For years Adam Greenberg had been known for his tough luck. His luck, however, appears to have changed for the better. Greenberg signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles Thursday.
Greenberg made his major league debut with the Cubs at age 24 in 2005. Greenberg was struck in the head by a pitch in his first big league plate appearance. The event derailed his career. He spent parts of four seasons (2008-2011) in the Atlantic League, playing for the Bridgeport Bluefish.
Playing outside affiliated baseball for more than three seasons, he didn’t appear in another major league game until last season — when the Miami Marlins signed him to a one-day contract. He pinch-hit against the Mets on a game Oct. 2, when eventual Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey struck him out.
Revs fans may recall Greenberg recorded the last out in the 2010 Atlantic League. Michael Nix struck out Greenberg in the 10th inning to allow the York Revolution to defeat the Bluefish and win the franchise’s first league title.
Here’s the press release from the Bluefish: Adam Greenberg, a member of the Bridgeport Bluefish from 2008-11, today signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.
“This is another great opportunity for Adam,” said Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “We are thrilled to see him keep his dream alive and wish him the best of luck with the Orioles.”
Greenberg last played in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, after the Marlins signed him to a one-day contract to finally accomplish his goal of getting a Major League at-bat. He squared off against the New York Mets on Tuesday, October 2nd in Miami. In the bottom of the sixth inning, he entered the game as a pinch hitter and struck out against Mets knuckleballer, and Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.
“This is a dream come true,” said Greenberg following the at-bat. “It’s been remarkable to go through so much in the past and then coming back from shoulder surgery in 2009. It shows you anything is possible and to never give up on your dreams. The Bluefish and the Atlantic League have been a tremendous help since they extend the opportunity to keep your career alive. Everyone in the locker room is humble to receive another chance.”
The dream finally came true and will now continue for the Connecticut native who was drafted in the ninth round of the 2002 draft by the Chicago Cubs and began his professional career in 2002 as a member of Lansing (A, Cubs) of the Midwest League. He worked his way through the Cubs organization until he received his chance to play in the Major Leagues in 2005. He received his first big league plate appearance on July 9, 2005 as a pinch hitter against the Florida Marlins in Miami and was subsequently hit in the head by an errant pitch by Marlins hurler Valerio De Los Santo, which forced Greenberg from the game.
He was one of the only players in Major League history to have at least one plate appearance but never an official at-bat, until his career came full-circle when he put on that Miami Marlins uniform.
Greenberg last played for the ‘Fish in 2011, slugging a career-best 10 home runs and batted .259 with 82 runs scored, 27 stolen bases and a team-high 73 walks. He also recorded 12 triples on the year, which moved him past Angel Espada as the all-time Bluefish triples leader with 28 career three-baggers. During that season, Adam also had the chance to face pitcher Valerio De Los Santos for the first time since their Major League showdown. In their only matchup, Greenberg singled off of De Los Santos, who pitched for the Long Island Ducks at the time.