The offseason – Scott Akasaki
For those of us who travel with the team (coaches, medical, baseball operations front office, publicity, and broadcasters), a common question this time of year is, now that the season is over what do you do? Do you even need to go in to the office?
For the traveling secretary (and virtually all of the other 180 or so fulltime employees here at the stadium), there is no “off” season. In some way, shape, or form, we all are preparing for next year. The sales force on the other side of the office seems to be in high gear. Among other projects, the public relations department is working on the annual information guide. Stadium Operations is gearing up for another phase of the ongoing stadium renovations. Marketing and Consumer Development is working on how to improve the overall fan experience. My two bosses, General Manager Ned Colletti and Assistant General Manager Kim Ng, are tireless workers trying to make our club better. Underneath them, our baseball operations department is putting in extended hours to help improve our team as well. We are all busy.
Amongst other responsibilities, my duties include hotel selection, charter airline negotiations, Spring Training logistics (with the World Baseball Classic mixed in), and winter meetings travel. Like Ned and Kim, my job also includes improving the team travel and clubhouse aspects of our club. Where can we improve? What did not work this season? How should we approach the upcoming year? Once in a while, a baseball operations special project comes my way and those are always enjoyable.
The main difference between my in-season work week and my off-season work week is that I get weekends now. I am probably not alone when I say that I am catching up on all medical (optometrist, dentist, etc.) appointments in addition to the random household job. During the season, personal time is very limited and as such, a lot of time is spent with loved ones.
Joe Torre was in the office today and we talked briefly about Spring Training. As we spoke about moving into Glendale, it hit me that Spring Training is only three months away. Hope to see many of you out there.