Patrick Mahomes is returning to Major League Baseball, but not as a player.
The former Detroit Tigers draft pick — and reigning Super Bowl MVP — has joined the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals. Financial details of the transaction were not announced by the team but the quarterback recently signed a historic 10-year, $503-million contract that will keep him with the Kansas City Chiefs through 2031.
“I’m honoured to become a part-owner of the Kansas City Royals,” Mahomes said in a statement. “I love this city and the people of this great town. This opportunity allows me to deepen my roots in this community, which is something I’m excited to do.”
Mahomes grew up around baseball, following his father Pat over an 11-year MLB career with the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite playing quarterback at Texas Tech, the Tigers selected Mahomes in the 37th round of the 2014 MLB Draft but he never signed with the team.
At age 24, Mahomes becomes the youngest owner in North American pro sports, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
“We are very proud and excited to have Patrick as our partner in the ownership group of this franchise,” John Sherman, Chairman and CEO, and principal owner of the Royals said in a statement. “He loves football, but he also grew up loving the game of baseball. We look forward to many years of a winning partnership.”