By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Phot by Getty Images
Former major league outfielder Adam Greenberg is back in baseball.
He returns to baseball more than seven years later after he was struck in the head with a pitch. He has signed a one-day chance contract with the Miami Marlins.
His contract is effective for only October 2nd against the New York Mets. He returns to the game with the team that nearly ended his career forever.
On July 9th, 2005, he made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs. He made one plate appearance, but never recorded an official at-bat.
He took a 92 mph fastball to the head by then-Marlins pitcher Valerio De Los Santos in that Marlins vs. Cubs game. The incident happened in the 9th inning of that game.
He would later say that his head exploded in the days after getting hit in the head. He also received a concussion on the play.
After getting hit in the head, his teammate Carlos Zambrano was used as a pinch runner for him in the game. Zambrano was with the Cubs in 2005, however, he said on Thursday that he doesn’t remember this game.
Greenberg is in select company, as he is one of two players every in baseball history that was hit in the head by a pitch in his first and only at-bat and never took the field. The other was Fred van Dusen with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1965.
“Life’s going to throw you curveballs – or fastballs in the back of your head,” said Greenberg. “I got hit by one of them. And it knocked me down and I could have stayed there. I had a choice …… and I chose to get up and get back in the box.”
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