While some clubs are looking to the past at this year's First-Year Player Draft, the Cardinals are looking ahead. St. Louis will be represented by Dennis Martinez at the 2008 Draft, choosing a representative who will likely work with some of the club's draftees soon after they are selected.
Many other teams will be represented by past greats from their organizations. Martinez, however, never played for St. Louis. Instead, he's a rising coach in the organization. After beginning by working with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, Martinez is spending 2008 as the pitching coach for the high Class A Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League.
Martinez, 53, was a four-time All-Star during a 23-year Major League career. Known as "El Presidente," the native of Nicaragua amassed 245 wins, surpassing Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most victories ever by a Latin American pitcher.
MLB.com will carry every pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 5-6 at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins at noon CT 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 1 p.m. CT 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 of the Draft, 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 10:30 a.m. CT and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.