Tino to represent Yankees at Draft
Martinez, a consultant to GM Cashman, will be in Orlando
NEW YORK -- Tino Martinez will represent the New York Yankees at the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 5-6 at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla.
Martinez, who played on four Yankees World Series championship teams as a slick-fielding, clutch-hitting first baseman, is in his first season as a consultant to general manager Brian Cashman, holding an office at the club's facilities at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
Martinez also worked with the club during Spring Training as a guest instructor, offering advice to Yankees infielders on footwork, positioning and throws. He batted .271 over his 16-year Major League career, playing with the Mariners, Yankees, Cardinals and Rays.
Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins at 1 p.m. ET with a special ceremonial draft of former Negro Leaguers who will be on hand at The Milk House. The First-Year Player Draft follows at 2 p.m. with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks.
The remaining rounds on Day 1 will be shown exclusively on BaseballChannel.TV, with live analysis on site from MLB.com Draft guru Jonathan Mayo and David Rawnsley of Perfect Game USA.
Several of the top amateur prospects are expected to be in attendance in Orlando for Day 1 of the Draft, and each of the 30 Major League clubs will be represented by front-office executives and baseball luminaries.
Fans are welcome to attend Day 1 of the Draft, and admission to The Milk House is free. Seating is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Day 2 will get under way at 11:30 a.m. and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live on MLB.com.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.