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SECAUCUS, NJ — Five Hall of Famers will participate in baseball’s amateur draft, to be held June 8 at MLB Network studios.
Reggie Jackson will be working the amateur draft

Reggie Jackson will be working the amateur draft

They include former manager Tommy Lasorda, three-time MVP Mike Schmidt, and sluggers Reggie Jackson, Andre Dawson, and Tony Perez. Both Jackson and Dawson also won Most Valuable Player honors.

Although most of the potential draftees are unfamiliar to most fans, spectators will be watching for faces they do know. That list includes future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr., the top pick in the 1987 amateur draft and American League MVP 10 years later, and nearly two-dozen former All-Stars.
Most will represent the teams with whom they starred.

Junior Griffey will be at the amateur draft too

Junior Griffey will be at the amateur draft too

The network’s telecast of the amateur draft will begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT after an hour-long preview show.
Although the Arizona Diamondbacks have the first pick — by virtue of having the worst record in the game last year — the Atlanta Braves have five of the first 75 picks because of some shrewd winter dealing. Nine other teams have two selections within the first round, with the Houston Astros able to make the second and fifth picks.
The draft will span three days, as it has since 2009, and last 40 rounds. Coverage will include interviews, analysis, scouting reports, and videos of amateurs in action.
Since this is the 50th anniversary of the first amateur draft, held in 1965, the televised proceedings will also include a tribute to Rick Monday, an outfielder-turned-broadcaster who was the first player drafted after the amateur draft system was created.
Rob Manfred will man the mike at the amateur draft

Rob Manfred will man the mike at the amateur draft

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and virtually all of the MLB Network’s on-air staff, including Hall of Famer-elect John Smoltz, will also participate in the proceedings.

Fans hoping that the draft will produce instant results may be disappointed. Few players sign with their new teams immediately and only a small handful reach the majors quickly. Although Dave Winfield and Bob Horner are notable exceptions, few jump straight from college to the big leagues.
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Now that spinal stenosis has hit Mets captain David Wright, the team is on the prowl for potential long-term help at third base . . .
Ex-Rockies slugger Michael Cuddyer is still struggling to find his stroke with the Mets

Ex-Rockies slugger Michael Cuddyer is still struggling to find his stroke with the Mets

The Mets wouldn’t mind if winter signee Michael Cuddyer regained his April stroke . . .

Nobody ever heard of Slade Heathcott before the rookie Yankee outfielder banged a two-run homer against Kansas City closer Greg Holland Monday . . .
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Boston first baseman Mike Napoli had only four homers this season before doubling his production during a single weekend series against his old team, the Los Angeles Angels . . .

With inconsistent work so far from Matt Cain, Jake Peavy, and Tim Hudson, the most dependable man in the San Francisco rotation — once again — is Tim Lincecum . . .
The cross-bay Oakland Athletics are reeling, going 90 games without winning more than two straight . . .
Oakland shortstop Marcus Semien makes so many wild throws that he’s on pace to equal Joe Cronin’s 62-error season of 1929 . . .

Throws are a problem for Oakland shortstop Marcus Semien

Throws are a problem for Oakland shortstop Marcus Semien

Surprise, surprise: the Houston Astros lead the American League in home runs . . .
Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera might not win another Triple Crown this year but he’s got a good shot at winning his third MVP trophy . . .
Slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (Tigers) will be a coveted commodity on the free-agent market this fall . . .
Even though he spends half the schedule pitching in San Diego’s spacious Petco Park, James Shields is on track to join Phil Niekro, Bert Blyleven, and Jack Morris as pitchers with 200+ strikeouts and 40+ homers yielded in the same season . . .
If he maintains his first-quarter momentum, 42-year-old Bartolo Colon (Mets) will become the second-oldest pitcher to win 20 games, trailing only Warren Spahn . . .

Bartolo Colon: 20-game winner at 42?

Bartolo Colon: 20-game winner at 42?

Pittsburgh is thrilled that Charlie Morton has finally returned to the pitching rotation . . .
Avisail Garcia, healthy again after a shoulder injury limited him to 46 games last year, is again a force for the Chicago White Sox . . .
Jorge Posada, still miffed that he finished third in the 2003 American League MVP race won by Alex Rodriguez, puts thumbs down when asked about A-Rod’s Hall of Fame chances . . .
Kansas City’s pitching prowess presented itself Sunday when the team completed consecutive shutouts

Prolific Pedro Alvarez hit a boat beyond the ballpark

Prolific Pedro Alvarez hit a boat beyond the ballpark

for the first time since 1992 . . .

Watch out: a 461-foot Pedro Alvarez homer landed in a boat docked along the Allegheny River behind the right-field stands in Pittsburgh . . .
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Only 12,313 fans saw Corey Kluber’s 18-strikeout performance (in eight innings yet) against the Cardinals on a cold night in Cleveland . . .
With a new Basic Agreement needed in 17 months, Commissioner Manfred plans to meet with all 30 clubs by the end of next month.

 

About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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