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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Marlins are going to give Adam Greenberg an at bat next week

David Samson takes a stand (return date is questionable).

You probably heard of the push to get Adam Greenberg an at bat. He’s the guy who, in his major league debut for the Chicago Cubs in 2005, was hit in the head with a pitch and suffered a severe, major league career-ending concussion. Though his career is over, there has been a push on to get him one official at bat. Now someone is obliging:

    @Buster_ESPN

  Pretty cool news: The Marlins are going to give Adam Greenberg an at-bat next week. Nice gesture by Jeffrey Loria and David Samson…

I’m still a little mystified about all of this. The guy did have a plate appearance even if he didn’t get an at bat. It ended poorly, yes, but he still played in the minors and stuff. Lots of guys never even get the one plate appearance.  But yes, I acknowledge that’s me just being grumpy. It’s a good story.

Repoz Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:11 AM | 40 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tricky Dick Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4246984)
I assume the Marlins have to put him on their 40 man roster to do this. Will they have to knock someone off their 40 man in order to make this gesture, or do they have a space open?
   2. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:23 AM (#4246986)
Good for Adam. I hope he's healthy and not putting himself at risk doing this (I suspect he's fine). As a baseball fan I liked the story of the HBP being his only PA but I'm sure this means a lot to him so I'm happy for him.

I'll admit I'm kind of hoping he gets hit in the butt or somewhere it doesn't hurt. Without looking it up I'm guessing that 2 career PA, 2 HBP would be a record.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:28 AM (#4246989)
I count 40, but one of them is Gil Velasquez.
   4. flournoy Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:30 AM (#4246994)
Seven players, including Greenberg, have one career PA and an HBP. Three of them were pitchers. Nobody has two career PA and two HBPs.
   5. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:41 AM (#4247006)
Is he going to go up there and just take three wild hacks to make sure he doesn't walk?
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:42 AM (#4247008)

guy in my fantasy baseball league who is in 8th place and has no shot at the money just spent 3 dollars to waive injured Lance Berkman and activate Greenberg.

crazy, and fun, all at once.

   7. BDC Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:49 AM (#4247011)
Yay! Now I wonder if they can sneak Minoso into the following at-bat.
   8. The_Ex Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:55 AM (#4247013)
Great, but why did it have to be the Marlins? The worst owners do something nice, this has to be a smokescreen for some other dastardly deed.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:56 AM (#4247016)
What if he gets beaned again?
   10. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 27, 2012 at 09:57 AM (#4247017)
The worst owners do something nice, this has to be a smokescreen for some other dastardly deed.
Just wait until it is revealed they have arranged for him to have a turn at-bat, but also paid the opposing pitcher to plunk him again!
   11. akrasian Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM (#4247023)
With their trades they are probably just under the unofficial league minimum payroll - this will put them barely in compliance.
   12. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM (#4247025)
They'll make him bunt, and then Ozzie Guillen will call him a ####### ############## who likes to ######## everybody's #####.
   13. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM (#4247027)
Jack Keefe should be excited about his team adding Hank Greenberg, even if it is just a publicity stunt.

Just wait until it is revealed they have arranged for him to have a turn at-bat, but also paid the opposing pitcher to plunk him again!

Now that would be brilliant.

   14. Gamingboy Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM (#4247031)
Great, but why did it have to be the Marlins?




It's making up for the fact a Marlin hit him the first time, I guess.
   15. JJ1986 Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM (#4247034)
Jack Keefe should be excited about his team adding Hank Greenberg, even if it is just a publicity stunt.


Jack got traded to the Yankees.
   16. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM (#4247079)
I suspect someone on the team is already working on the secret party plans for the players to celebrate Ozzie getting fired, which shouldn't take very long once the season ends.
   17. Der-K should've known better than to fly on AA. Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM (#4247081)
Dusty's advice worked?
   18. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: September 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM (#4247156)
I'd much prefer it if Anthony Molina was given a major-league at-bat, followed by a ceremony where Ben Christensen hands Molina a check for $1,062,500 (Christensen's signing bonus), then agrees to live the rest of his life in a refrigerator box.

