Adam Greenberg will get his long-awaited second chance at recording an official MLB at-bat as a member of the Miami Marlins. Team president David Samson announced on the Today Show Thursday morning that Greenberg, the only player ever have his MLB career end on one pitch, will sign a one-day contract with the club and get an at-bat during their Oct. 2 game against the Mets, per NBC.
Greenberg, now 31, made his major league debut as a member of the Chicago Cubs on July 9, 2005. Called on as a pinch-hitter to face Valerio De Los Santos in the ninth inning, Greenberg was hit in the head by a 92-mile-per-hour fastball on the very first pitch from the Marlins' left-hander. Greenberg was forced to leave the game and suffered through vision and vertigo issues for a long period thereafter, never making it back to the majors despite his best efforts.
Though Greenberg had stopped played baseball full-time as of this year, a recent campaign called "One At-Bat" -- launched by documentary filmmaker Matt Liston -- put the 31-year-old back into the national conscience. The campaign set out to get Greenberg an official MLB at-bat, as his hit-by-pitch only counts as a plate appearance. Liston's online petition has garnered more than 22,000 signatures to date.
Greenberg's shot at a return looked to be over when the Cubs declined to sign him last month, but the Marlins have given him the chance he has long sought. Greenberg will donate his one-day MLB salary to the Sports Legacy Institute, which focuses on brain trauma.
His one at-bat next Tuesday will likely come against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.