Tahlequah Daily Press


June 6, 2014

Gordon watches another son go in MLB draft

Major League Baseball draft notebook


SWAN SONG: Every year, Commissioner Bud Selig likes to talk about how far the Major League Baseball draft has come during the many decades he's spent in the game, from an almost mysterious conference call among the clubs to a made-for-TV event broadcast live in prime time.

Selig is set to retire in January, so Thursday night was his last time up at the podium announcing first-round picks. He was asked if such things make him wistful this year.

"You know, I'm not to that point yet," Selig said. "That's a great question, and I've thought about it. But I really don't think about it in that regard. But I guess I would say to you that I'm so comfortable in my decision that I've sort of accepted this now as part of what I'm doing. But I've still got eight or nine months."

Selig told a couple of favorite stories about how his Milwaukee Brewers came to draft Robin Yount and Paul Molitor when he owned the team. He went to the MLB Fan Cave in downtown New York City for the first time Thursday and said he had fun.

He also enjoys announcing that teams are "now on the clock!"

"Everybody in baseball kids me about that," Selig said. "Yeah, I am. I'm adding some flourish. And this is enjoyable for me."

Selig said last September he will retire on Jan. 24, 2015, after 22 years in charge, two shy of the record set when Kenesaw Mountain Landis held the job from 1920-44.

REMEMBER ME?: Jacob Gatewood, a high school shortstop from California, was selected 41st overall by Milwaukee.

Gatewood put on an impressive power display last summer in a promotional event during the All-Star Home Run Derby, hitting several balls into the upper reaches of spacious Citi Field. He attended the draft at MLB Network Studios.

"I couldn't wait to hear my name called," he said.

Gatewood's father, Henry, was chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the January draft in 1982 and spent seven seasons as a minor league catcher.

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