even got the chance to meet the kids we built bikes for.  It was really cool.

Oddly enough, I’ll be returning to Orlando in less than 3 weeks to attend the MLB Winter Meetings, which is similar to the Industry Meetings, but with more of an emphasis on the baseball on-field operations of the game (I’ll blog more about that when the time comes).

Here are some photos from my trip…

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I stayed at the Dolphin, where the Industry Meetings took place in various conference rooms. The lady who checked me in saw from my license that I was from Cincinnati and informed me that she had just moved to Orlando from Hamilton, OH.  I was shocked and told her that I grew up and went to school in Hamilton.  She countered that she moved from a specific area of Hamilton called Lindenwald.  Even more surprised, I replied that my childhood home was in Lindenwald.  Come to find out, she lived 2 blocks from where I grew up.  It truly is a small world after all.

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Reds staffers Lorrie Platt, Lauren Werner and Zach Bonkowski

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This photo and some of the photos below are from the teambuilding seminar where we built bikes for children from the local Boys and Girls Club.  I was on Team 4 and we kicked butt!

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Our team named itself “Team Tommy” after the young man we were building the bike for.  That’s him, second from the left, supervising our work. 

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Team Tommy!  Tommy’s a very sweet kid and was super excited about getting a new bike.

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The finished product.  Here’s hoping, for Tommy’s safety, that we put this thing together correctly!  (editor’s note: we actually had real mechanics go over the final product to make sure it was safe).

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After the day’s meetings ended, I took a stroll on the Boardwalk and encountered this interesting gentleman putting on a juggling show for onlookers of all ages (mostly kids).

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About 50 yards down the Boardwalk from the juggler was the Magic Man…

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I asked him if he could make Roy Halladay’s no-hitter in the NLDS disappear.  Alas, he couldn’t…Amateur. 

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Here’s a photo from the MLB Network discussion with panelists Greg Amsinger (at the podium), Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Peter Gammons and Al Leiter.

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Reds staffer Zach Bonkowski was asked to deliver a presentation about Redsfest during one of the sessions…

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Unfortunately, midway through the presentation, Zach’s head started spinning around and his eyes became laser beams.  After he started shooting lighting bolts out of his fingers, he had to be removed from the podium and placed in the IT session where he quickly fell asleep.

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Vice President of Ballpark Operations Declan Mullin shows off the prestigious TEAM Award that was given to the Cincinnati Reds for its training certification and designated-driver program.

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Good ol’ fashion rock-n-roll, ladies and gentlemen.

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In line for “Soarin'”

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Industry Meetings attendees were invited to a night at Epcot on Tuesday evening.  Here’s everyone waiting for the nightly fireworks show…

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Here’s Commissioner Selig giving a 2-hour presentation on the awesomeness of Better Off Red.

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CONTEST ALERT!

The tenth person to correctly guess how many total sessions I attended at the MLB Industry Meetings will receive a free 2010 MLB Industry Meetings t-shirt (size L).  I’ll even throw in a free Better Off Red t-shirt (size L).  To “guess,” you must comment on THIS blog post (not the Facebook post and not on any other prior blog post).

Fine print rules:

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I will notify the winner via email.

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Thanks for logging on!!!  I really appreciate it!

Jamie

 

61 Comments

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Great blog Jamie. I think if I was you I would be asking people to pinch me. What an awesome thing to be part of. I am going to guess 5

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What the heck….I’ll guess eleven. I’m probably way off but that’s all right, LOL ;)

BTW-Your captions are still awesome! =D

I’m going with my lucky number 13 :)

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My math isn’t that great but I am going to say 7!

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Well who’s going to rush to comment knowing that you have to be #10 to win? I’ll take one for the team and say 5. Hope you had fun at your meetings – Yay Epcot!!

7?
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Well knowing what a contienious guy you are I’ll guess you attended 12 meetings that’s 4 a day. Great photo’s as usual. thanks Jamie!

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Great trip report! And your Illuminations photos make me want to start planning another trip down!! :)
Humm… lots of stuff in between sessions to do and take in…each session around 2 hours long, give or take…. soooo
I’ll go with

11 sessions …. sounds productive anyway!!

glad you’re back, relaxed and rejuvenated!! :)

I’m guessing 6.

Great read. Good stuff Jamie, way to represent. My guess is going to be 11. twitter- Tonester5

one more time 11 sessions – lol

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The things we’ll do for a t-shirt (or two!) LOL
Humm.. correct answer is already there..just not #10 on the list yet!
11 again! only third time though…

5, 7, 11

5, 7, 11

5, 7, 10, 11

5, 7, 10, 11

10

gotta be 10 bc no one else has hardly guessed it and there’s been plenty of 11’s

My guess is 11… candlesticks are always nice! :)

My guess is 11… candlesticks are always nice! :)

My guess is 11… candlesticks are always nice! :)

Diez (Spanish)

TEN (Pearl Jam album reference)

My reading comprehension is really bad these days, please endulge me for a rant. In your blog/article there is a comment about “around 75 total sessions” for the meetings. There is also a comment of several (7) sessions for each group to attend. I also see there are individual comments of 5 different sessions you attended; 2 Media, 1 MLB panel, 1 Commish Selig, and 1 Team Building (Team Tommy). So, I’d like to reguess that the answer is 5, 7, and 75! LMAO Oh, and to be safe 11..again….hehehehehehe…

Hmmm…11 seems to be gaining momentum but I’m going to stick with 5. My guess is 5 again.

And since we can make multiple guesses per comment I’ll guess 5 again.

And for my next guess: 5

In honor of Big D, a guess for 5

In honor of TNT, a guess for 5

And one final guess, I’ll go with 5.

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11

Bob, I mean Jim, I’m going to bid $1 — oh dang, wrong show! Jamie – Guess 5 – am I desperate for a BOR shirt or what!?

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Nueve?

Hmmm. With 75 total sessions available over 3 days, I think readers are selling you short on the number you attended. I’m guessing you attended at least 6 per day, so I’m going with 18.

definitely 9

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NINE
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Nine(r)

18

Whoops, just saw your tweet that the correct answer had already been guessed. Sorry for giving you too much credit!

9

14, 11, 9, 18

Well since any semblance of rules (or even guidelines) seem to have gone out the window I’ll guess 9, eleventy-seven, blue, and George Washington. :-)

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9

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7

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10

25?

My guess is 16. Looks like you managed to have fun while you where there! :o)

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