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Yanks take Livesey _ just as he predicted

Steve Livesey's professional baseball career has not yet started, but already the Springstead High graduate is 1-for-1. Last week, Livesey said he figured that the New York Yankees would select him in the baseball amateur player draft this week.

Late Tuesday, Livesey received word that his soothsaying skills are about as good as his baseball ability. That's when a Yankees scout called, he said, with word that New York had made him one of its picks.

"I was pretty happy to hear it," Livesey said. "I was hoping to go, but I was never really too sure it would happen."

It was not by shear luck that Livesey guessed what team would pick him. His father, former Eckerd College coach Bill Livesey, is the Yankees' scouting coordinator; and his brother, Auburn University graduate Steve Livesey, is a catcher for the Yankees' Class AA affiliate in Albany, N.Y.

Livesey said he thought he was taken sometime between the 30th and 40th rounds, though he was not sure exactly when.

A Yankees official confirmed the selection, but not the round in which Livesey was selected. Except for first-round choices, Major League Baseball does not release the draft results until at least June 12. The 1990 draft lasted nearly 100 rounds. This year's draft was scheduled to conclude Wednesday.

Livesey said he plans to sign a contract with the organization today and report to the Yankees' Class A New York-Penn League affiliate in Oneonta, N.Y., Sunday. Oneonta, whose roster includes mainly professional rookies with college experience, opens its 78-game season June 17.

Livesey is a 1986 graduate of Springstead High, where he earned All-Gulf Coast Conference honors after a 15-game hitting streak that still stands as a school record.

He played shortstop for the Eagles, who finished 13-12 after opening the '86 season 5-0 and ranked No. 6 in the state, after transferring to Springstead from Lakeland Regional High, in Wanaque, N.J., during December of his senior year.

Livesey recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from Davidson (N.C.) College, an NCAA Division I program for which he played third base for four seasons. He briefly played football at Davidson before suffering a knee injury that required major reconstructive surgery.

After rehabilitating the knee and recovering from minor shoulder surgery, Livesey returned for his senior season in baseball. Since graduating, he has been working out at the Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa.