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Johnny Manziel Selected By The San Diego Padres In 28th Round Of MLB Draft

Johnny Manziel last played baseball--outside of throwing out the occasional first pitch at an MLB game--as a high school junior. He was a middle infielder; good enough, apparently, that he talked to Texas A&M's baseballcoaches about joining the team in 2012. He did not, of course, going on to play two seasons of Aggie football before departing for the NFL. 

Manziel was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 22 pick of the first round in the 2014 NFL Draft. Saturday, the San Diego Padres snagged the former Heisman winner in the 28th round of the MLB Draft. 

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Having not played baseball since he was 17, Manziel will almost assuredly not pursue a professional baseball career. This is likely a publicity stunt, as Manziel threw out the first pitch at a Padres game last summer, and spent some time in the California city training for the NFL.

Manziel won't be the only NFL quarterback also a member of an MLB franchise. Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl winning quarterback, was acquired by the Texas Rangers in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft in December 2013. Wilson is better--and more serious--at baseball than Manziel, though, having played in college. He attended Texas' spring training this past March and still has a dream of playing professionally.