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Lemon to represent Tigers at First-Year Player Draft

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CLEVELAND -- Former Tigers great Chet Lemon will serve as one of two team representatives at Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft next month.

Lemon wasn't a Tigers Draft pick, though he was a first-rounder. The 22nd overall selection in the 1972 Draft came to Detroit from the White Sox in an '81 trade for Steve Kemp, the first overall selection in the '76 Draft.

Lemon has had a big role in developing baseball players in his post-playing career. A longtime coach in youth baseball and former high school coach, he has served as the baseball director for Florida AAU, a competitive program based out of the Orlando area.

Joining Lemon at the Draft will be Murray Cook, a former general manager who has spent the last seven years as a scouting crosschecker for the Tigers. Cook hired Dombrowski in the mid-1980s to join the Expos organization as the farm director, starting him on his path towards a general manager.

The 2014 Draft will take place on June 5-7, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 5, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 74 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of the second and third days will begin with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. ET on June 6.

MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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