Griffey Sr. representing Reds at Draft
Former outfielder headed to Oralando for first round on June 5
CINCINNATI -- Former Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Sr. is scheduled to represent the Reds for the second straight year at the First-Year Player Draft on June 5 in Orlando, Fla.Griffey, now Cincinnati's special consultant to the general manager and a Minor League scout, will be joined by director of baseball operations Dick Williams to formally announce the club's 2008 first-round selection. A three-time All-Star who played for the Reds from 1973-81 and 1988-90, Griffey is the father of Reds right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. MLB.com will carry every pick of 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. 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 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 11:30 a.m. ET and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.