Hemond, Lemon to represent White Sox
Franchise icons to announce club's first pick
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ozzie Guillen might be the face of the Chicago White Sox organization, but Roland Hemond, the White Sox executive advisor, basically represents all that is good concerning the game of baseball.
So, it only stands to reason that Hemond and his 55 years of professional baseball experience will be attending the 2007 First-Year Player Draft in Orlando, Fla., on behalf of the White Sox. Hemond will be joined by Chet Lemon on June 7, marking the first time that this draft will be televised.
Others scheduled to attend as team representatives include Hall of Famers Robin Roberts, Tommy Lasorda, Dave Winfield and Jim Palmer. Lemon, 52, was the center fielder for the "South Side Hitmen," one of the more famous and entertaining teams in White Sox lore, covering the 1977 season.
Lemon hit .273 with 19 home runs and 67 RBIs as part of a team put together by Hemond, then the White Sox general manager. Lemon was one of nine players on that particular slugging roster to hit at least 10 home runs.
MLB.com will broadcast every pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 7-8 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Day 1 coverage begins at 1 p.m. CT with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. Video coverage of the remaining rounds on Day 1 will air at MLB.com, with live interviews and analysis from Orlando by Casey Stern, Jonathan Mayo and Perfect Game USA's Dave Rawnsley. Day 2 of the Draft will get under way at 10:30 a.m. CT and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com with analysis from Mayo and Perfect Game USA's Allan Simpson.
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.