NEW YORK -- In considering their future, the Mets will rely on, among others, one man who was there at the beginning.
Al Jackson, a member of the original 1962 Mets, will serve as one of the team's two representatives in this June's First-Year Player Draft. Jackson, along with former second baseman Tim Teufel, will represent the Mets at the Draft table in Orlando, Fla.
Jackson, 72, played six seasons for the Mets, joining them as a starting pitcher via the 1961 expansion draft and coming back to them in 1968 after a two-year stint with the Cardinals. His 43 wins with the Mets stood as the club record until Tom Seaver came along, and he left the team midway through the "Miracle Mets" season of 1969.
Teufel, 49, joined the Mets as a backup infielder for the 1986 World Series champion team, playing behind starting second baseman Wally Backman. He remained with the team through 1991, hitting .308 with 14 homers during his finest season, 1987.
Now, far removed from the playing field, both players have taken on new roles.
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. Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins at 1 p.m. ET 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 2 p.m. 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 11:30 a.m. and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.