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Remember Adam Greenberg? You Should [UPDATE – Adam Will Get Another At Bat]

There is a growing buzz about Adam Greenberg, who?  I’m sure that’s what you are thinking as Adam Greenberg is not a house hold major league name, but it’s someone who many Cubs fans remember.  We mostly remember him for his tough to swallow story, now that story is being brought back into the light thanks to oneatbat.com, here’s a recap of Adam’s story via One at Bat…

On July 9, 2005, Adam Greenberg was about to have his lifelong dream of playing Major League baseball come true. The Chicago Cubs called him up from the minors and in the 9th inning, in a game against the Florida Marlins, he got the call to pinch hit. On the very first pitch from Valerido de los Santos, Greenberg was struck in the back of the head by a 92-mile-per-hour fastball. He suffered a concussion and was immediately removed from the game.

Adam was sent down to the minors for a rehab assignment, but struggled with severe vertigo and other symptoms of post concussion syndrome. Adam’s career and life were put on hold for a year and a half. Since then, Adam has played for several minor and independent league clubs trying to get a second chance in the Major Leagues.

Of the almost 17,500 people to play in Major League baseball, Adam Greenberg is the only player to have his career end on the very first pitch. In fact, according to Major League rules, Adam’s debut only counts as a plate appearance, not an official at bat.

 What is One at Bat?

Liston-Greenberg – OTL from Triple Threat TV on Vimeo.

Players Offer At Bat from Triple Threat TV on Vimeo.

I remember that game like it was yesterday, Matt Murton was also called up to make his Major League debut that same day.  The folks over at One at Bat have a simple goal, to get Adam Greenberg the official at bat he deserves.  There is a petition on the website that you can sign to help the cause and spread the word.  I admire the effort, and it’s a story that should be told.  As you will see in the video the dream scenario would be to have Adam get that at bat with the team he made his debut with, the Cubs.

Paul Sullivan did some digging yesterday, and was able to get an updated comment from Hoyer, which puts to bed the thought of Greenberg coming back to the Cubs for one at bat.

Hoyer:

“Adam made the big leagues based on merit in 2005,” Hoyer said in an email. “While it is unfortunate he got hit in his first at-bat, he is in the Baseball Encyclopedia as a major leaguer and he should be incredibly proud of that. We wish him the best, but there are no plans to add him to the roster now or in the future.”

Greenberg Responds:

“Would they just throw me out there? No,” he said. “Would they bring back Roger Clemens for just one game to delay his Hall of Fame vote? Yes. There’s no difference, though, as a publicity stunt.”

I really hope Adam get back to the big leagues, he was and will always be recognized as a major league ballplayer, his career was just the shortest ever.  Best of luck Adam!  Please head over to oneatbat.com to sign the petition and show your support!

[UPDATE]  Per this ESPN.com article, Adam Greenberg will indeed get another at bat with the Marlins.  Good for him, it’s amazing what someone’s passion can turn into, congrats to Adam and Oneatbat.com for making it happen.

 

Thanks for reading,
– George

MLBlogs Latest Leaders: #8 – Single Digits!

Wanted to send out a quick post as a thank you to everyone for visiting and commenting on the blog, we were lucky enough to be the 8th most visited blog in August, and we couldn’t have done it with out you, so THANKS!  When seeing the number 8 on the back of a Cubs jersey you can only think of one person, Mike Quade.  No, that’s not right, I’m talking about the Hawk, Andre Dawson! 

Please continue to stop by and interact with us as we chronicle the ever-changing landscape of Cubs baseball, top to bottom.  I know it’s hard to get excited about this team right now as we wind down a season that might result in 100 losses, but there is plenty to read about.  We will be unveiling our player cards very soon, hoping to have one for each player in the system, or most of them at least.  These cards will feature all the information that you need to know, including stats, where they were drafted, and more, stay tuned!

Please check out the full list of the latest leaders here, lots of great blogs out there, go check them out.

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Thanks again for reading, and interacting with us, it’s been a great ride so far and we are just getting started!

– George

Cubs DFA Hinshaw, Promote Blake Parker

So that’s what gets you released, giving up five runs in spectacular fashion.  The Cubs have designated Alex Hinshaw for assignment, and promoted Blake Parker who has just completed his rehab assignment in Iowa.  Parker was a bright spot early in the season and should help a depleted Cubs pen.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Castro’s Extension Official!

