If Johnny Manziel falls flat on his face in his first season with the Cleveland Browns and decides he wants to pursue a career in professional baseball, the San Diego Padres will have the first shot at him. The Padres selected Manziel with the 837th overall pick (28th round) in the 2014 MLB draft on Saturday.
Yes, this is for real. As our friend Matt Clapp reminded us, this is not the first time a team has done something like this. The Colorado Rockies drafted Michael Vick in the 30th round of the 2000 MLB draft when he was coming out of Virginia Tech. It’s called a publicity stunt.
Either the Padres had literally no players on their board worth drafting after 27 rounds, or they really liked what they saw from Manziel when he visited Petco Park and threw out the ceremonial first pitch last season.
Manziel actually played baseball for 15 years before football became his only priority, so he has plenty of experience. But, again, we all know what the Padres were doing here. Manziel will never play pro baseball. When you consider some of rare gems that are found extremely late in the draft, it’s kind of a shame they would waste a pick.
Worked out pretty well the first time. pic.twitter.com/dgodvEflat
— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 7, 2014