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Padres draft Browns QB Johnny Manziel in 28th round

Manziel Drafted By Padres

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Just call him Johnny Baseball.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday - the 837th player taken. Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he never played for the Aggies as he focused on football.

Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012, was taken by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft last month.

"Big thank you to the (at)Padres and (at)padresmikedee for selecting me in the MLB draft," Manziel wrote on his Twitter page. "What a great day!"

Dee, the Padres' president and CEO, tweeted back: "Best athlete on the board... (hash)JohnnyBaseball."

Manziel played baseball and football at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, and asked Texas A&M coaches about being part of the baseball team before winning the Aggies' starting quarterback job as a redshirt freshman.

Earlier this week, Manziel - decked out in an Indians jersey - was set to throw out the first pitch in Cleveland before the Indians played Boston. His toss was washed out by rain that delayed the start.

But, in May 2013, Manziel took batting practice with the Padres at Petco Park and tossed out a football-style first pitch as he dropped back, scrambled to the side of the mound and floated a bootleg "pass" to San Diego outfielder Mark Kotsay, who caught it behind his back with his glove.

On Manziel's first swing in batting practice, the bat flew out of his hands, but he settled down and later drove a pitch off the right-field wall.

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moochelleboochelle June 07 2014 at 9:44 PM

HELLO HATERS...LETS WAIT UNTIL...HE KNOCKS OUT HIS OLE LADY...MURDERS SOMEONE...KILLS SOMEONE IN A DRUNK DRIVING MURDER...FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

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Tom McIndoe moochelleboochelle June 08 2014 at 2:01 PM

While you are at it, making vicious remarks about quarterbacks, lets hear what you have to say about Michael Vicks . Oh, that wouldn't be PC.

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eagle6922 June 07 2014 at 8:14 PM

STOP CALLING MANZIEL>>>>>>>>JOHNNY FOOTBALL..........WHAT AN INSULT TO THE GAME.........

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linxwind June 07 2014 at 10:11 PM

He will never make in football baseball is his only chance !

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rb June 07 2014 at 9:04 PM

With all of the partying and trying to learn a pro offense and practicing and playing in football games....would he have time for baseball? He certainly wouldn't cut back on his partying. A guy has to have his priorities straight you know.

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juststeve35 rb June 07 2014 at 9:12 PM

Not a fan of Johnny's but he ain't doing anything different from any other kid his age who just got a big time job...

I even think he's got it in him to learn the mechanics of running an offense!

I just don't think he even close to possessing NFL QB talent...

Which effectively mean it does not matter what skills he may learn with the Browns, he lacks the proper foundation to even try to build upon.

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petpetdon rb June 08 2014 at 1:22 AM

If he continues to party his NFL career will be very short.

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wasbigelild June 07 2014 at 10:23 PM

Seems silly that he never played, yet, he was drafted. I feel bad for those that actually played in college, and were picked behind him.

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lthrnck68 June 07 2014 at 10:47 PM

Go with baseball. It's a safer sport.

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hugh4u2 June 08 2014 at 7:35 AM

just like weeden, mcCoy, brady, and couch He will fail.........

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bemused hugh4u2 June 08 2014 at 10:48 AM

Brady failed? Are we talking Tom Brady? Did you know that Brady/Bellichick have 58 playoff victories? A record?

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tinaopoland bemused June 08 2014 at 6:23 PM

I think they are talking about Brady Quinn.

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swordplay62 June 07 2014 at 7:26 PM

He has a much brighter future in baseball than football. Seeing the big plays he made in college I can tell you now he wouldn't have a chance to make in the NFL not to mention he's just too short. Hope we see him in the MLB.

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landslowrance June 07 2014 at 8:58 PM

He will have a longer career in baseball.

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David S. landslowrance June 08 2014 at 7:56 AM

Yeesh, he's 22 years old. What were you at that age, a college professor.......I haven't heard any scandals about his partying.

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richy3 David S. June 11 2014 at 4:34 PM

Lets talk about autograph signing for pay as a student athlete which is illegal by NCAA rules. Daddy warbucks helped get him off with a slight penalty and you think he won't party once he gets to the big leagues? Lets also talk about the rubbing the fingers together when he got drafted, boy that really showed some class on his part. He starts showing some class like palmer, Jordan, P.Manning then i'll start respecting him. Until then Go Steelers,Bengals and Ravens put him where he belongs,on the turf !!!

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Mary June 07 2014 at 8:56 PM

this person is so full of him self. I can't wait for real mean to knock this kid of his pedestal.. Wait till other teams start hitting this gut.. They will be no more photo's of him rubbing his fingers together.. He will not last the year. His own teammates will not take hid crap.. Can't wait ffor training camp.. just wait he be crying in no time

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steves1709 Mary June 07 2014 at 9:03 PM

He's not the cryer Tebow was...

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juststeve35 steves1709 June 07 2014 at 9:09 PM

Don't be so fast to decide that...

I watched his face fall, pick by pick, until it flat out collapsed when even the Cowboys took a pass.

I think this one's got 'bleeder' written all over him.

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Mitch Welch steves1709 June 08 2014 at 8:07 AM

Perhaps that's because he hasn't received near the criticism Tebow did. People were constantly critical of Tebow simply because he wore his Christian faith on his sleeve.

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Tom McIndoe Mary June 08 2014 at 2:11 PM

Knock him off his pedestal? Fat chance ! They have to catch him first, he will out run them...lol
As for his teammates? Wait and See how they feel when he wins game after game for them. Sounds like envy on your part.

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