Trio to represent Rangers at Draft
Sundberg, Didier and McLemore heading to Orlando
ARLINGTON -- Rangers vice-president Jim Sundberg, veteran scout Mel Didier and former second baseman Mark McLemore will represent the franchise at the First-Year Player Draft.Sundberg played 12 years with the Rangers from 1974-83 and 1988-89. He was an All-Star catcher, six-time Gold Glove winner and charter member of the Rangers Hall of Fame. This past offseason, he was named executive vice-president for public relations. Didier has been in baseball for 55 years as a scout and Major League executive, helping build world championship teams with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. He is in his sixth season as a scout for the Rangers. His book, "Podnuh, Let Me Tell You a Story" is available in the MLB.com Shop. McLemore was the Rangers' starting baseman from 1995-99 and was a key member of three division championship teams in 1996 and 1998-99. He still lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and serves in a variety of roles with the Rangers. 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 noon CT 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 1 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 10:30 a.m. and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.