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Selig Reiterates Belief That Hard-Slotting System Is Inevitable For MLB Draft
Published June 7, 2011
INSIDE THE STUDIO: MLB Network broadcasted last night's Draft live for the third consecutive year from its Studio 42 in Secaucus. Similar to last year, the production included a one-hour pre-event show, look-ins to 22 team war rooms, up from 20 a year ago, and several HOFers on-site at MLB Network studios as team representatives. The Pirates selected UCLA P Gerrit Cole with the first overall pick, giving agent Scott Boras his third straight top overall selection following the Nationals taking P Stephen Strasburg in '09 and RF Bryce Harper a year ago. Despite the continued growth in the draft's prominence and importance, a MLB Network producer last night still sought to prompt the in-studio crowd to make more noise after Selig announced each pick, not unlike some other TV productions. His wording, however, generated some awkward laughter among the assembled fans. "Even if it's fake, it's good for TV," the producer said (Fisher).