HOUSTON -- Larry Dierker has done pretty much everything during his association with the Astros. He made his Major League debut with Houston at age 18 and pitched 13 years for the club before spending 18 years as a broadcaster and winning four division titles in five years as a manager.
Dierker will be given a different set of duties next month when he and Astros part-time scout Ed Fastaia, a former New York firefighter who was a first-responder on 9/11, will be representing the team during the first day of the First-Year Player Draft, June 4, in Secaucus, N.J.
Dierker and Fastaia, who is representing the team for the second year in a row, will be sitting at the Astros' Draft table and will phone in the pick, which will be announced by Commissioner Bud Selig. The Astros have the No. 1 overall pick.
The annual First-Year Player Draft takes place this year from June 4-6, beginning with the first round and Comp Round A on Monday at 6 p.m. CT. The first night of the event will be broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com. Rounds 2-40 will also be streamed live on MLB.com on June 5-6.
MLB.com's coverage, sponsored by CenturyLink, will include Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list, Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, and Draft Caster. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Dierker, who had his No. 49 retired by the Astros in 2002, is currently serving as a community outreach executive for the team. Fastaia was driving the fire engine carrying members of Brooklyn's Engine 246 early on Sept. 11, 2011, when they were dispatched to respond to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.
Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.