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San Diego Padres draft Johnny Manziel

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The San Diego Chargers didn’t get a crack at quarterback Johnny Manziel in the NFL draft.  The San Diego Padres — along with every other Major League Baseball team — got plenty of cracks at Manziel in the MLB draft.

Eventually, the Padres pounced.

As noted by our brethren at CFT, the Padres selected Manziel in the 28th round.

It’s likely little more than a publicity stunt, which eventually could prompt a Russell Wilson-style visit to spring training and other notoriety, including the fact that the name “San Diego Padres” is getting national attention at a time when the team otherwise would get none.

Manziel, who has yet to sign a contract with the Browns and could, in theory, decide to ditch football for baseball, surely has no interest in becoming a modern-day Bo Jackson.  But he has no reason to complain about a development that allows Johnny Football a/k/a Johnny Cleveland a/k/a Johnny Vegas to add another alias to his portfolio.

Johnny San Diego.

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52 Responses to “San Diego Padres draft Johnny Manziel”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 7, 2014 5:23 PM

    Johnny Baseball sounds better.

  2. iloveagoodnap says: Jun 7, 2014 5:25 PM

    Why? It’s clear he’s choosing football. Why waste a draft pick. No wonder the padres have been irrelevant since the 98 World Series.

  3. kd75 says: Jun 7, 2014 5:28 PM

    28 rounds is a long time in the Green Room.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2014 5:31 PM

    It’s a stunt. They will send Johnny out with a tiny little bat, have him crouch over at the plate, and dare the pitcher to try to squeeze the ball between his shoulders and his knees. Been done before.

  5. 1rockyracoon says: Jun 7, 2014 5:32 PM

    iloveagoodnap,
    Relax, It was a 28th round pick–28! Teams will do stuff like this in the baseball draft with one of their late, late, late, late round picks.

  6. bassplucker says: Jun 7, 2014 5:33 PM

    Did he even play baseball in college? That’s just dumb.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2014 5:37 PM

    “Johnny Gaedel”.

  8. bucsorbust says: Jun 7, 2014 5:38 PM

    Good. He’s got a better chance of being successful at baseball than at football. Just saying. Browns QB funk continues.

  9. FlashPatterson says: Jun 7, 2014 5:42 PM

    Johnny SanDiego

  10. wiseone50 says: Jun 7, 2014 5:44 PM

    This is just too much… hilarious!!

  11. dalcow4 says: Jun 7, 2014 5:44 PM

    Bring Back The Brown!

  12. granadafan says: Jun 7, 2014 5:45 PM

    He’ll head over the border and be known as Juany Tijuana.

  13. mrtreyseven says: Jun 7, 2014 5:46 PM

    Boy I tell ya, lol it will be hilarious how everyone turn on the kid if/when the kid dont live up to the hype. Scratch that they just will make a different set of standards to justify how good all the while criticizing other very good QB’s doing better than him. Everyone loves a “GOLDEN BOY” and will ignore facts in theor faces

  14. digbysellers says: Jun 7, 2014 5:48 PM

    Trade him to Detroit. They need a SS tonight.

  15. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 7, 2014 5:51 PM

    The Indians’ GM might be thinking right now, gee I probably shouldn’t have been so rude on that last trade call that didn’t work out.

  16. bucsorbust says: Jun 7, 2014 5:54 PM

    Johnny who? Oh yeah, that feller who got passed up by 21 teams, including the team that eventually drafted him.

  17. bucsorbust says: Jun 7, 2014 5:57 PM

    Seriously, what’s the difference between Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziel? Brandon Weeden has taken an NFL snap. Ouch! Don’t count your chickens.

  18. offthelows says: Jun 7, 2014 5:58 PM

    The downside to this for people in Cleveland is if he signed some sort of inactive deal to retain the Padres rights, then he likely would stop making appearances at Indians games as a rooting fan, wearing their jersey, throwing a first pitch, etc… That’s what has happened this year in Seattle with Russell Wilson, after he was Rule 5 drafted by the Rangers. It’s slightly awkward, like the uproar in Boston when Brady was photographed in a Yankees cap.

  19. t500000t says: Jun 7, 2014 6:08 PM

    Not saying Manziel won’t end up being great but the Chargers already have a very good backup to Philip Rivers, in Brad Sorenson.

  20. rodvmunchiii says: Jun 7, 2014 6:11 PM

    Bo was the 1st overall pick in the 1985 draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who wanted to pair him with quarterback named Steve Young. Instead Bo played baseball and the Bucs traded Young to San Francisco.

  21. seahawksteven777 says: Jun 7, 2014 6:13 PM

    Yet another reason Baseball sucks. Drafting players from other sports when they’ll obviously never play their sport.

    And how many rounds of Baseball are there in their draft? My god, no wonder most people don’t like Baseball.

  22. doclolly says: Jun 7, 2014 6:14 PM

    Insiders sources say next year they plan on taking Jameis Winston in round 1

  23. Passionburnswithin says: Jun 7, 2014 6:22 PM

    No all he has to do is marry a girl named Carmen

  24. ripwarrior says: Jun 7, 2014 6:29 PM

    Johnny can pull a john elway now if he wanted to

  25. bucsorbust says: Jun 7, 2014 6:34 PM

    Johnny Football = Josh Freeman’s backup.

