Interesting setup for winter meetings
For those who view baseball’s winter meetings as a bunch of GMs and team executives talking in a lobby, it isn’t quite that way. It’s a busy lobby, yes, but teams do their business up in their hotel suites and go from room to room. Best to keep things quiet that way.
That isn’t easy at this year’s meetings, though. Unlike previous years, when every team stayed at the same hotel, there are a handful of teams staying at a different hotel than the rest. The Marriott is the center of most of the action, but the Tigers and a few other clubs are at the Westin across the street. For face-to-face business, they have to either come to the Marriott or have another team come to them.
There’s a skywalk, but it doesn’t directly connect the hotels, only going through the large convention center the next block down. The alternative is to step outside into the winter weather and cross the street.
Or they could just do it by phone, which is what happens a lot anyway. Still, it limits part of the dynamic going on.