2012 MLB Draft: Each Team's Ambassador and What He Did for His Team
The first round of the 2012 MLB draft starts June 4th. It, and the compensatory round, will be televised on MLB Network in primetime, where it will be held in the network's Studio 42, the indoor half-scale baseball field used for demonstrations, interviews and Quick Pitch, a program on the network.
In the draft, teams will have the chance to potentially develop their future by picking from a large pool of high school and college talent. Some players will sign with their teams, others will decide to either go to or stay in college.
For those of you who have watched the draft, you have probably noticed the tables where all the teams are set up. Each table usually seats two people, who act as team ambassadors.
Team ambassadors are there to represent the team, give the commissioner the draft cards with each players name on them and in the supplemental draft call out the picks themselves.
Ambassadors range from current and former ballplayers to managers and scouts. Some are well-known, like former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. Others are not so well known, like White Sox outfielder Jared Mitchell.
Who are the ambassadors this year? This slideshow will give you the info on the big guys on the bench.
Without further ado...
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Dick Schofield
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Dick Schofield is a former California Angels shortstop who played the majority of his major league career with them.
Drafted in the first round in 1981 out of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Illinois, he played on the 1986 AL West champion team that lost to the Boston Red Sox.
Schofield currently is the hitting coach for the team's Arizona league affiliate. Schofield is also the uncle of Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth.
Because the Angels do not have a compensatory selection, Schofield will stay seated during the draft.
Houston Astros: Larry Dierker
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Larry Dierker is a former pitcher and manager for the Houston Astros. As a pitcher, he played on both the Colt .45's and the Astros from 1964-1976. Dierker set many Astros milestones, including their first 20-game win season and was a two-time All-Star in 1969 and 1971.
Dierker played a big role in Jim Bouton's tell-all book Ball Four as well.
In 1997 Dierker was named manager of the Astros, where he guided the team to four NL central titles in five years, including the famous 1998 title where he had to have brain surgery. He was later named manager of the year.
For his contributions to the team, his number 49 has been retired.
Dierker is expected to announce the Astros pick in the Compensatory Round, the 41st overall pick.
Oakland Athletics: Chad Bradford
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Chad Bradford, until 2009, was a submarine pitcher whose delivery was notable for the fact that his knuckles often scraped the ground.
Bradford played four years with the Oakland A's and was part of the 2002 team that was the focus of Michael Lewis' book Moneyball.
He played for the 2001 wild-card champions, as well as the 2002 and 2003 AL West champions.
Bradford is expected to announce the 34th and 47th picks in the draft, as Oakland owns those picks in the Compensatory Round.
Toronto Blue Jays: Pat Hentgen
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Pat Hentgen is the Special Assistant to the Toronto Blue Jays, and a former Cy Young winning pitcher.
Hentgen played for the Blue Jays from 1991-1999, before spending one more year with the team in 2004. In his career he was a World Series champion in 1993, a Cy Young winner in 1996, and an All-Star in 1993, 1994 and 1997.
Hentgen received one vote for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame when he became eligible in 2010.
Hentgen is expected to announce the 50th, 58th and 60th picks in the draft.
Atlanta Braves: Ralph Garr and Mark Lemke
Mark Lemke (left) getting suds.
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Ralph Garr is a former Braves outfielder who played for the team from 1968-1975.
As a member of the Braves, he was part of the 1969 NL West champions that lost to the Miracle Mets.
Garr's best season with the team was 1974 where he hit .353, which gave him the NL batting title. He was also named to the All-Star team that year.
Mark Lemke is a former second baseman and current pregame show host for the Braves.
Having played the majority of his career in Atlanta, he was part of the 1995 World Champion team that beat the Cleveland Indians, as well as the 1991, 1992 and 1996 NL champions and the 1993 and 1997 NL East champions.
Because the Braves do not have a compensatory selection in the Draft, Garr and Lemke will stay seated.
Milwaukee Brewers: Don Money
Don Money is the Milwaukee Brewers Special Instructor of Player Development and a former third baseman who played eleven years with the Brewers.
As a Brewer, Money was named to the AL All-Star team four times, 1973, 1976, 1977 and 1978.
Following his baseball career he became a manager in the Brewers system before being promoted to his current position.
