GREETINGS FROM SAN DIEGO! #WINTERMEETINGS
Hello from beautiful San Diego, California USA!
For the past several years, I’ve been privileged to attend the MLB Winter Meetings as a member of the Reds Media Relations staff, and I must say, there’s no better place to have this event than here in “America’s Finest City.”
My colleagues and I arrived yesterday at Winter Meetings headquarters where representatives of all 30 Major League teams AND their minor league affiliates spend the week attending seminars, league meetings and organizational meetings. There’s also a tremendous national and local media presence to cover this premier off-season event. A baseball job fair and trade show accompanies the meetings, and there are many banquets, award luncheons and galas for team/league personnel to attend.
Last night, one of the Reds’ very own front office staffers was honored at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet. Lois Hudson, Reds director of minor league administration, became the seventh annual recipient of the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award, presented to an individual with distinguished service who has been instrumental in player development.
Lois gave a very touching speech after accepting an award named after her long-time boss and friend, the late Chief Bender.
“Lois Hudson’s dedication, perseverance and work ethic have been vital to the success of the Cincinnati Reds’ player development department and has been throughout her 30-year career with the Reds,” said Walt Jocketty, President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Cincinnati Reds. “In fact, her tireless efforts transcend our entire organization.”
My obligations this week include attending the daily Public Relations meetings, where my colleagues from all 30 teams (and MLB PR) discuss topics and issues that directly affect us as a PR/media relations “family.”
This year, we are missing a member of that family – Monica Barlow, 36, was the Orioles public relations director who succumbed to lung cancer in February. To help honor her legacy, MLB PR staffers have created a unique auction to benefit LUNGevity, the country’s largest lung cancer advocacy group.
— MLB (@MLB) December 8, 2014
Each manager of the 30 Major League teams has an obligation at the Winter Meetings to hold a one-time 30-minute press conference to discuss a variety of baseball topics, usually related specifically to his ball club. Reds manager Bryan Price was the first up this afternoon. You can read the full transcript of his session here>> BryanPriceWinterMeetings.
— MLB (@MLB) December 8, 2014
Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty is scheduled to meet with Cincinnati media each day of the Winter Meetings. You can read about what Mr. Jocketty has to say on Mark Sheldon’s blog, Mark My Word.
In disappointing news today, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s “Golden Era Committee” failed to elect legendary general manager Bob Howsam as a 2015 Cooperstown inductee. Excuse me for saying so (and not to overstate it), but the fact that Howsam will not officially be recognized as a most-deserving member of Baseball’s prestigious fraternity is nothing short of a travesty.
How would you like to win one of these…
Tweet me (@Jamieblog) a screen shot of your donation to LUNGevity using the hashtag #ForMonica and I’ll select a random winner each day this week (Monday-Friday).
Here’s a photo of this morning’s MLB PR breakfast….
Can we please have the Winter Meetings in San Diego every year? Please and thank you.
That’s all for now! More in a bit.
Expect good news,