The Baltimore Orioles have signed Adam Greenberg to a minor league contract with the Norfolk Tides.
Greenberg was a star at North Carolina. He bounced into the minor leagues, where he struggled for a spot on an MLB roster. Finally, in 2005, as a Chicago Cub, Greenberg made his MLB debut. In his first official plate appearance, he was called to pinch hit against Valerio De Los Santos of the Miami Marlins.
During this plate appearance, the unthinkable happened. In what was clearly an intentional fastball to the face, Greenberg left the game with a concussion and his major league career looked to be over after only his first time in a MLB batter’s box.
In my opinion, the pitcher that threw that pitch should never be allowed to throw another pitch in the bigs as long as he lives. That was a bush-league pitch to an inexperienced batter trying to earn a spot in the league.
Anyway, after Greenberg’s concussion, he was sent back to the minor leagues. While Greenberg was rotting in AAA, a man by the name of Matt Liston started an online petition to get Greenberg one official at bat in the majors.
Here is the video Liston released:
In 2012, the Marlins gave Greenberg the shot he was looking for. He agreed to a one-day contract with the club. He was given an at-bat against New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, and struck out.
That was his only official at bat as a major-leaguer. Now, Greenberg has ended up in the Orioles organization, where he had one plate appearance in Spring Training and was unable to get a hit.
It is highly unlikely that Greenberg will ever be an everyday starter in the MLB, but what a story it would be if he could become one. His first plate appearance was cut short because of a heartless, gutless pitcher and was completely out of his control, and his second was a strikeout.
He has less than a week to wait before finding out if he will make the Orioles’ 25-man roster.