Money will announce the 38th selection of the Draft.
St. Louis Cardinals: Ryan Franklin
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Ryan Franklin is a former relief pitcher who pitched for the Cardinals from 2007-2011. Ryan is also a former Olympic gold medalist who played on the 2000 Sydney US team.
Franklin had the unfortunate distinction of missing both the 2006 and 2011 World Series. Franklin was unfortunately on another team back in 2006 and was released during the 2011 season after posting an ERA over 8.
Franklin will announce the 36th, 52nd and 59th picks in the draft.
Chicago Cubs: Ferguson Jenkins
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Ferguson Jenkins is a Hall of Fame pitcher who played for the Chicago Cubs from 1966-1973 and 1982-1983. Inducted to the Hall of Fame as a Cub, Jenkins' 31 is one of the retired numbers flying at Wrigley Field.
As a Cub, Jenkins made three NL All-Star Teams and was the 1971 Sporting News Pitcher of the Year. Jenkins was elected to the Hall in 1991, winning 75.4% of the votes.
Jenkins will announce the 43rd and 56th selections in the Draft.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzalez
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Luiz Gonzalez is to the Diamondbacks what Babe Ruth was to the Yankees, Stan Musial was to the Cardinals, etc.
Basically, he is Mr. Diamondback.
As a member of the team from 1999-2006, Gonzalez was part of the 2001 World Series Champions. In addition, he was a Silver Slugger Award winner, Home Run Derby Champion and All-Star that year.
Gonzalez was also an All-Star in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2005, a Branch Rickey Award (community service award) winner in 2005 and is the only Diamondback to have his number retired (20).
Because the Diamondbacks do not have any compensatory picks, Gonzalez will stay seated.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Tommy Lasorda and Ron Cey
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Tommy Lasorda is one of the greatest and most well-known managers of all time. A former Dodgers pitcher, he made his mark on the game as manager of the team, spending 21 years in the Dodgers dugout.
Tommy won three World Series with the Dodgers, one as a player (1955) and two as a manager (1981,1988). In addition, he was NL Manager of the Year in 1983 and 1988. In Tommy's time as a Dodgers manager, his team made the postseason eight times, going to the World Series in four of those years.
One of his esteemed players was Ron Cey, who played with the Dodgers from 1971-1982. As a Dodger, he was a six-time All-Star, a World Series MVP, a Babe Ruth Award winner, and a Lou Gehrig Award winner. Both will represent the Dodgers for the Draft.
Lasorda or Cey will announce the 51st pick in the draft.
San Francisco Giants: J.T. Snow
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J.T. Snow is a former first baseman for the San Francisco Giants. He played for the team from 1997-2005 and then for a curtain call in 2008.
As a Giant he was well known for his glove, winning four out of six Gold Glove awards.
He is also known for his postseason performances, as in the 2000 NLDS when he hit a pinch hit, three-run home run which kept the Giants from elimination for an inning, as well as in 2002, when playing in the World Series Snow saved manager Dusty Baker's three-year-old son Darren from being knocked out by a relay throw to the catcher.
The Giants do not have any compensatory picks in the Draft, therefore Snow will stay seated during the televised portion.
Cleveland Indians: Mike Hargrove
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Mike Hargrove is a former player and manager for the Cleveland Indians. As a player, he was named one of the top 100 Indians of all time, with a tenure that lasted from 1979-1985.
As a manager, Hargrove led the team through its renaissance in the latter half of the 90's, where he led the team to two AL pennants, one in 1995 and the other in 1997, as well as five consecutive postseason appearances from 1995-1999.
Hargrove currently works in various capacities with the Indians, ranging from Special Instructor to Color Commentator.
The Indians do not have any compensatory picks, so Hargrove will stay seated during the airing of the draft.
Seattle Mariners: Mike Cameron
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Mike Cameron is a former outfielder who played for the Seattle Mariners for four seasons (2000-2003). As a Mariner, he won two Gold Gloves and was named to the All-Star Team in 2001.
Cameron is probably best known for two things during his stint with the Mariners. The first is that he was traded for Ken Griffey Jr. The second is his status as one of just 16 ball players who have hit four home runs in one game. He accomplished the feat on May 2nd, 2002 against the Chicago White Sox, another former team.
