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The Padres drafted Johnny Manziel

Jun 7, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

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In the 28th round of the MLB first-year player draft, the Padres selected Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M University, 837th overall. You are more familiar with him from his exploits in football — the Cleveland Browns drafted him in the first round, 22nd overall, of the recent NFL draft.

It’s not unheard of for a team to draft a two-sport star where baseball is clearly on the back burner. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and reported to Single-A Tri-City. He posted a .713 OPS in 143 plate appearances. The next season, he finished with a .708 OPS in 236 PA for Single-A Asheville.

As with Wilson, you can expect Manziel to focus on football rather than baseball.

  1. Conner012367 - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    he was a baseball player? i thought he was always a QB.

  2. stabonerichard - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Juan Beisbols.

  3. greymares - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    He would be wise to sign with the Padres, he won’t make it as a QB.

  4. andreweac - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Johnny Douchebag!!!

  5. sd619tripleog - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Padres GM needs to be fired for this. Yea it makes the headlines but padres needs A LOT to even contend. Complete waste

    • DJ MC - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      From 2009–when the last 28th-round pick to make the majors was drafted–back through 2000, 21 total picks from that round made the majors at all. The best of them is probably Sergio Romo who, while a really good reliever, isn’t exactly a franchise-changing talent.

      So yeah, fire your GM for wasting a pick in a draft that for all teams is 90-95 percent wasted picks. That’s the kind of brilliant management that has led the Padres throughout the franchise’s history.

  6. xpensivewinos - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    This is a perfect example of why the San Diego Padres are a pathetic dumpster fire.

  7. yankeessuckameanone - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Why waste a pick?

  8. doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    better than going to cleveland

  9. sisisisisisisi - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    May 2013 in San Diego

    • gloccamorra - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      That’s what inspired the Padres to make the pick. They probably plan on converting him from shortstop to pitcher. He showed a great deal of deception on that pitch, and in case you missed it, it was a sinkerball over the plate.

  10. renaado - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    What a waste, He’d still pick that rugby kind of sport.

  11. Robert - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    JM will pulls a Bo Jackson, then in a few years sign with the Cowboys.(Recap: Bo was drafted by the Bucs and then the KC Royals, he went to Kansas City, then eventually left to play with the L.A. Raiders)

    Cleveland cant hold a candle to San Diego.

    Manziel will be batting in the second spot at Petco Park in perfect weather.

    • janessa31888 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:01 AM

      Yeah, sure the the Browns are terrrible and Cleveland has bad weather in the winter, but he wouldn’t be winning anything with the Padres, either.

      • Robert - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        He would make more money and have a better career- non injury wise, plus the weather would be better for the body.

        Would you rather lose with Cleveland or San Diego?

        BTW San Diego has been to a World Series, Cleveland has never been to a Super Bowl and completely sucks.

        San Diego has better chance of winning than the Sewer Browns.

        Time to take back your Manziel’s jerseys for a refund, Lebron made the right move and so will Johnny.

        San Diego and Miami or Cleveland? When JM leaves Cleveland for San Diego, when will Cleveland fans realize their city and sports teams are an embarrassment. Really?- Brown and Orange is great color combo? lol

  12. Robert - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:39 AM


  13. breesus09 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    After 20th round, all picks are pretty much throw always. Very few sign at this point so gms just throw stuff at the wall & hope something works. Most teams draft high ranked players that are definitely going to school or former greats kids just for show. Not a big deal.

  14. campcouch - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Johnny Manziel’s PR department thanks the Padres for the free press.

  15. pappageorgio - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    I’m not against wasting a 28th rd pick……but for manziel?

    Picking a kid like Wilson or a Andrew luck….a high character kid I mean…..this might make some sense. But manziel is a dumpster fire in the character dept. what’s he going to do? Come in for spring training and talk to the young players about hard work….then fly them all to Vegas to get wasted and get some hookers?

    This is just dumb.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:09 AM

      sounds like a good time to me

      • renaado - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:34 AM

        Clearly a bad example…

  16. Robert - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Manziel will sign with the Padres, and then make a possible return to the NFL when a real team shows interest.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      I don’t know… first round NFL money is a lot more than 28th round baseball money, and there’s the direct-to-the-NFL allure of a first rounder, while a baseball career begins with a minor league bus tour with minimal press coverage and low pay.

      • Robert - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Manziel’s career will be ruined if he signs with Cleveland.

        Bo Jackson rejected Tampa Bay, and he still played football after a few years in baseball, and made lots of money.

        Cleveland is it’s own worst enemy, see the Ravens, that should be the Browns if they would of gave Modell his new stadium, which they ended up building anyway.

        Since 1999, all the QB’s they have drafted or acquired have blown. Colt Mc Coy being the last – had a great college career in Texas, and was drafted by Cleveland and was never the same.

        A tooth fairy for a logo is not good for football.

        Indians, Cavs or Browns they all suck and will never win a championship.

        Lebron James is playing for another ring today.

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