The Padres drafted Johnny Manziel

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In the 28th round of the MLB first-year player draft, the Padres selected Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M University, 837th overall. You are more familiar with him from his exploits in football — the Cleveland Browns drafted him in the first round, 22nd overall, of the recent NFL draft.

It’s not unheard of for a team to draft a two-sport star where baseball is clearly on the back burner. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and reported to Single-A Tri-City. He posted a .713 OPS in 143 plate appearances. The next season, he finished with a .708 OPS in 236 PA for Single-A Asheville.

As with Wilson, you can expect Manziel to focus on football rather than baseball.

Mariano Rivera awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump on Monday. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor to “individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Babe Ruth was posthumously awarded the medal last year. Yogi Berra got it posthumously in 2015, and Willie Mays and Vin Scully were also awarded it the same year.

Trump and Rivera are close. Rivera, who is from Panama, has been criticized for his relationship with Trump. Defending that relationship, Rivera said on Fox & Friends in July, “Mr. President Trump to me, he was a friend of mine before he became president. So, because he’s president I will turn my back on him? No. I respect him. I respect what he does and I believe he’s doing the best for the United States of America.”

Rivera, 49, served on Trump’s Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission in 2017. In 2018, Rivera co-chaired Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. Rivera also co-hosted a fundraiser dinner for the America First Action PAC, which supports Trump and was also hosted by Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle.

This past January, Rivera became the first player ever inducted into the Hall of Fame unanimously. He is the all-time leader in saves with 652 as well as adjusted ERA (also known as ERA+) at 205. He retired with a 2.21 ERA and 1,173 strikeouts across 1,283 2/3 innings, spanning 19 seasons with the Yankees.