Cameron will stay seated during the televised portion of the draft, as the Mariners have no compensatory selections.
Miami Marlins: Jack McKeon
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Jack McKeon is the former manager of the Florida Marlins, who took them to their second World Series title in 2003.
McKeon managed the Marlins from 2003-05 and then did interim duty in 2011.
McKeon's crowning accomplishment as a Marlin, aside from the World Series title, was being named NL Manager of the Year in 2003. He also managed the NL All Star team in 2004.
McKeon will stay seated during the televised portion of the draft, as the Marlins have no compensatory selections.
New York Mets: Mookie Wilson
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Mookie Wilson was a former Mets outfielder and coach. As a player, he was on the 1986 World Champion team where he hit the famed ball that passed through Bill Buckner's legs. Mookie would play ten seasons for the Mets, from 1980-1989.
Mookie was elected to the Mets Hall of Fame in 1996 and the year after was named the first base coach. He held onto the position until 2002 and then took it back again in 2011.
Mookie will announce the 35th pick in the draft for the Mets.
Washington Nationals: Bob Boone and Pat Corrales
Bob Boone and Pat Corrales are former managers. Boone is also the assistant General Manager of the Nationals.
Corrales was the former bench coach for the Nationals during the tenures of Manny Acta and Jim Riggleman. He also served as the first base coach for the team when Davey Johnson took over the team.
Neither Boone nor Corrales will announce any picks in the compensatory round.
Baltimore Orioles: Brady Anderson
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Brady Anderson is a former Orioles outfielder who played for the team for virtually all his career. From 1988-2001, Anderson was on the Orioles roster.
Anderson wasn't much of a hitter, having a career average of .256, but he did have some power in him. During the 1996 season he became a human launchpad, hitting 50 home runs, second only to Mark McGwire. He was also an All-Star in 1992, 1996 and 1997.
Anderson will not announce any picks in the draft.
San Diego Padres: Brad Ausmus
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Brad Ausmus is a former catcher for four Major League Baseball teams including the San Diego Padres, and is a member of the Padres front office. He also is expected to manage the inaugural Israeli baseball team in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic.
Ausmus is more well known for his years as a Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros backstop, having been named an All-Star in 1999 and a Gold Glove winner in 2001, 2002 and 2006. However he started out as a catcher for the Padres, playing for them from 1993-1996 and had his best season in 1995.
Ausmus will announce the 33rd, 44th and 55th picks in the Draft, as the Padres own those choices.
Philadelphia Phillies: Pat Gillick
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Pat Gillick is a Hall of Fame General Manager who was the grand architect of the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies (and 1992 and 1993 Toronto Blue Jays) that won the World Series.
Through careful drafting and smart trades, the Phillies, under Gillick's leadership, were able to soundly defeat the upstart Tampa Bay Rays, who after years of futility had advanced to their first World Series.
Gillick would be the Phillies GM from 2006 until his retirement from baseball after the World series in '08. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 via the Veterans Committee.
Gillick will announce the 40th and 54th picks in the draft.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Kent Tekulve
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Kent Tekulve is a former pitcher and World Series champion with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Currently a studio analyst for the Pirates, he is well known for his durability, even as a reliever.
Tekulve was part of the famous "We Are Family" Pirates that won the 1979 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles. After that, he was named to the 1980 NL All-Star team.
Tekulve will announce the 45th pick in the Draft.
Texas Rangers: Ivan Rodriguez
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To say that Pudge Rodriguez is one of the greatest Texas Rangers in baseball is an understatement. Because Nolan Ryan wasn't a Ranger for the majority of his career, Pudge takes it.
An All-Star from 1992-2001 with Texas, Pudge also won the Gold Glove every year he was an All-Star in Texas, and won the Silver Slugger from 1994-1999. His best season in Texas was 1999, when he won the AL MVP.
Rodriguez will announce the 39th and 53rd picks in the Draft.
Tampa Bay Rays: Roberto Hernandez
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Roberto Hernandez pitched for many teams during his 17-year major league career. One of them was the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays.
As a Devil Ray, Hernandez pitched from 1998-2000, serving as their closer. His best year with the team was 1999, when he was selected to the All-Star team.
