Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers reticent about Johnny Manziel getting drafted

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

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I know this is hard to believe, but Johnny Manziel seems to be a polarizing figure. The Heisman Trophy winner and latest in a long line of hopeful Cleveland Browns quarterbacks was back in the news over the weekend when the San Diego Padres drafted the Texas A&M star in the 28th round of the Draft.

A predictable nickname was instantly attached: “Johnny Baseball.”

(For those non-football fans and/or people living under rocks, Mr. Manziel is a football player. He hasn’t played baseball since high school).

“Big thank you to the Padres and [team president] Mike Dee for selecting me in the MLB Draft,” Manziel said. “What a great day!”

Yes, yes. What a great day. You can just imagine how pleased and excited the realm of actual aspiring, hard-working baseball players were when they learned Manziel was the 837th overall pick.

Disgrace to baseball. Undeserving.

“I am sick to my stomach,” said Giants No. 8 prospect Clayton Blackburn. You can all now take a moment to imagine him vomiting in the Richmond dugout.

Calm down, everyone — Johnny Manziel has a right to be drafted in baseball. The guy can clearly throw — just look how natural he was while tossing out a ceremonial first pitch in San Diego last summer: Johnny Manziel

OK, OK. Moving on. In other news, Minor Leaguers really hate Johnny Manziel.

Missouri v Texas A&M


Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

But in a Jon Stewart-esque move right now, I will show you how, not so long ago, Minor Leaguers were actually all about Team Manziel. Fair to say, though, that Minor Leaguers’ biggest issue isn’t with Manziel but rather the Padres’ decision to use a pick on him:

I know what would give Minor Leaguers chills: what if he was drafted by the… nevermind.

Nick Gordon, also drafted this past week, is actually a real baseball player (brother of Dee, son of Tom, No. 5 overall pick). That apparently earned him immediate street cred on Twitter:

A look into the Louisville Bats’ clubhouse:

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Here’s a guy getting a pedicure:

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