Here is our post from August 18, 2012-

The Cubs have signed Starlin Castro to a 7 year $60MM extension.  Great news, more when we get back from the 2012 UA High School All American game.

Well, now we finally have more.  The Cubs announced today that they have officially come to terms on an extension with Starlin Castro.  The deal is for 7 years, and $60 million, here is a full breakdown of the deal from the Tribune.

Castro, who will give up three years of free agency, receives a $6 million signing bonus and has a club option after the final year for $16 million or a $1 million buyout.

He will receive salaries of $5 million, $5 million, $6 million, $7 million, $10 million and $11 million.

This is a big piece of the future right here, and it comes cheap.  Castro has made physical errors, and mental errors this season, but people around the club have seen improvement and see what he can become.  This is a no lose situation if I’ve ever seen one.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Matt Garza Officially Done For The Season

Probably not shocking news for anyone that has followed the Cubs, but Matt Garza will be shut down for the remainder of the season.  He was transferred to the 60 day DL today to make room on the 40 man roster for Chris Rusin.  Really no point for Garza to push it to get back in September as it won’t prove anything.  I’m sure both Garza and the Cubs wanted to show other teams that he was healthy enough to pitch but he just isn’t right now.  Hopefully rest is all he needs and this isn’t something long-term that requires a more serious course of action.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Castro and Cubs Reach Deal!

The Cubs have signed Starlin Castro to a 7 year $60MM extension.  Great news, more when we get back from the 2012 UA High School All American game.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Oneri Fleita Fired [UPDATE] Wasserstrom Gone As Well

In somewhat of a shocking move today, well depends on who you ask I guess, Oneri Fleita the Cubs VP of Player Personnel (former) has been given his walking papers.  Just last September Fleita was given a contract extension by Tom Ricketts, keep in mind this was before Theo Epstein was brought in to take over.  Fleita was outstanding when it came to dealing with the Latin American talent, and losing that could hurt, but I’m guessing the decision here might have been mutual.  Fleita is going to be a hot commodity on the open market as he had over 15 years experience with the Cubs and a tremendous track record.  The reason I say that it could be mutual is I wouldn’t be surprised if Fleita is on to bigger and better things, and he wouldn’t be able to do that unless he was fired because of said contract extension last year.

Up until this year Fleita was the head man overseeing everything having to do with the Cubs farm system.  Enter Theo and Jed, they brought in Jason McLeod to assume that role before this season with Fleita acting as second in command.  With the recent promotion of Tim Wilken to special assistant, and bringing in Jaron Madison to be the new scouting director, Theo is starting to make his mark on the Cubs organization as a whole and how he wants it run, and who he wants running it.  Best of luck to Oneri, we will have more details if and when they emerge.

[UPDATE 1:24 PM]  Theo means business today, according to Paul Sullivan, the Cubs have re-assigned Ari Kaplan from Manager of Statistical Analysis to a consulting position.  Sullivan continues, letting us know that the Cubs have eliminated Chuck Wasserstrom’s position which was Manager of Baseball Information, Wasserstrom had been around forever, and per Toni Ginetti, the Cubs are looking to find a new position for Scott Nelson who was the director of player operations.  The deck has officially been shuffled, we will be back with more.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Born on Third Featured!

That’s right, your favorite Cubs bloggers are currently being featured on the MLB.com blogs home page.  Check out the screen grab below to see our name in lights, okay not really, but it is pretty cool.

I don’t think we would be getting this type of recognition if it weren’t for our awesome readers, so thank you for reading, and being awesome.

– George

 

MLBlogs Latest Leaders: #10! How Fitting

 

Wanted to send out a quick post as a thank you to everyone for visiting and commenting on the blog, we were lucky enough to be the 10th most visited blog in July, and we couldn’t have done it with out you, so THANKS!  Rather fitting that we came in at #10 considering Ron Santo entered the Hall of Fame this month.

Please continue to stop by and interact with us as we chronicle the ever-changing landscape of Cubs baseball, top to bottom.  Especially now that the trade deadline has passed and the Cubs minor league system will be front and center at the Major League level.

Please check out the full list of the latest leaders here, lots of great blogs out there, go check them out.

Thanks again for everything!
– George

Listen To Me On The Radio!

I will be joining Patrick Schmidt on his radio show this morning at 8:35 AM CST to talk post deadline Cubs.  We will discuss the minor league teams, the trades, and much more I’m sure.

Follow the link below and click listen live!

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Thanks in advance for tuning in!
– George

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