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June 4, 1985 | STEVE DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
Not long ago, Chris Gwynn was phoned by a Dodger official. "Chris," the caller said, "would you have anything against playing for the Dodgers?" Gwynn could have objected on the grounds that his brother Tony plays for the Padres. But he didn't. By holding his peace, Chris Gwynn may one day discover what it's like playing against his brother. He was selected in the first round of Monday's free agent draft by the Dodgers.
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May 31, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
With all that has been said about Kris Bryant's prodigious baseball talents — the tape-measure home runs, pitches he shouldn't have been able to hit but did — he is also a scholar-athlete, a highly intelligent young man. It must run in the family. Because Grandpa was certainly no fool. From the time Bryant was 8 or so, college baseball's most feared slugger recalls his grandfather awarding him $20 for every home run. The practice allowed Bryant to accumulate quite a bundle of Jacksons before the rewards stopped during his high school years.
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June 4, 1989 | BEN WALKER, Associated Press
On June 5, 1982, the Minnesota Twins' future looked bright. They had the fourth pick in the baseball draft that morning and when it came their time to select, the player they wanted was still available. "It was an obvious choice," recalled George Brophy, then the Twins' vice president for scouting. "Bryan Oelkers had been the college pitcher of the year. He was exactly what we needed. So we took him." The New York Mets had the next pick. They took Dwight Gooden. "Sure, now everybody asks why we didn't get Gooden," said Brophy, currently a scout for Houston.
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June 4, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Jake Lemmerman remembers the day he was taken in the Major League Baseball draft like it was yesterday — in fact, it's been nearly a year. "It's kind of surreal, basically. This is what I always wanted, with the team I always wanted to play for," says the Dodgers minor leaguer who was taken in the fifth round last June. Teammate Blake Smith, a second-round selection in 2009, won't soon forget his selection, either. "I think about it all the time," he says. "It definitely changed my life.
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June 4, 1985 | BOB CUOMO, Times Staff Writer
Major league baseball's 21st annual summer free-agent draft took on Olympic proportions Monday when North Carolina catcher B. J. Surhoff, Mississippi State first baseman Will Clark, Oklahoma pitcher Bobby Witt and Michigan shortstop Barry Larkin were the first four players selected. Surhoff, Clark, Witt and Larkin all were members of the college all-star team that represented the United States in last year's Olympic tournament.
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June 2, 1986 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
The availability of Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson lends a degree of glamour and mystery to today's annual June baseball draft, but it is the Angels, with five of the first 28 picks, who figure to get rich. "We're in a situation without precedent," scouting director Larry Himes said Sunday. "Now I have to rub the Buddha and see if we can pick the right ones." Most say the Angels can't miss, citing the depth of the 1986 talent pool.
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June 2, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Don't ask UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole about the Major League Baseball draft on Monday. It's against the rules. "He has declined interview requests that focus on the upcoming MLB draft," said an email from the school's media relations department. Don't ask Cole about his 6-7 record heading into an NCAA regional game Friday night against San Francisco, either. He has a pat answer: "I stay focused on the team and myself. There is no magic wand to make it all positive. " And don't ask UCLA Coach John Savage why Cole will pitch the opener instead of Trevor Bauer, Collegiate Baseball magazine's player of the year.
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July 6, 1987
Ken Griffey Jr., the first player taken in the major league baseball draft this spring, will miss 3 to 5 days of play for the Bellingham Mariners after suffering a mild concussion and a bruised shoulder when he crashed into the center field wall as he caught a fly ball.
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June 10, 2000
Robin Beauregard, from Marina High and UCLA, scored once for the U.S. women's team in a 14-8 exhibition loss to Australia Friday in Sydney. The U.S. will continue to train in Australia before returning June 18 to prepare for the Holiday Cup July 4-9 in Los Alamitos. BASEBALL Beau Kemp, a freshman at Saddleback College, was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball draft. Kemp, a graduate of Nathan Hale High in Tulsa, Okla., was 7-5 with two saves and a 1.
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June 4, 1985 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
By the time Padre shortstop Garry Templeton's four-year contract expires in 1988, maybe Joey Cora or Mark Cole will be ready to inherit a position that up until this past winter was expected to go to Ozzie Guillen. Guillen was traded to the Chicago White Sox in the LaMarr Hoyt deal last winter. Thus, the opening for a young shortstop in the Padre organization. In the two rounds of the regular phase of the major league baseball draft held Monday, the Padres selected two shortstops.
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June 2, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Don't ask UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole about the Major League Baseball draft on Monday. It's against the rules. "He has declined interview requests that focus on the upcoming MLB draft," said an email from the school's media relations department. Don't ask Cole about his 6-7 record heading into an NCAA regional game Friday night against San Francisco, either. He has a pat answer: "I stay focused on the team and myself. There is no magic wand to make it all positive. " And don't ask UCLA Coach John Savage why Cole will pitch the opener instead of Trevor Bauer, Collegiate Baseball magazine's player of the year.
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August 25, 2006 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
The phone started ringing at 7:30 Wednesday morning at Robert Stock's house in Agoura. When his father, Gregg, picked up, first-year USC baseball Coach Chad Kreuter was on the line with some big news. "He's in," Kreuter said. Stock, 16, who is among the top baseball prospects in the nation, had been accepted to enter an early admissions program at USC.
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June 7, 2005 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
The patch of dirt halfway between second base and third on a baseball field is the place Troy Tulowitzki has called home since he was 5. It's just that back then, during tee-ball games, he had a hard time staying put. "He chased down every ball," his father, Ken, recalled. "The ball would be hit to the second baseman and he still wanted it. It got almost to the point where you had to say, 'Troy, that's your position. You have to stay there.'
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May 17, 2005 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
In the fall, DeSean Jackson won The Times' Glenn Davis Award as the top high school football player in the Southland. In the winter, he accepted a scholarship offer from California, choosing to play wide receiver for the Golden Bears over dozens of high-profile programs, including USC. And this spring, Jackson may make news again, except this time on a different playing field.
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June 10, 2000
Robin Beauregard, from Marina High and UCLA, scored once for the U.S. women's team in a 14-8 exhibition loss to Australia Friday in Sydney. The U.S. will continue to train in Australia before returning June 18 to prepare for the Holiday Cup July 4-9 in Los Alamitos. BASEBALL Beau Kemp, a freshman at Saddleback College, was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball draft. Kemp, a graduate of Nathan Hale High in Tulsa, Okla., was 7-5 with two saves and a 1.
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May 4, 2000 | GARY KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the June 5 major league baseball draft approaches, the top high school players in Southern California have one more month to impress local and national scouts who are descending on area diamonds for final looks at prospects. The stakes are high. Last year, the average signing bonus for first-round draft picks was a record $1,809,767, said Allan Simpson, editor of Baseball America magazine, which has tracked the draft since 1981.
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June 20, 1985 | GORDON MONSON, Times Staff Writer
In the major league baseball draft earlier this month, Chatsworth High's Chae-Ho Chong was picked by the Baltimore Orioles. Smiles all around. Trouble is, he was taken in the 36th round, the 836th selection overall. Baltimore scout Ed Crosby claims that the Orioles really do have an interest in the 17-year-old. "We had enough interest to draft him," Crosby said, "which is an honor really, so we think he's got some talent."
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June 7, 1996 | STEVE HENSON
Note: Draft information provided by players and scouts. Major League Baseball has released no draft information beyond the first round.
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