Lasorda to represent Dodgers at Draft
Hall of Famer returns to role of announcing team's first pick
LOS ANGELES -- Major League Baseball is having each club represented at the 2009 First-Year Player Draft by a person of significance to the organization, but this is nothing new for the Dodgers.
Logan White took over the Dodgers' Draft in 2002 and he's had Hall of Famer Tom Lasorda announce their first selection ever since, except for last year, when Lasorda had a scheduling conflict and was replaced by Dodgers legends Maury Wills and Don Newcombe.
Lasorda will return to the microphone to announce the Dodgers' selection when MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 9-11. MLB Network will broadcast the first round, beginning at 6 p.m. ET on June 9, from its Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., and those 32 selections also will be simulcast live on MLB.com.
Because of the signing of Orlando Hudson, the Dodgers won't make their first pick until Compensation Round A, selecting with the 36th pick overall.
Beginning with the 33rd pick, up-to-the-minute on-air coverage from the remaining rounds will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where host Vinny Micucci will be joined by MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo and Major League Scouting Bureau director Frank Marcos.
Once the first night is done, the Draft will continue with Rounds 4-30, via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York, at noon on Wednesday, June 10. Rounds 31-50 will be on Thursday, June 11, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Lasorda will be accompanied by Dodgers amateur scout Brian Stephenson, a third-generation scout and a second-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1994. Brian's father, Jerry, is a scout for Boston and a former Dodgers pitcher. Brian's grandfather, Joe, was also a former Major League player and longtime Boston scout who signed All-Stars Rick Burleson, Dwight Evans, Bill Lee and Fred Lynn.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.