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Johnny Manziel Joins List Of NFL Quarterbacks Drafted By MLB Teams

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SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 16: Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel throws out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on May 16, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) | Denis Poroy via Getty Images

NEW YORK (AP) — Hut ... hut ... home run!

The San Diego Padres threw a Hail Mary on the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday by taking Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel — listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, even though he never played for the Aggies — in the 28th round.

"It was kind of, 'Why not?'" Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said before the Padres hosted the Washington Nationals.

"Best athlete on the board," Mike Dee, the Padres' president and CEO, wrote on Twitter.

Manziel likely won't ever play an inning of professional baseball, but he's not the first NFL quarterback who heard their name called during the MLB draft.

Sure, Manziel was a terrific baseball player at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, but he hasn't played the sport since so he could focus on football. It looks as though he might have called a successful audible after being the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft last month.

"We'll see what happens with his football career," Padres closer Huston Street said. "He's potentially got a baseball one."

Here are a few quarterbacks who turned down the baseball diamond for the football gridiron:

QBs Drafted By MLB Teams
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