Baseball’s draft is going from the Magic Kingdom to . . . New Jersey.
Cheer up, it’s actually better than that sounds. Major League Baseball confirmed today in a press release that the 2009 draft will take place at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., moving after a two-year stay in Orlando.
MLB is hoping the move and the prime-time start of the draft on its new network will encourage more players to attend the draft. In 2007, three first-rounders were on hand at the Milkhouse in Orlando, and last year only Twins first-rounder Aaron Hicks attended in person.
This year’s draft show will start at 6 p.m. Eastern, with the draft itself starting shortly thereafter. For the first time, the draft will last three days. It starts June 9 with the first 111 selections, rounds one through three with compensation picks. The fourth round begins June 10 at noon ET, with the draft tentatively scheduled to get through the 30th round. The rest of the draft wraps up on the 11th.
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