Winfield, Jones to represent Padres
Pair will be at team's table at First-Year Player Draft
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres will have two of their most recognizable figures from their past sitting at their table June 5-6 when they pick for the future during the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Former outfielder Dave Winfield and pitcher Randy Jones will be on hand in Orlando.
Winfield played for the Padres from 1973-80 and was a four-time National League All-Star while with San Diego. He made his Major League debut in 1973 shortly after being drafted.
In 1979, Winfield hit .308 with 34 home runs and 118 RBIs. Winfield is still involved with the team as a vice president and senior advisor.
Jones, who pitched for the Padres from 1973-80, was one of the Padres' first homegrown standout players. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 1976 after going 22-14 with a 2.76 ERA.
Jones recorded a save in the 1975 All-Star Game and was the winning pitcher in the game the following year after starting the 1976 season with a 16-3 record.
MLB.com will carry every pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins at 10 a.m. PT 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 11 a.m. PT 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 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 with seating limited to a first-come, first-served basis.
Day 2 will get under way at 8:30 a.m. PT and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.