September 27, 2012

Adam Greenberg Will Get His At-Bat: The campaign to get Adam Greenberg another chance at bat has succeeded. On Oct. 2, the Miami Marlins will sign him to a one-day contract and he'll face the New York Mets in Miami. Seven years ago, Greenberg was beaned by the first pitch he saw as a Chicago Cubs player, suffered post-concussion syndrome and never reached the Majors again. The team pitching to him that day was the Marlins.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:21 AM - 9 comments

I was against this idea (as I didn't like a legitimate player losing a spot on the 40-man roster), but since it's going to happen anyways, there are only two results that would make me happy:

1) He hits a home run.
2) He gets plunked in the ass.

posted by grum@work at 11:47 AM on September 27, 2012

2) He gets plunked in the ass.

Why would that make you happy?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 12:22 PM on September 27, 2012

Why would that make you happy?

Because it would be a very funny result. All these years of trying to get back, and he gets plunked AGAIN?

Besides, it would make him unique. There are 7 players in baseball history who have been hit by a pitch in their only career plate appearance.

No one has ever been plunked in their TWO plate appearances.

Rk G PA HBP From To Age Pos Tm
1 Ham Wade 1 1 1 1907 1907 27-27 /*7 NYG
2 Fred Van Dusen 1 1 1 1955 1955 17-17 PHI
3 John Rheinecker 44 1 1 2006 2007 27-28 /*1 TEX
4 Cy Malis 1 1 1 1934 1934 27-27 /*1 PHI
5 Harvey Grubb 1 1 1 1912 1912 21-21 /*5 CLE
6 Adam Greenberg 1 1 1 2005 2005 24-24 CHC
7 Charlie Faust 2 1 1 1911 1911 30-30 /*1 NYG
Provided by View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/27/2012.

posted by grum@work at 12:29 PM on September 27, 2012

I hope he hits a home run into that kitschy monstrosity in center field, buys a Powerball lottery ticket on the way home and it wins.

posted by rcade at 12:53 PM on September 27, 2012

Someone on Twitter asked, "What if he walks"? I suppose a sacrifice would be the same problem, but even Ozzie wouldn't ask him to do that.

posted by yerfatma at 01:00 PM on September 27, 2012

grum, you are a master at finding statistics, records, and the like, but I must say that the table you present above is incomplete. Nowhere does it say which, if any, of those players was plunked in the ass. Please try to do better. ;>)

posted by Howard_T at 04:18 PM on September 27, 2012

1) He hits a home run. 2) He gets plunked in the ass.

Don Baylor's goal was to do both in the same at bat.

posted by beaverboard at 05:03 PM on September 27, 2012

That would be something if he happened to get beaned again (and no, I'm not saying I want that to happen). I'd rather they send him some 70 mph pitches right down the middle so he can get a hit, and hopefully move on with his life.

posted by dyams at 08:54 PM on September 27, 2012

Greenberg went down on three straight knuckleballs.

The only other player to get hit in his only at-bat and never take the field, Fred Van Dusen of the '55 Phillies, threw out the first pitch.

posted by Etrigan at 09:48 PM on October 03, 2012

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