Marlins to give Greenberg “one at-bat”

ATLANTA — A dream to get “one at-bat” is about to come true for Adam Greenberg.

On NBC’s Today Show on Thursday, Marlins president David Samson announced to Greenberg that Miami planned to sign him to a one-day big league contract to play on Tuesday.

Samson guaranteed Greenberg would get his “one at-bat” at Marlins Park against the Mets.

“From the bottom of my heart, I’ll be ready for it,” Greenberg said from the studio.

The Today Show retold Greenberg’s story of how he was struck in the head with a pitch in his lone big league plate appearance. And the challenges the 31-year-old has faced with vertigo and vision issues, which still plague him.

Greenberg’s first big league experience came while he was with the Cubs on July 9, 2005, Greenberg came to bat as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium.

The only pitch Greenberg saw was a 92 mph fastball from Valerio de los Santos. It plunked the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder in the back of the head.

Carlos Zambrano, now with the Marlins, pinch-ran for Greenberg.

Greenberg’s story has received national attention for years.

Matt Liston, a documentary film maker, has been pushing for Greenberg to get another opportunity. And a push was started for “One at Bat.”

In MLB history, no player has ever had his big league career end on the first pitch, except Greenberg.

In the record books, Greenberg’s hit by pitch is considered a “plate appearance.” He hopes to have an official at-bat.

The one-day contract the Marlins will sign Greenberg to will be the second to last game of the Marlins’ season.

If Greenberg is used early in the game, chances are he not be facing a 92 mph fastball. The Mets are scheduled to pitch R.A. Dickey, a strong Cy Young candidate who throws a 80 mph knuckleball.

Joe Frisaro

 

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