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Winfield, Smith to attend Draft

Winfield, Smith to attend Draft

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres made sure two of the organization's most influential men would announce their selections in next week's First-Year Player Draft.

Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and former general manager Randy Smith will be on hand in Orlando, Fla., during the Draft, to be held July 7-8.

Before Winfield became a Padre in 1973, he was sought after by three other professional sports teams. He is the only player to have ever been drafted in three sports.

The NBA's Atlanta Hawks, ABA's Utah Stars and the NFL's Minnesota Vikings drafted him along with the San Diego Padres.

He had his pick but Winfield -- inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001 -- chose Major League Baseball. Winfield was the fourth overall pick in 1973.

Winfield started his career as a player for the Friars and is now a vice president and senior advisor for them. He played in the Majors for 22 seasons, won seven Gold Gloves and was selected to be an All-Star 12 times.

Another distinguished man in the Padres ranks is Smith, who was the vice president of baseball operations and general manager for the Padres from 1993-95.

The former GM -- who was then the youngest ever in MLB history to hold the position at 29 -- works as the director of professional and international scouting for the Padres.

MLB.com will carry every pick of the 2007 First-Year Draft, which takes place June 7-8 at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex. Day 1 coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET 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 by Casey Stern, Jonathan Mayo and Perfect Game USA's Dave Rawnsley. Day 2 of the Draft 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 with analysis from mayo and Perfect Game USA's Allan Simpson.

Padres fans can look forward to watching two of their organizations best represent them at the Draft.

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

Elizabeth M. Botello is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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