December 2010

Florida: Day Two



Monday at the Winter Meetings is the day of the Freitas Business Seminar.  In the morning, attendees gathered together to hear presentations about Social Networking, Successful Promotions, New Sales Techniques, and other new and improved ideas from members of the Minor League Baseball Community.  Following the presentations, there was an awards luncheon where the organizations of the year were honored.  An Elmore Sports Group (owners of the 66ers) won a prestigious award, as the Idaho Falls Chukars were chosen as Short-Season organization of the year.  Check out the link here for an article:  Congratulations to General Manager Kevin Greene and his very hard-working staff.


After lunch, it was “Roundtable Time” as attendees chose presentations to attend which included information about sales, marketing, operations, merchandising, community relations and website development.  These sessions were very informative and the 66ers look forward to implementing some of the programs at Arrowhead Credit Union Park this year.


Following the session in the lobby, Padres Manager Bud Black joined Chris Rose and the MLB Network team to discuss the finalized Adrian Gonzalez trade.  During this time, Kevin Towers, the new General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and representatives from the New York Yankees were busy working the phones.  Towers traded long-time third baseman Mark Reynolds to the Orioles and the Yankees were busy finalizing Derek Jeter’s extension and trying to see what it will take to acquire Cliff Lee.


Monday evening also included the Elmore Sports Group Dinner.  A special thank you goes out to Mr. Dave Elmore and his son D.G. Elmore who hosted the great event at the Blue Zoo Restaurant in the Dolphin Resort.  It was a festive evening and included representatives from all of the Elmore Sports Group teams:  Colorado Springs Sky Sox, San Antonio Missions, Idaho Falls Chukars, Eugene Emeralds, Helena Brewers, and Bakersfield Blaze.


What an exciting Monday in Orlando!  Can’t wait to see what happens on Tuesday.  In our next update, we will fill you in about any other player movement, the PBEO job fair, the Trade Show, and the Angels Cocktail Hour.

Far from a slow start…


photo3(new).jpgThe staff arrived in Orlando on Sunday for the 2010 Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando.  After landing at the airport and a short cab ride to Walt Disney World, we checked into the host hotel, the The Swan and Dolphin. 


The lobby was abuzz with Major League owners and general managers, Minor League staffs, agents and media from around the globe in anticipation for a week of action.  Major League Baseball put the final touches on their broadcast set right by a large Christmas Tree in the center of the lobby for MLB Network.


Usually the first day is pretty calm and just a bunch of old pals meeting by the bar and catching up.  But in the middle of the afternoon slate of NFL games, people started talking about a big signing.  When people found out the Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a 7 year, 126 million dollar deal, reaction was plentiful.  People expected him to get 4-5 years and around 80-90 million.  They were astonished that he got the payday that he did…and nonetheless that it was from a team like the Washington Nationals.


So much for a quiet first day.  Will be back later with the happenings of Monday from the Winter Meetings!

Gearing Up

photo2(new).jpgThings are kicking into high gear in Orlando.  If you’re watching the coverage of these meetings on TV this week, you’ll definitely recognize this set! 

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wintermeetings.jpgThis weekend, about half of the 66ers staff will leave to join the entire baseball world in sunny Central Florida for the 2010 Baseball Winter Meetings.

For those of you unaware, the Winter Meetings are an annual get-together of baseball professionals from across the country.  You’ll find Minor League executives — from places like Casper, WY, Yakima, WA or Mobile, AL — all the way up to the General Manager and owners of some of the biggest of Big League teams from across the nation.  Walk into the lobby of the host hotel and you’re liable to run into Hall of Fame players from any era or a young college-grad looking to begin a career in the industry.  It’s truly a mesh of people unlike anywhere else.

But big things happen at the Baseball Winter Meetings.  In years past, millions of dollars have changed hands with Major League free agent signings or blockbuster trades. 

But for the 66ers, we’re looking to learn new ways to improve YOUR experience at the ballpark.  We’ll attend trade shows, discuss promotions with the experts and spend every second focused on how to make your next adventure at Arrowhead Credit Union Park, the best one yet!

Make sure to be on the lookout for updates from Florida!

Lift Off!

Hey there, 66ers fans!

Thanks for making your way over to the brand new home of the Inland Empire 66ers “official” forum for thoughts, opinions and news of upcoming events!  We have some great new things coming your way this year.  Be sure to bookmark us and check back every day for exciting features from the staff of the 66ers.

Go Angels and Go 66ers!