SEATTLE -- The Mariners' representative at the First-Year Player Draft in Orlando, Fla., next month has the distinction of being the only player other than Rickey Henderson to lead the American League in stolen bases from 1980 through 1991.
The year was 1987.
Henderson, playing his third season with the Yankees following six seasons with the Athletics, spent much of the year sidelined by injuries, limiting him to 41 stolen bases in 49 attempts. That opened the door for Mariners second baseman Harold Reynolds to capture his first -- and only -- AL stolen base title, with 60 thefts in 80 attempts.
Reynolds would end his Mariners career following the 1992 season with 228 stolen bases, and he would add 22 before retiring and entering the broadcast business. Now an analyst with MLB.TV, Reynolds will represent the Mariners at the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
MLB.com will carry every pick of the Draft, which takes place June 5-6 at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex. Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins at 10 a.m. PT, with a special ceremonial draft of former Negro Leaguers who will be on hand.
The First-Year Player Draft follows at 11 a.m. PT, 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 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 8:30 a.m. PT and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.