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MLB notebook: Draft to be televised on MLB Network

The MLB Draft, which will still occur June 10 at 7pm ET, will again be televised on MLB Network, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale on Friday.

Originally, the draft was going to take place in Omaha, Neb., the site of the College World Series. Now, there will be a camera placed at each person’s home making the selections.

Round 1 will be June 10 at 7pm ET, and rounds 2-5 will start June 11 at 5pm ET. Players not selected in the abbreviated draft can be signed for no more than $20,000.

No MLB team is permitted to contact any player who’s bypassed in the draft, including family members or representatives, until 9am ET on June 14. There is no restriction on how many players can be signed by clubs for $20,000 or less.

—— Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker spoke Friday on the passing of Bob Watson.

“He was one of the guys that was so kind to me when I first came up to the big leagues with the Braves,” Baker said. “One time, after a game, he picked me up and talked to me about how to drive in runs.

“After that, we became friends and talked often. He was a run producer and a competitor that played hard. He lived his life the way a man should. Always clean cut, straightforward and direct. He remained the same when he got to the league office.

“Even though we were friends, when I managed, he probably fined me as heavily as anyone. I nicknamed him Judge Dredd in jest. I think he kind of liked that name. I’m sorry to see him go. We truly lost one of the finest guys, not only in baseball, but in life.”

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