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Candy Man can represent Bucs at 2010 Draft

Candy Man can represent Bucs at 2010 Draft

Owner of the last no-hitter in Pirates history and a World Series ring from the last time Pittsburgh won the Fall Classic, John Candelaria will be on hand to represent his former club at the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

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Keeping with tradition since the Draft was first televised in 2007, each club will have one or two representatives make its first-round selection, with the 6-foot-7 Candelaria drawing the honor for the Pirates, who have the No. 2 overall pick.

MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 7-9 on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, June 7, beginning with the Draft preview show at 6 p.m. ET.

MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.

Coverage for Rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at noon, and Rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at noon. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.

Candelaria, whose 19-year career spanned eight different franchises and two separate stints with the Pirates, no-hit the Dodgers on Aug. 9, 1976, and won Game 6 of the 1979 World Series in Baltimore by shutting out the Orioles over six innings. Pittsburgh won on the road again in Game 7 to complete its comeback from a three-games-to-one deficit and capture its fifth title. That group of Pirates became famous for its theme song, Sister Sledge's "We Are Family."

The left-handed Candelaria -- known as "The Candy Man" -- played for the Pirates from 1975-1985 and again in 1993, his last season of baseball, finishing with a career record of 177-122 with a 3.33 ERA.

Matt Fortuna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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