First-Year Player Draft a live event
Entire first round to be annnounced live from MLB.com studios
Every year, the question is always asked: Can Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft ever be turned into a TV event akin to the efforts of other major sports?
If you watch MLB.com's live video coverage of the 2006 Draft on Tuesday -- preceded by the draft preview show beginning at 12 p.m. ET -- chances are you'll answer that question with an unqualified "yes."
Tune-in just before 1 p.m. ET for a live update on who will be the first overall pick of the 2006 draft. Then, for the first time, the entire first round of the draft will be announced live exclusively from MLB.com's New York City studios. Jimmie Lee Solomon, the executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, will do the honors live on MLB.com. No one -- except for the teams themselves -- will know who is taking who when before MLB.com does.
That will kick off the live video coverage of the opening five rounds of the draft. Casey Stern, host of MLB.com Midday, will handle the same duties for the program. He will be flanked by MLB.com draft insider Jonathan Mayo and Allan Simpson, the founding editor of Baseball America who now brings his draft expertise to Perfect Game Crosschecker (PGcrosschecker.com). The trio will give pick-by-pick analysis for the first three rounds -- 106 total picks -- of the draft.
Viewers of the show won't be kept within the confines of the studio this year. For the first time, MLB.com will go to the holders of the first pick -- the Kansas City Royals -- for live reaction. At the conclusion of the first round, the show will go to Kauffman Stadium to chat live with one of the Royals' key decision-makers in making the first overall selection of the draft.
In addition, several of the top picks will join the show during the course of the coverage to share their thoughts on being selected in the first round. There will also be a number of features that will let you get to know the elite players, including Andrew Miller, Evan Longoria, Tim Lincecum, Drew Stubbs, Joba Chamberlain, Max Scherzer, Daniel Bard and Chad Tracy.
If that's not enough for you, just click on over to MLB Radio. They've got audio coverage of every pick of every round for the two-day event. MLB Radio's Vinny Micucci, host of Baseball Today, will be joined by PG Crosschecker.com's David Rawnsley for day one, which will stretch until the conclusion of the 18th round. Mayo will slide over from the video studio to handle day two radio chores with Rawnsley as they take you home for rounds 19-50.
And if you're not around a computer, you still can keep up with all the latest news about the draft. XM Satellite Radio will carry MLB Radio's live coverage of every round of the draft. Tune in to Channel 189 and you won't miss a pick.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.