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  • Former Cub Adam Greenberg seeks one official at bat w/help of campaign and petition

    There's a decent chance you're familiar with his story as it has been told by many outlets, including a "SportsCenter" segment earlier this season. Back in 2005, Greenberg was a 24-year-old member of the Chicago Cubs when he stepped into the batter's box for the first plate appearance of his major-league career. His big-league career ended almost as quickly as it began, though, as the first pitch from Florida Marlins reliever Valerio De Los Santos hit Greenberg in the head. The immediate result for the young outfielder was a concussion, but the lingering effects of vertigo and blurred vision put Greenberg on a difficult road to a lengthy recovery process that included stops with three additional organizations but never another call-up to a big-league club.

    To this date, Greenberg remains one of only four position players — and the first since Philadelphia's Fred Van Dusen in 1955 — to be hit by a pitch in his only career plate appearance. Of those four, he's the only one to have his career end on the first pitch.

    For more on this, go to http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-bi...3871--mlb.html
    Holding a pitcher accountable for how many runs his team scores is like holding the designated hitter accountable for how many runs his team allows.

    An individual statistic is meaningful only if it is based strictly on what the player does and not on what the other players on his team do.

    Contrary to what most baseball fans claim, a pitched ball which is hit into play is not a strike.

  • #2
    I was going to post this.

    It's a shame Bill Veeck isn't alive today. He'd take Greenberg in a heartbeat.

    Call me sentimental, but I'd like to see this happen....just because. Bring him up for a day, let him get an at bat or two, then have him "retire" at the end of the day. I can't see the Cubs or the Astros being hurt if they do something like that.

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    • #3
      It would be really ironic if he gets beaned again.
      My top 10 players:

      1. Babe Ruth
      2. Barry Bonds
      3. Ty Cobb
      4. Ted Williams
      5. Willie Mays
      6. Alex Rodriguez
      7. Hank Aaron
      8. Honus Wagner
      9. Lou Gehrig
      10. Mickey Mantle

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      • #4
        I forgot about that, it would be kinda cool if the Cubs let him play one game. I always thought that the ondeck hitter Ben Christanson hit really got screwed. I know Mickey Morandini did too.
        "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

        "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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        • #5
          isn't it quite expensive to call up a player for one day? I have heard that you at least have to pay the minimum salary if a player only plays one day. that would mean this day would cost a few 100K. but I'm not sure if this is true.
          I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dominik View Post
            isn't it quite expensive to call up a player for one day? I have heard that you at least have to pay the minimum salary if a player only plays one day. that would mean this day would cost a few 100K. but I'm not sure if this is true.
            Pretty sure they'd have to pay him (minimum salary/162). So if minimum salary is $400k, then they'd owe him like $2500...
            Mike Hopper
            Former Gateway Grizzlies Intern

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bulldog19 View Post
              Pretty sure they'd have to pay him (minimum salary/162). So if minimum salary is $400k, then they'd owe him like $2500...
              When Alfonso Soriano is getting paid some 5 to 10 million per year, do you think $2500 out of the Cubs pocket is going to be the difference between making or breaking it?
              Holding a pitcher accountable for how many runs his team scores is like holding the designated hitter accountable for how many runs his team allows.

              An individual statistic is meaningful only if it is based strictly on what the player does and not on what the other players on his team do.

              Contrary to what most baseball fans claim, a pitched ball which is hit into play is not a strike.

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              • #8
                The Marlins signed him. Looks like he'll get that at-bat.

                http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/0...rade+Rumors%29

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BiZmaRK View Post
                  When Alfonso Soriano is getting paid some 5 to 10 million per year, do you think $2500 out of the Cubs pocket is going to be the difference between making or breaking it?
                  Try $18 million.

                  And another $18 million in 2013

                  And another $18 million in 2014

                  Dear god, no wonder the Cubs are so bad.
                  My top 10 players:

                  1. Babe Ruth
                  2. Barry Bonds
                  3. Ty Cobb
                  4. Ted Williams
                  5. Willie Mays
                  6. Alex Rodriguez
                  7. Hank Aaron
                  8. Honus Wagner
                  9. Lou Gehrig
                  10. Mickey Mantle

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                  • #10
                    I don't know why other losing teams didn't jump on this earlier; it honestly seems like an absolutely tremendous moneymaking venture that will likely transcend the world of baseball into the world of national news for a day or two. I'm glad my team didn't do it because of how cheap, exploitative, and gimmicky it is, but hey, I'm a mark, and I shall be tuning in on October 2nd.
                    Last edited by wu-tang clan; 09-27-2012, 10:32 AM.
                    "Baseball is really fun"~ Joe Dimaggio
                    "I really like baseball"~ Babe Ruth
                    "Baseball is my favorite sport"~ Pete Rose

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                    • #11
                      He'll finally get his AB, and face RA Dickey

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                      • #12
                        Of all the people to face, that's an interesting choice.
                        http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploa...-showalter.gif

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                        • #13
                          I watched him get the offer live on a morning show this morning. It was pretty cool to see his reaction.
                          Chop! Chop! Chop!

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                          • #14
                            Great to see him get his chance.

                            Does anybody remember the name of the kid from the Red Sox who was diagnosed with a malformation that required brain surgery a few years ago? Last I heard, he was trying to make a comeback. I recall he had alot of promise at the time.
                            "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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                            • #15
                              Great move for the Marlins. Have you seen this guys OBP?

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