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Lasorda to announce Dodgers picks

Lasorda to announce Dodgers picks

LOS ANGELES -- Major League Baseball is having each club represented at the 2007 First-Year Player Draft by a person of significance to the organization, but this is nothing new for the Dodgers.

Logan White took over the Dodgers' draft in 2002 and he's had Hall of Famer Tom Lasorda announce their first selection ever since.

Lasorda will again be at the microphone to announce the Dodgers' selection when MLB.com broadcasts every pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 7-8 at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando. Day 1 coverage begins at 11 a.m. PT with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. Video coverage of the remaining rounds on Day 1 will air at MLB.com, with live interviews and analysis from Orlando by Casey Stern, Jonathan Mayo and Perfect Game USA's Dave Rawnsley.

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Day 2 of the Draft will get under way at 8:30 a.m. PT and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com with analysis from Mayo and Perfect Game USA's Allan Simpson.

Also once again this year, fans can follow every pick with MLB.com's live Draft Caster, a searchable database of every Draft eligible player featuring biographical data, statistics, scouting reports and rare scouting video.

Lasorda will be accompanied in Orlando by director of special projects Travis McCourt and amateur scout Brian Stephenson, a third-generation scout. Brian's father, Jerry, is a scout for Boston and a former Dodgers pitcher. Brian's grandfather, Joe, was also a former Major League player and longtime Boston scout who signed All-Stars Rick Burleson, Dwight Evans, Bill Lee and Fred Lynn.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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