SAN FRANCISCO -- The class of the Giants organization will be embodied in their representatives at next month's First-Year Player Draft.
Felipe Alou, J.T. Snow and Tony Siegle will serve as the faces of the Giants at the site of the Draft in Orlando, Fla., relaying and coordinating information from general manager Brian Sabean and the Giants' top scouting personnel in San Francisco.
Alou, one of Sabean's special assistants, will be a fitting presence, given that this is the 50th anniversary of the Giants' first season in San Francisco. Alou played on that inaugural 1958 team, beginning a distinguished 17-year Major League career, and he managed the Giants from 2003-06. He remains a valued presence as a scout, instructor and talent evaluator.
Snow became one of the most popular Giants while playing first base for them from 1997-2005. He won four of his six Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence in a San Francisco uniform. As a Giants special assistant, Snow serves as a roving Minor League instructor, helps coach in Spring Training, appears on selected radio broadcasts and makes personal appearances.
Siegle is among baseball's most widely respected executives. A senior advisor in San Francisco's baseball operations department, Siegle has spent four decades working with Major League teams, including the Brewers, Astros, Phillies, Padres, Angels, Rockies and Expos/Nationals, besides the Giants.
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, Fla. 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 at The Milk House.
The First-Year Player Draft follows at 11 a.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 8:30 a.m. PT and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.