But that's just me.
   19. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4247158)
Larry Yount will be the pitcher.
   20. Jack Keefe Posted: September 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM (#4247173)
Yes I got treated to the Yankees Al and you know what they have a lot of rules here on this club. 1 is no facile hair but that is fine with me Al I have all ways shaved every day like a Babbys Bottom. But another is No Inner Net on Club Time and here in the thick of a Pennent Race it is all ways Club time Al. I miss Ozzie Guillen who would whip out his Eye Phone and invite me to poast on Primer even if we were 3 runs down in the Ninth. JoJo Rorty does not let any Yankee get on the Inner Net though I think that Nick Swishy tweets under an Assumable Name. Even this 1 poast could cost me a hunnert bucks Al though we are in Canadiana now so I could pay it in Toonies and no 1 would be the Wiser.
   21. John Northey Posted: September 27, 2012 at 12:35 PM (#4247187)
Howsabout they have Barry Bonds come up for a plate appearance after him, then Sosa, and have Clemens toss an inning to Piazza. Push the steroid story off another 5 years and let us enjoy a much quieter HOF vote.
   22. JoeHova Posted: September 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM (#4247218)
Just wait until it is revealed they have arranged for him to have a turn at-bat, but also paid the opposing pitcher to plunk him again!

Close. They're making Greenberg donate the 1 day salary to the "Marlins Foundation." I doubt he cares and a charitable donation of the salary makes sense but it's gross they're making him donate it to them. Oh well.
   23. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 27, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4247222)
Miami will host the New York Mets, who are scheduled to start knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.


It would be really cool if he did get hit by a knuckleball.
   24. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 27, 2012 at 01:19 PM (#4247234)
Yay! Now I wonder if they can sneak Minoso into the following at-bat.


The White Sox considered bringing Minoso back in 1993, so that he could play in his tenth decade, or whatever it was. Several of the team members, who were trying to win the division at the time, pointed out that the team had outgrown such grandstanding gimmicks and that they'd really rather prefer to focus on winning the division. So the idea was quietly dropped.
   25. Steve Sparks Flying Everywhere Posted: September 27, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4247311)
The only logical conclusion to this story is that Greenberg hits a home run next week. And then a movie is made.
   26. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: September 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4247327)
[22] disgusted me so I read the link. It doesn't seem to say that anybody's making anybody do anything.

Greenberg has committed to donate his one-day salary to the Marlins Foundation, which will then make a donation to the Sports Legacy Institute, an organization that advances the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.


I actually think that's pretty cool.
   27. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 27, 2012 at 02:34 PM (#4247333)
I'd much prefer it if Anthony Molina was given a major-league at-bat, followed by a ceremony where Ben Christensen hands Molina a check for $1,062,500 (Christensen's signing bonus), then agrees to live the rest of his life in a refrigerator box.

But that's just me.


Not just you, no.
   28. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 27, 2012 at 03:24 PM (#4247397)
I assume the Marlins have to put him on their 40 man roster to do this. Will they have to knock someone off their 40 man in order to make this gesture, or do they have a space open?


They don't have a space open. Consequently, they're waiving Giancarlo Stanton to make room...
   29. UCCF Posted: September 27, 2012 at 03:51 PM (#4247421)
The only logical conclusion to this story is that Greenberg hits a home run next week.

It has to hit that home run contraption they have there, and cause the lights to blow out like in The Natural.
   30. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4247422)
   31. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 27, 2012 at 03:54 PM (#4247427)
Confirmed at ESPN. Apparently it will be against R. A. Dickey, assuming he pitches again this year.
Dickey seems like the kind of guy who might groove him a fastball to try and hit.
   32. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 27, 2012 at 04:00 PM (#4247438)
Well, since Dickey just won his 20th the Mets might sit him down for the year.

-- MWE
   33. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: September 27, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4247483)
Nah, the Mets will want him out there. He's tied with Gonzales with 20 wins, and I'm sure both he and the Mets would love for him to notch #21 and strengthen his argument for NL Cy Young.

(Not that he should need it, but you know.)
   34. Smiling Joe Hesketh Posted: September 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4247529)
#27, Anthony Molina's got more serious problems these days.
   35. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM (#4247563)
Dickey is currently first in wins, first in K's, and second in ERA by 0.01. It would be unfair to expect any Denny McLain meatballs.
   36. Nats-Homer-in-DC Posted: September 28, 2012 at 06:01 AM (#4247859)
8. Marlins owners have Jewish pride
   37. Edgar James Olmos (chris h.) Posted: September 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM (#4248053)
#27, Anthony Molina's got more serious problems these days.

No kidding. I mean...living in the Quad Cities area? Good grief!
   38. JJ1986 Posted: October 02, 2012 at 08:33 PM (#4251748)
K'd swinging.
   39. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: October 02, 2012 at 08:39 PM (#4251753)
He's brought shame upon the 2012 Marlins.
   40. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 02, 2012 at 08:57 PM (#4251769)
At this rate, he'll tie Adam Dunn in 138 ooboomajillion years.

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