COOPERSTOWN – Hall of Famers Tommy Lasorda, Jim Rice, Frank Robinson and Billy Williams are among a distinguished group of baseball luminaries and front office personnel who are scheduled to be in attendance at Major League Baseball’s 2010 First-Year Player Draft, coverage of which will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on Monday, June 7th from MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.
All 30 Major League Clubs will be represented at the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. In addition to Lasorda (LAD), Rice (BOS), Williams (CHI) and Robinson (MLB), other former All-Stars scheduled to attend include Roberto Alomar (TOR), Jeff Bagwell (HOU), Dante Bichette (COL), Al Bumbry (BAL), John Candelaria (PIT), Shawon Dunston (SF), Travis Fryman (CLE), Ralph Garr (ATL), Luis Gonzalez (ARI), Tyler Green (PHI), Davey Johnson (WSH), Wally Joyner (LAA), Barry Larkin (CIN), Mark Loretta (SD), Jeff Russell (TEX), Gorman Thomas (MIL), Bob Watson (MLB) and Roy White (NYY).
Rocco Baldelli, who was the sixth overall selection in 2000, will represent the franchise that drafted him, the Tampa Bay Rays, who also will have senior baseball advisor Don Zimmer in attendance. Mookie Wilson, a key contributor to the 1986 World Series Championship club managed by Johnson, will attend on behalf of the New York Mets. Jared Mitchell, who was the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 Draft by the Chicago White Sox following his career at Louisiana State University, will represent his club as he recovers from ankle surgery. In addition to Johnson and Zimmer, former managers and general managers scheduled to attend include Pat Corrales (WSH), Roland Hemond (ARI), Joe McIlvaine (MIN), Jack McKeon (FLA) and Gene Michael (NYY). Many other executives, scouts and former Major League players also will be on hand.
The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Monday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. (ET), and Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig will announce each of the first round selections. Club representatives in attendance will announce the selections made during Compensation Round A, spanning picks 33-50.
The 2010 Draft will span three days. For day one on June 7th, MLB Network and MLB.com will provide live pick-by-pick coverage during the first round as well as the first compensation round. The intervals between selections will last five minutes during the first round and one minute during the compensation round. The Draft will resume at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on both Tuesday, June 8th and Wednesday, June 9th via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York City.
Prior to the start of the Draft on June 7th, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and MLB.com senior writerJonathan Mayo and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis at 6:00 p.m. (ET).
Continuing coverage at the start of day two, MLB.com will deliver exclusive live programming of the Draft’s final two days, including a live pick-by-pick stream, draft and scouting expert commentary and DraftCaster, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every draft-eligible player supplemented by statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.
The selection order of the First-Year Player Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season. Compensation picks have been assigned to Clubs whose Type A or Type B free agents signed with other Clubs and/or to Clubs that did not sign a player who was chosen in the first three rounds of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. The Washington Nationals will have the first selection of the 2010 Draft. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have the most first round selections with three (18th, 29th and 30th overall) and possess five of the first 40 picks overall. The Houston Astros (8th and 19th), the Texas Rangers (15th and 22nd) and the Tampa Bay Rays (17th and 31st) also hold multiple first round choices. The Draft will have 50 rounds and will conclude after all 30 teams have passed on a selection or after the final selection of the 50th round, whichever comes first.