Pair of champs to represent Pirates
First round to be shown on MLB.com/MLB Network
CHICAGO -- Teammates on the Pirates' 1960 team that claimed the franchise's third World Series title, Bill Mazeroski and Bill Virdon are now teaming up to represent the Pirates at the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
As has been the case since the Draft was first televised in 2007, each of the 30 teams will have one or two representatives to make its first-round selection. This year, that nod goes to the second baseman and the center fielder on that storied 1960 club. The Pirates will make their first pick with No. 4 overall.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire Draft on June 9-11. MLB Network will broadcast the first round 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.
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 the 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.
Both Virdon and Mazeroski remain an active presence in the organization, with Mazeroski serving as a special infield instructor in Spring Training and Virdon working every spring with the outfielders.
Mazeroski, most notably remembered for his walk-off homer against the Yankees to win the 1960 World Series, spent his entire 17-year playing career with the Pirates. He was a seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove award winner. Mazeroski was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
Virdon roamed the outfield for the Cardinals and Pirates as a player before serving as the manager to four different teams from 1972-84. A career .267 hitter, Virdon was also the 1955 Rookie of the Year.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.