Unlike last year, when Hernandez stepped up to the podium a record seven times, he will stay seated during the televised portion of the Draft.
Boston Red Sox: Dwight Evans
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Dwight Evans is a former outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, who played all but one season for the team. From 1972-1990, Evans and his caterpillar mustache would play right field for the Red Sox.
Evans played on two AL Pennant-winning Red Sox teams (1975 and 1986) as well as the 1988 AL East Champions. In addition, he played on the AL All-Stars in 1978, 1981 and 1987, won the Gold Glove eight times and was a two-time Silver Slugger.
Evans will announce the 37th pick in the Draft.
Cincinnati Reds: Sean Casey
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Sean Casey is a former first baseman who played from 1998-2005 with the Cincinnati Reds. Regarded as the friendliest player in baseball during his time in baseball, Casey was nicknamed "The Mayor."
Mayor Casey had his best years in Cincinnati, making the All-Star team in 1999, 2001 and 2004 and winning the 1999 Hutch award for the player who has the best fighting spirit, so named for former Reds manager Fred Hutchinson.
Casey will announce the 49th and 57th picks in the Draft.
Colorado Rockies: Garrett Atkins
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Garrett Atkins is a former utility player for the Colorado Rockies. Primarily a third baseman, Atkins was known for his contact hitting and his contribution to the 2007 NL Champion Rockies.
Atkins' best year was 2005, when he was named a Topps Rookie All-Star and Rookie of the Month in June. For most of 2006 he also led the NL in batting before ultimately losing the title to Freddy Sanchez of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Atkins will announce the 46th pick in the draft.
Kansas City Royals: Willie Mays Aikens
Willie Mays Aikens was a former outfielder who played for the Kansas City Royals from 1980-1983.
Aikens had much promise, but his career was cut short by a cocaine problem when he was implicated in the Pittsburgh Drug Trials in 1985.
Aikens did play in the 1980 World Series, which the Royals lost to the Phillies. He was one of the top hitters on the team.
The Drug Trials overshadowed the fact that Aikens was a great offensive star who had the potential to lead the team in several important categories.
Aikens will not announce any picks in the draft, as the Royals did not lose any type A or B Free Agents.
Detroit Tigers: Murray Cook
Contrary to popular belief, Murray Cook did not moonlight as a member of The Wiggles.
Murray Cook is an area scout for the Detroit Tigers and a former general manager for the Yankees, Montreal Expos and Reds.
As a general manager, Cook was not on any particularly good teams. He dismantled the Expos, trading away top stars for prospects. However he is more known for a scandal in which he was fired by the Expos, the reason being that he had an affair with then-president Claude Brouchu's wife. Cook and Pamela Brochu later would marry.
Cook will not announce any picks during the draft.
Minnesota Twins: Tony Oliva
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Tony Oliva is a former outfielder and designated hitter for the Minnesota Twins. Having played his whole career for the team (1962-1976) he is a Twins legend.
Oliva's legacy with the Twins includes winning the 1964 AL Rookie of the Year award, getting selected to the All-Star Team each year from 1964-1971, winning the 1966 Gold Glove for right fielders and getting his number 6 retired by the team.
Oliva is also recognized by the Twins with a statue outside of Target Field.
Oliva will announce the 32nd and 42nd picks in the Draft.
Chicago White Sox: Ron Karkovice
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Ron Karkovice is a former catcher for the White Sox who, like Tony Oliva, played the entirety of his major league career with the same team.
Karkovice is a former first-rounder, taken back in 1982. He had a 12-year career, playing from 1986-1997 with the Sox.
Karkovice will announce the 48th pick in the draft.
New York Yankees: CC Sabathia
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CC really needs no introduction here, as we all know that he is the staff ace of the Yankees. He was a former first-round pick of the Indians and part of the reason why the draft rules were amended, as he was signed in the same offseason that Mark Teixeira was, thus cheating the Milwaukee Brewers out of the Yankees' first-round draft pick, which went to the Angels.
CC has been selected to two All-Star teams with the Yankees, was the 2009 ALCS MVP, a World Series Champion and was a Warren Spahn Award winner in 2009.
Even though Sabathia will possibly be the first active player to be a draft ambassador, he will not have the chance to announce any picks, as the Yankees have no compensatory picks.