Adam Greenberg will finally get his major league at-bat.
The Marlins announced Thursday that they have signed the former prospect to a one-day contract so he can bat in Tuesday’s game against the Mets at Marlins Park.
Greenberg, 31, made his major league debut on July 9, 2005 with the Cubs vs. the Marlins but was hit in the back of his head by a pitch from Valerio De Los Santos in his only plate appearance. He never made it back to the majors, though he recently played for Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualifying rounds, walking in his only plate appearance.
“I’m extremely proud to extend this opportunity to Adam,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a statement. “He has earned this chance as his love and passion for the game never diminished, despite his career tragically being cut short. I look forward to seeing Adam step up to the plate and realizing his comeback dream next Tuesday night.”
Greenberg is one of only two players ever to be hit by a pitch in his first-and-only major league plate appearance and never take the field, along with Fred Van Dusen (Philadelphia, 1955).
After spending the remainder of the 2005 season on the Disabled List, Greenberg, who suffered from vertigo following the incident, played in the minors and independent baseball from 2006-2009.
Greenberg has agreed 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.
A native of New Haven, Connecticut, he was originally drafted by the Cubs in 2001 out of the University of North Carolina.