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Coming this June: The MLB draft on TV

ESPN.com news services

The NFL and NBA drafts have been televised for years. Now, Major League Baseball is joining the trend.

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For the first time in its history, the baseball entry draft will be aired live on ESPN2. Coverage will begin on Thursday, June 7th at 2 p.m. ET from Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The broadcast will end at 6 p.m. ET.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said the telecast, "will give fans access to see this critical function of an organization's development. This is an idea whose time has come."

Each team's first round pick will be televised and all clubs will have a maximum of five minutes to make their selections.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays will have the first selection. The San Francisco Giants will have three picks in the first round, while the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers will each have two first round choices.

The draft will have 50 rounds and will conclude after all 30 teams have passed on a selection or after the final selection of the 50th round, whichever comes first.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?i...000000000000000

I've been waiting for this for a long time. This should be exciting.

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I'll watch. But I don't know that many others will. Can anybody name a candidate for the top pick in the draft? Anyone? Nobody knows these kids. I realize there's a shot that that may change with it being on TV, but still. Besides, part of the appeal of the NFL draft is that the player your team drafts will step in immediately and get playing time, usually, unless you draft a QB and he sits behind a vet. Even the best baseball player is going to have to play minor league ball for at least a year, usually more, before getting his shot on the big club. I hope people watch it, and that leads to people paying more attention to their teams prospects, but I'm not counting on it.

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The difference between the baseball draft and the other two "big" drafts is that the draftees don't make an immediate impact with their clubs the same way they do in the NBA and NFL, and with high school/college baseball being nowhere near the prominence of college football and college basketball, we're hardly acquainted with most of these faces and names. Tyler Colvin was drafted by the Cubs last year. He played for Clemson. In a few years, perhaps he will play for the Chicago Cubs. This meant nothing to me, though, because I've never heard of Tyler Colvin, I don't follow ACC baseball (or any college baseball), and who knows when he'll get the call, if he ever does at all? Besides, isn't the baseball draft like 30 rounds or more? It's just a different beast than the NFL and NBA drafts, and I don't see it being as conducive to wall-to-wall coverage as those two. The NBA draft is probably the best. You have the lottery a month ahead of time (HEY speaking of televising, how about we get some transparency to that aspect of the draft, Dave?), then the draft itself, and we know most of the names from college, and it's over in like two rounds.

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Waaaaaaa...

This isn't fair. You let NFL and NBA have their drafts on TV. You even let NHL and nobody even pays attention to him. I want to have my draft on TV too, mommy. I'm Major League Baseball, I'm the oldest, my draft is the longest, and old people like me better than the other leagues!

Waaaaaa...

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I'm for one will be definitely tuning in because we have 5 potential big time prospects that play collegiantly in-state (Vandy,UT).Sorry but i can't think of the names off the top of my head right night.

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Isn't the MLB draft usually done via some kind of clandestine, Illuminati-like conference call?

What's the :censored:ing point?

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Waaaaaaa...

This isn't fair. You let NFL and NBA have their drafts on TV. You even let NHL and nobody even pays attention to him. I want to have my draft on TV too, mommy. I'm Major League Baseball, I'm the oldest, my draft is the longest, and old people like me better than the other leagues!

Waaaaaa...

Looks like somebody needs to read last week's Sports Illustrated... This is from TV Watch in the May 7th issue.

So who's the big winner in the NBA versus NHL postseason ratings war? Um, that'd be Major League Baseball. While national ratings for the hoops and hockey playoffs are down compared to last year's, baseball's ratings are through the roof. Fox's Saturday game of the week is up 17% over last year's average, and the sport is doing even better on cable. Ratings on regional sports networks are up 20% with Detroit-coming off it's pennant-winning season in '06-showing a 68% bump. And the notion that no one west of The Hudson cares about The Yankees and The Red Sox? ESPN's April 22 game between Boston and New York, with Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching for the Red Sox was the highest rated regular-season game since Mark McGwire hit his 61st homer nine years ago.

April baseball beating the mighty NBA playoffs??? Seems to me that everyone is liking baseball better than the NHL or NBA these days...and rightfully so. :D

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Wow, nice to hear. Twenty years from now we may look back and call this the Real Golden Era of the Major League Baseball, hopefully the good times continue to roll.

It's easy to forget a lot of the time but underneath all the bull :censored: and controversy still lies the greatest game of them all. That will never change. It really is nice to see people coming back and in big numbers. Another attendance record last year and TV ratings going up this year. Outstanding.

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You know, this would be a great opportunity to really implement sabermetric analysis into the public consciousness, so we can associate some numbers with these fresh faces. Unfortunately, we'll probably just hear that every guy has a lot of grit, knows how to do the little things, and plays the game the right way. Me, I play baseball the wrong way. When I get a hit, I run right to third.

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u know with the televising of the mlb draft maybe theyll hype some of the big name prospects like they do the nba prospects and nfl. that way when they do make their way to the bigs (which it seems for the top prospects is getting quicker and quicker) they can say hey i remember when he got drafted...i think its a great idea. as much as i am a fan of hockey, baseball rightfully should be this nations pastime.

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30 teams.

50 rounds.

There's no way anyone will remember when "That Guy" got drafter. I remember exactly one draft pick in MLB history, and that was Charles Johnson to the Marlins (1st pick ever). Anyone else, if some talking head on the sports report didn't tell me what round they were taken in EVERY :censored:ING TIME THEY GET MENTIONED JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE FROM VANCOUVER, I wouldn't know how they joined their team.

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30 teams.

50 rounds.

There's no way anyone will remember when "That Guy" got drafter. I remember exactly one draft pick in MLB history, and that was Charles Johnson to the Marlins (1st pick ever). Anyone else, if some talking head on the sports report didn't tell me what round they were taken in EVERY :censored:ING TIME THEY GET MENTIONED JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE FROM VANCOUVER, I wouldn't know how they joined their team.

In this case 1st Round or 1st and 2nd should be all that is on

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The difference between Major League Baseball draftees and other major sports draftees is that baseball players don't immediately contribute. College pitchers seemingly make the quickest transition, but since 40-plus percent (rough guess) of the players are high schoolers who won't be ready best case scenario, 2 or 3 years, it's just not going to have the same flair.

I think it's a classic "ooooh, ooooh, can I play, too" move to televise the draft (don't even get me started on this 50 round bullhockey), I'll watch the first few rounds. Though I won't expect to see even the best of the best in the majors until Opening Day 2009.

Now, what the :censored: is a "Sandwich Round" other than something I can pick up at the Jimmy John's across the street from my office?

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