Jeff Gray At A Conference

The winter meetings - the second winter meetings, and the interesting winter meetings - kick off very soon, in a hotel in Dallas. In a related event, this coming Sunday and Monday, Sports Management Worldwide will put on the 2011 SMWW Baseball Career Conference, also in Dallas. In their words:

This conference is to gain valuable insight into a variety of careers from those working at all levels in baseball including MLB and the minor leagues.

The conference features networking opportunities and a number of talks from industry professionals. Speakers include, but are not limited to, John Mozeliak, Ned Colletti, Victor Rojas, and our own Rob Neyer. Monday at 9am, there will be a talk about MLB agents and their relationships with players. The agent scheduled to speak is Tony Ciccolella, and the player scheduled to speak is Ciccolella's client, Jeff Gray.

Organizer: How about Prince Fielder and Scott Boras?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: They're not available.
Organizer: How about Albert Pujols and Dan Lozano?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: They're not available.
Organizer: How about C.J. Wilson and Bob Garber?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: They're not available.
Organizer: How about Mark Buehrle and Jeff Berry?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: They're not available.
Organizer: How about Jose Reyes and Peter Greenberg?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: They're not available.
Organizer: How about Aramis Ramirez and Paul Kinzer?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: They're not available.
Organizer: How about Hiroki Kuroda and Steve Hilliard?
Assistant: Hold on...

***

Organizer: How about Paul Maholm and Bo McKinnis?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: They're not available.
Organizer: How about MIke Cameron and Mike Nicotera?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: They're not available.
Organizer: How about Jamie Moyer and nobody since he negotiates his own contracts?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: He's not available.
Organizer: How about Willie Harris and Daryl Buford?
Assistant: Hold on...

***

Organizer: How about Scott Olsen and Matt Sosnick?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: They're not available.
Organizer: How about Paul Bako and Barry Meister?
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: They're not available.
Organizer: How about...
Organizer: Hmm.
Organizer: I think that's just about...
Assistant: There is still one option.
Assistant: Hold on...
Assistant: Yeah, yeah they're in.

***

Ciccolella: Good morning and welcome, everybody.
Ciccolella: I'm glad that you all could make it.
Ciccolella: For the next half hour, we're going to talk about agents and players and how they get on.
Audience Member: /raises hand
Ciccolella: Yes?
Audience Member: Will we get to hear from an agent or a player?
Ciccolella: I am an agent - Tony Ciccolella!
Ciccolella: This is my client, Jeff Gray.
Gray: /cough
Ciccolella: He is a pitcher for a team!
Audience Member: oh
Audience Member:
Audience Member:
/eyes door
Doors: /close slowly
Audience Member: /sighs

***

Ciccolella: I think we have a pretty good relationship.
Ciccolella: Even though he's a player and I'm an agent, we're more like friends.
Ciccolella: I like to call him 'Jeff'.
Ciccolella: He likes to call me 'Mr. Ciccolella'.

***

Ciccolella: Player recruiting - that's a funny story.
Ciccolella: You hear all these stories about agents splurging on bottle service and callgirls.
Ciccolella: I don't work that way, I'm clean, I'm a good guy.
Ciccolella: I saw him once and I asked him if he wanted me to be his agent.
Ciccolella: At first he said "really?"
Ciccolella: Then he said "okay"

***

Ciccolella: And that's why my policy is to accept the first contract offer that I get.

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