Adam Greenberg may get another big league at-bat after all. The Baltimore Orioles have signed Greenberg to a minor league contract.
In 2005 Greenberg was hit in the head by Florida Marlins pitcher Valerio De Los Santos in his first big league at-bat. Greenberg never returned to the Cubs and eventually flamed out in the minors.
Last year an online petition was started in order to give Greenberg another chance to bat. He was signed by the Florida Marlins to a contract and got his chance to swing against R.A. Dickey. Dickey struck out Greenberg on three pitches.
Greenberg, 32, visited with teams during the winter meetings and spoke with Orioles manager Buck Showalter for a chance.
“I don’t want a handout, I don’t want a gift. All I want is the opportunity, and I’ve always proven, if you give me that shot, I will make the most of it.”
Greenberg will not be invited to spring training but that does not mean that he will not have a chance to make it to the majors with the Orioles. Late last season Lew Ford returned to the big leagues with the Orioles after missing five seasons.