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Former Chicago Cub Adam Greenberg seeks #OneAtBat

Internet campaign aimed to get Greenberg the MLB chance he deserves

By: Sammy Hudes
Published: August 31st, 2012 in Culture » Society » News
Adam Greenberg after being hit by a pitch in 2005

Most would say that Adam Greenbeg’s major league baseball career ended too quickly.

Another small, yet growing group would say it’s not over yet.

The 31-year-old hasn’t set foot in an MLB batter’s box since July 9, 2005 when he was hit in the head by a pitch during a ninth inning pinch hit. It was the first pitch Greenberg ever faced.

The then-24-year-old outfielder for the Chicago Cubs became the only MLB player to see his career ended after just one pitch.

But that’s not how Greenberg wants to be remembered.

With the help of die-hard Cubs fan Matt Liston, Greenberg may soon get one more chance in the majors thanks to a viral internet campaign titled “One At Bat.”

According to major league rules, Greenberg’s only showing in the MLB counted as a plate appearance, rather than an official at-bat.

That is why Liston is lobbying to get Greenberg the official at-bat that he feels he deserves.

After being hit by the pitch in 2005 by Florida Marlins pitcher Valerio De Los Santos, Greenberg suffered from concussion problems for years. He also dealt with the lingering effects of vertigo and blurred vision.

He has battled his way back and has suited up for minor league affiliates of four additional MLB teams. He hasn’t yet been able to crack a major league lineup again.

“We are asking Chicago Cubs owner, Tom Ricketts, to give Adam Greenberg an at bat during the final series of the Cubs 2012 season,” reads an online petition created by Liston, who says he has already met with Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer about giving Greenberg a look, a prospect in which Hoyer expressed interest.

“From October 1-3, the Cubs will be hosting the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field. This series will have no implications on the pennant race and provides the Cubs organization with a perfect opportunity to help a player whose Major League career ended in their uniform,” Liston writes.

“And Adam is certainly capable of doing this; seven years after the accident, Adam is in excellent physical shape and is even trying to make a comeback in the minor leagues.”

Several MLB players have also agreed it would be a fitting gesture to give Greenberg an at-bat, according to Liston.

There is also reportedly a mutual interest between Greenberg and Team Israel for the Jewish ball player to represent the country at the upcoming 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC).

If Greenberg isn’t busy preparing for his MLB comeback next month, he could even potentially suit up for Israel during the WBC qualifying tournament from Sept. 19-23.

Seven years after being knocked out of the major leagues, one thing is still clear.

Greenberg’s baseball career isn’t done yet.


For more information about the campaign, visit oneatbat.com or sign the petition here. You can also watch Liston's documentary about the campaign below:


Related articles: Adam Greenberg, Matt Liston, one at-bat, MLB, Chicago Cubs, major leagues, minor leagues, Jewish Athletes, Team Israel, WBC, World Baseball Classic, Israel, Florida Marlins, baseball
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