ESG TEAM

Steve Schneider

President, mlbpa CERTIFIED agent

Steve Schneider has represented baseball players as an attorney and agent since 1974.  An author and lecturer, he is an acknowledged expert in sports law, contract negotiation and baseball arbitration.  For more than 40 years, Steve has represented clients in all areas of real estate, business transactions and trial matters.  

In addition to directly representing baseball players, for many years Steve represented a number of non-lawyer sports agents and high-profile players as their primary contract negotiator, strategist and presenter of arbitrations.  He also negotiated many free-agent contracts that were the largest of their time.  Steve has unmatched experience in arbitration preparation and presentation going back to the commencement of the salary arbitration process in the 1970's, and has prevailed in some of the most notable hearings in baseball history.  He regularly serves as an advisor to high school and college athletes and their families, providing counseling and assistance in all aspects of draft analysis, contract evaluation and player presentation.

Steve graduated from UCLA in 1962 with a degree in Political Science and from the UCLA School of Law in 1965.  He has been practicing law as a member of the California State Bar since 1966, and is a principal of the law firm of Schneider & Warren, Inc.  Steve and his wife Sharie live in Sherman Oaks, California, and have two married daughters, Stacy and Jennifer, and five grandchildren.

 

Matt Klein

vice president, business & player development, mlbpa certified agent

A former minor league (Oakland A’s) and collegiate (UCLA) player, Matt has a unique understanding of what it takes to play competitively at the highest levels.  Matt pitched for UCLA from 1996 to 1998, where he appeared in 48 games and compiled an 8-3 record with seven saves.  He was selected as the Pac-10 pitcher of the week and still holds the UCLA record for most College World Series appearances.  Before enrolling at UCLA, Matt attended Santa Ynez High School where his 10-2 record with a 1.21 ERA helped him earn All-League, All-CIF and All-State (California) honors.

Matt signed professionally with the Oakland A’s in 1998.  His dedication to the community in his first professional season earned him the “Dave Stewart Community Service Award”, which is presented to the Oakland A’s minor league player who displays exceptional community service throughout the season.

As a MLBPA Certified Agent, Matt serves as an advisor to high school and college athletes and their families.  His expertise is a valuable asset in helping athletes transition from the amateur to the professional ranks.  Matt graduated from UCLA in 1998 with a degree in Sociology.  He and his family reside in Westwood, California.

 

Josh Chetwynd

vice president, director of international operations, mlbpa certified agent

Josh has an extensive baseball background in both the United States and Europe.  He is a former NCAA Division I player at Northwestern University where he was a two-time All-Academic Big Ten performer and a two-time winner of the team’s Jack Dempsey Award for leadership, service and commitment to the team.  Josh also played independent professional baseball in the Frontier League.  Following his time there, he spent one season as a professional player in the Swedish Elite Series and also represented Great Britain as a member of its national team in five European Championships and an Olympic qualifier.  Josh was later elected to the British Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.

Off the field, Josh previously worked for Major League Baseball in its London office and has written two books on the history of international baseball.  He served as General Manager for South Africa at the 2009 World Baseball Classic and has worked as an on-air analyst, broadcasting Major League Baseball games on national television and radio in Great Britain.

Josh has been highly successful at negotiating contracts for and representing baseball players from across the globe.  This includes brokering the largest signing bonus ever for an international amateur free agent from a non-traditional baseball country – a $1.3 million deal with the Kansas City Royals for Italy’s Marten Gasparini.

A licensed attorney, Josh earned law degrees, and graduated with honors, from both the University of Arizona and the London School of Economics.  He has written on baseball legal issues for both the Harvard Negotiation Law Review and the Marquette Sports Law Review.  He is married with two children.

 

Johann Alexander

Director of east coast operations, MLBPA CERTIFIED AGENT

Johann Alexander possesses a proven track record of advising and negotiating on behalf of top prospects in the draft as well as representing players throughout their professional career.  He founded the boutique sports agency J. Alexander Sports & Entertainment Management in 2013 and then merged his company with Elite Sports Group in 2018.  He has personally brokered numerous contracts for players in the top 10 rounds of the draft as well as handling the day-to-day needs for athletes all the way up to the Major Leagues.  Beyond having strong relationships with Major League organizations and equipment companies, Johann has developed close working arrangements with Latin American baseball clubs, which enables him to seek top winter league opportunities for ESG clients.  All told, he has represented more than 60 players.

As a player, Johann competed at the NCAA Division II level.  He received a scholarship at Kutztown University where he was a member of the school’s 2010 Mid-Atlantic championship team that played in that season’ College World Series.  He was also a high school standout for the perennial powerhouse and nationally ranked Riverdale Baptist High School.

He earn a business management degree from Fisher College in Boston, MA.  Johann is currently finishing his masters degree through the Georgetown University SIM (Sports Industry Management) program.  He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Kyle Barbato

Coordinator of player relations, mlbpa certified agent

Kyle's impressive marketing skills, knowledge of the game, and experience as a Division I baseball player make him a great addition to ESG's team.  Prior to enrolling at Siena College, Kyle played his prep baseball at the national powerhouse, Chatsworth High School, from 2002 - 2006.  During these years, Chatsworth earned a back-to-back #1 national ranking, four championship games at Dodger Stadium, and two Los Angeles City Championships.  He was named Second Team All-City his senior year and received the Chatsworth High School Baseball Award, presented by his high school coaches and school.  

Kyle regularly serves as an advisor to amateur prospects and families.  Additionally, Kyle focuses on athlete marketing by linking ESG athletes to corporate companies to generate endorsements, product donation and client awareness for on and off the field products.  His success has given ESG’s clients more exposure to the public and has generated revenue for clients in other areas off of the field.  He also assists and handles daily player operations.

 

Andrew Leon

Contract Analyst & arbitration consultant

A Baseball Operations intern with Elite Sports Group in 2012, Andrew rejoined the ESG team in December 2017 after spending the previous 5 seasons working in Major League front offices.  

During the 2013 season, Andrew worked for the Oakland Athletics, providing their Amateur Scouting department with analytical data trends on college pitchers, and Trackman analysis on high school pitchers during the Area Code Games and summer showcase circuit.  The following season, Andrew lived in the Dominican Republic as a member of the Boston Red Sox International Scouting and Player Development departments.  Among his responsibilities, Andrew oversaw an english language development program for the spanish speaking players at the Red Sox Dominican Academy, traveled throughout the island scouting International amateur players, and acted as a baseball operations liaison between the Dominican Academy and Boston headquarters.

Beginning in 2015, Andrew spent the next three seasons with the Miami Marlins, one season in Player Development and two seasons as the Assistant of Professional Scouting.  During his time with the Marlins, Andrew was relied on by senior level management to bring forth innovative and out-of-the box strategies regarding roster construction, player acquisition, and other baseball related initiatives in order to expose market inefficiencies within the industry.

Andrew graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Sports Communication, and double minors in Telecommunications and Sports Marketing & Management.  He will also attend Loyola Law School in Los Angeles beginning August 2018.