Phils send three representatives to Draft
Luzinski, Noles and McDaniel to be in attendance on June 5
PHILADELPHIA -- Greg Luzinski, Dickie Noles and Lee McDaniel will represent the Phillies at the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.The first day of the draft, set to begin June 5 at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is scheduled to broadcast live on BaseballChannel.TV beginning at 1 p.m. ET. This is the second year the Draft has been televised. Each team will have a member of its organization announce the picks. Some of the former players scheduled to attend include Ken Griffey Sr. (Reds), Travis Fryman (Indians), Al Kaline (Tigers), Tony Oliva (Twins), Tino Martinez (Yankees), Dave Winfield (Padres) and Felipe Alou (Giants). Luzinski was selected by the Phillies in the first round (11th overall) of what was then called the 1968 amateur entry draft. He spent 11 of his 15 Major League seasons with the Phillies from 1970-80 and was a member of the 1980 World Series championship team.
"Bull" finished his career with four seasons as the designated hitter for the White Sox.Noles was a fourth-round pick in the 1975 amateur entry draft by the Phillies, and made it to the big leagues in 1979. He posted a 3.89 ERA in 48 appearances for the '80 team. Noles also pitched for the Cubs, Rangers, Indians, Tigers and Orioles before returning to the Phillies in 1990. He is currently the team's Employee Assistance Professional. McDaniel is the assistant director of Minor League Operations in Clearwater, Fla., the team's Spring Training home. MLB.com will carry every pick. It begins at 1 p.m. ET on Day 1 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, 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.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.