San Diego drafts Browns QB Johnny Manziel in 28th round
Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M but never played for the Aggies.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — 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 @Padres and @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 ... #JohnnyBaseball.”
Other prominent names drafted included Mariano Rivera III, the son of the former record-breaking closer, by the New York Yankees in the 29th round, and Ryan Ripken, the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., by Washington in the 15th round.
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