'Blue Moon' representing A's at Draft

'Blue Moon' representing A's at Draft

OAKLAND -- John "Blue Moon" Odom, a member of the pitching staff that helped the A's win three consecutive World Series titles in the early 1970's, has been selected to represent the club at the First-Year Player Draft next month in Florida.

Odom, a right-hander who played in the big leagues for 13 seasons and was an American League All-Star for Oakland in 1968 and 1969, made four postseason starts and worked in relief six times for the 1972-74 Athletics, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.07 ERA.

MLB.com will carry every pick of the 2008 Draft, which takes place June 5-6 at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins at 10 a.m. PT with a special ceremonial draft of former Negro Leaguers who will be on hand at The Milk House.

The First-Year Player Draft follows at 11 a.m. with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. The remaining rounds on Day 1 will be shown exclusively on BaseballChannel.TV, with live analysis on site from MLB.com Draft guru Jonathan Mayo and David Rawnsley of Perfect Game USA.

Several of the top amateur prospects are expected to be in attendance in Orlando for Day 1 of the Draft, and each of the 30 Major League clubs will be represented by front office executives and baseball luminaries. Fans are welcome to attend Day 1 of the Draft, and admission to The Milk House is free with seating limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Day 2 will get under way at 8:30 a.m. and will continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.

Odom, 63, will be among the many baseball luminaries present in Orlando, as each team has tabbed at least one prominent player from its past to sit at its Draft table.

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.