  26. qdog112 says: Jun 7, 2014 6:46 PM

    It’s likely little more than a publicity stunt, which eventually could prompt a Russell Wilson-style visit to spring training and other notoriety”
    *****************
    You don’t say. So Johnny will give them an inspirational talk on partying like a rock star 101. No accomplishments necessary.

    Johnny Manziel, the Justin Bieber of the NFL. Only in America.

  27. kwjsb says: Jun 7, 2014 7:00 PM

    Just goes to show how worthless the MLB draft really is.

  28. clbrwns says: Jun 7, 2014 7:10 PM

    LOL. Better check to see if I was drafted. I’ve not checked in on baseball for ….. oh 50 years or something.

  29. Robert says: Jun 7, 2014 7:11 PM

    Hmmmm….San Diego or Cleveland?

  30. bucsorbust says: Jun 7, 2014 7:58 PM

    What can go wrong? I mean 2/3 of the NFL passed on JF. They just can’t spot talent like Cleveland can; yeah, that’s it. I mean, just look at Brandon Weeden. Cleveland can shore pick ‘em.

  31. i10east says: Jun 7, 2014 7:59 PM

    Johnny Diego

  32. newjerseygiants says: Jun 7, 2014 8:09 PM

    He probably better than half the flunkies on the Mets. Heck, I’m better than a few of them. LOL!

  33. vanmorrissey says: Jun 7, 2014 8:26 PM

    Sign him and he hits 4th in the lineup tonight. Crappiest offense in MLB, so why not.

  34. graphis56 says: Jun 7, 2014 9:03 PM

    How funny will it be when he becomes an all time bust? That will be funny.

  35. swagger52 says: Jun 7, 2014 9:05 PM

    I can hardy wait for the NHL Draft…..

    Johnny Puck
    or
    Johnny Lightning

  36. ubepunkedagain says: Jun 7, 2014 9:26 PM

    Bucsorbust has posted 5 comments pertaining to this one Manziel article.

  37. jayfish6402 says: Jun 7, 2014 10:07 PM

    How come i’m the only one calling him Johnny McDonalds? That is a legit name, cuz thats where he’ll be in 4 or 5 years. Manziel is one of those quarterbacks that is college only. Like a Tebow with slightly better accuracy. His style is not NFL. Either that, or he becomes a Fran Tarkenton. But the first one is much, much more likely

  38. jimbo75025 says: Jun 7, 2014 10:20 PM

    seahawksteven777 says: Jun 7, 2014 6:13 PM

    And how many rounds of Baseball are there in their draft?
    ——-
    Unless something has changed, the draft keeps going until teams have drafted everyone they want to draft-but if they draft them they HAVE to offer them contract. By the end, there may only be two teams picking in a “round” though.

    Sometimes a team gets lucky though-I think Piazza was drafted by the Didgers in like the 50th round and only because he was related to a long time employee

  39. chaney13 says: Jun 7, 2014 10:24 PM

    Maybe the Jazz could draft him into the NBA.

    Then he could hang out with Keanu Reeves, go surfing, and arrest bank robbers wearing Presidential maskx/

    Go, Johnny Utah!!!!

  40. natijim235 says: Jun 8, 2014 12:14 AM

    rather play for SD then Cleveland

  41. JackedUpSports says: Jun 8, 2014 2:13 AM

    i mean it cant hurt…

  42. josephdj9 says: Jun 8, 2014 3:56 AM

    Typical padres; a bunch of clowns running the circus.

  43. vaughnjoe says: Jun 8, 2014 4:04 AM

    Johnny surfboard!

  44. pftfan says: Jun 8, 2014 4:19 AM

    The MLB Draft sucks. Some of these guys taken in the first round won’t see their first major league action until 2019 the earliest.

  45. robgilman says: Jun 8, 2014 4:43 AM

    Don’t be surprised to see this kid throwing touchdowns in the morning and hitting homers in the evening a few years down the line.

    Johnny is a once in a lifetime kind of athlete and competitor. Excited to see him define the next generation of sports

  46. 504saints says: Jun 8, 2014 5:00 AM

    I heard they’re going to pitch him the ball under handed…

  47. phillyphannnn83 says: Jun 8, 2014 8:14 AM

    Not a fan of his showboating or arrogance but, Johnny Padre sounds better than Johnny San Diego. So does Johnny Baseball. Way to go.

  48. phillyphannnn83 says: Jun 8, 2014 8:14 AM

    Not a fan of his showboating or arrogance but, Johnny Padre sounds better than Johnny San Diego. So does Johnny Baseball. Way to go.

  49. boomboombrown says: Jun 8, 2014 10:31 AM

    In the NHL he could be Johnny Wild.

  50. TheDPR says: Jun 8, 2014 1:08 PM

    I am so sick of this clown already.

  51. simonator917 says: Jun 8, 2014 6:48 PM

    Johnny ManDiego?

  52. footballalldayeveryday says: Jun 10, 2014 12:30 AM

    Stay classy, San Diego.

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