Baseball's 113th annual Winter Meetings are coming to San Diego for the third time in history from December 7-11. It's been nearly three decades since the last time that San Diego hosted. The city previously was home to the 1963 and 1985 events. Doing some quick research it looks like the first Winter Meeting happened in 1876 but the annual meetings didn't start until 1901. Good to know.
I'm curious to know how San Diego and the Padres broke the long drought without hosting. Was this part of the Selig Plaza
bribe deal that will bring the All-Star game to San Diego or was there a separate agreement that we've yet to hear about? Or are the locations decided years in advance and it was just our turn again? Hard to say.
Known as the largest gathering of baseball executives in the world, the Baseball Winter Meetings brings together front office personnel, trade show exhibitors and job seekers in one place for five days of seminars, league meetings and organizational meetings. Among the week's notable events are the Baseball Trade Show, PBEO Job Fair and other special events, such as the Banquet, Awards Luncheon and Gala.
If you're looking for a job in baseball you can sign up for the PBEO job fair for $200 or just wander around like A.J. Preller did in 1999. If things don't work out you can always send an invitation to the team that rejected you.