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Fans welcome at First-Year Player Draft

Fans welcome at First-Year Player Draft

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With the first pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, the Tampa Bay Rays select ... ???

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will complete that sentence from the podium at Disney's Milk House at 2 p.m. ET on June 5, and you can be there, too -- for free.

MLB's annual First-Year Player Draft is back and bigger than ever. And for the second straight year, Day 1 of the two-day event will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and MLB.com.

Those who take advantage of this unique opportunity to attend one of baseball's jewel events in person are in for a treat. In addition to witnessing the historic Negro Leagues Player Draft and First-Year Player Draft, fans will have the chance to win big prizes and rub elbows with Hall of Famers, former stars and other baseball dignitaries.

LOCATION
The Milk House, located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is part of Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. The 70,000-square-foot facility will seat approximately 1,000 people for the Draft, providing an intimate viewing experience.

FREE ADMISSION
Admission is free to the Milk House, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
12:15 p.m.: Doors open
1 p.m.: Special Negro Leaguers Draft
2-9 p.m.: First-Year Player Draft
2:30 p.m.: Autograph sessions

NEGRO LEAGUERS DRAFT
As part of the festivities preceding the start of the Draft, MLB will hold a special Negro Leagues Player Draft. Major League Clubs will "draft" 30 surviving former Negro League players, who will represent all the players who did not have the opportunity to play Major League Baseball. The special Negro Leagues Player Draft will begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball.

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS
Each Major League club will have representatives on hand for the Draft, including more than 30 former players and managers. Fans will have the chance to say hello and get autographs from many of these greats, highlighted by Hall of Famers Al Kaline, Billy Williams and Dave Winfield, and current Blue Jays standout Vernon Wells, who is sidelined from his team with an injury.

JERSEY RAFFLE
All fans in attendance will receive a free raffle ticket upon entry to the Milk House, with the chance to win authentic MLB jerseys representing each of the 30 teams.

DRAFTEES IN ATTENDANCE
Top high school and college players will be on hand as well, waiting patiently for their names to be called by the Commissioner from the podium. The final list of potential draftees planning to attend will be released just prior to the event.

LIVE BROADCAST
The cameras will be rolling all day long in the Milk House, and fans in attendance are sure to receive some air-time. The historic Negro Leagues Draft will be aired live exclusively on MLB.com at 1 p.m. The first round and subsequent compensation round of the First-Year Player Draft will be broadcast live by ESPN2 and simulcast on MLB.com, starting at 2 p.m. Anchoring the broadcast for ESPN2 will be Karl Ravech, Steve Phillips and Peter Gammons. The remaining rounds on Day 1 will be shown exclusively on MLB.com, anchored by Vinny Micucci, MLB.com Draft guru Jonathan Mayo and Frank Marcos of the MLB Scouting Bureau.

For further information on the Draft, visit MLB.com's Draft Central.

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