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Greenberg to get second chance with Marlins

Miami MarlinsAdam Greenberg, whose baseball career was derailed when he was beaned in his only MLB plate appearance, will get a second chance as the Miami Marlins sign him to a one-day contract, with the intent of playing him Tuesday.

Greenberg’s MLB career consisted of a single pitch: he was struck in the head in June 2005 making his debut for the Chicago Cubs in Miami, suffering a debilitating injury that kept him in the minors and independent leagues the rest of his career. Technically, he never recorded a plate appearance (though he does have a sparkling 1.000 OBP), putting him in the company of Eddie Gaedel, Moonlight Graham and Fred Van Dusen as players recording at least a pitch in a game or an inning in the field but never doing more. 

So the Marlins are stepping in: the plan is to bat Greenberg leadoff Tuesday night (against the Mets’ R.A. Dickey, no less) and give him a chance to complete that single at-bat.

“I’m extremely proud to extend this opportunity to Adam,” said Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. “He has earned this chance as his love and passion for the game never diminished, despite his career tragically being cut short. I look forward to seeing Adam step up to the plate and realizing his comeback dream next Tuesday night.”


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