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Former Yankees prospect Brandon Weeden returns to mound

Jun 20, 2012, 11:50 PM EDT

Brandon Weeden AP

Cleveland Browns first-round pick and former Yankees minor leaguer Brandon Weeden threw out the first pitch for the Indians tonight, missing high and inside.

It must have brought back memories.

Weeden pitched for five years in the minors, four in the Yankees’ system, after the Bombers made him a second-round pick in 2002 and went 19-26 with a 5.02 ERA and a 344/213 K/BB ratio in 374 1/3 innings before deciding to give up baseball for football.

Of course, things got a lot better for him with his new sport. After redshirting in 2007 and spending two years as a backup, Weeden became one of college football’s top quarterbacks the last two years, and despite his advanced age, the Browns made him the 22nd selection in April’s draft.

After the first pitch today, Weeden said it was the first time in four years he had picked up a baseball.

“I don’t miss it,” Weeden said of the minors. “If I had made it all the way up here (the majors) I’m sure it would be a different story.”

  1. Alex K - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    I’m pretty sure that if he had made the majors he wouldn’t have gone to college to play football.

  2. TheNaturalMevs - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    He’s going to be really bad and Cleveland will be sending yet another new QB out to that tattered mound at Progressive in just two short years to throw out a first pitch.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      I haven’t seen him pitrch, either, so I don’t reallly know how he’s gong to do other than by looking at his old stats.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        what? He is going to the NFL.

  3. teamobijuan - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    He’s old enough to be Moyer’s father.

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