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'One At-Bat' will happen Tuesday for Marlins

Maybe you've heard about the Adam Greenberg story. It's been in the news a lot in the last month and took a dramatic turn Thursday morning on NBC's Today Show.

Greenberg is the former Chicago Cubs outfielder whose only at-bat in the major leagues ended when he was drilled in the head by a pitch while batting in a 2005 game against the Florida Marlins in Sun Life Stadium. Plagued by concussions, he struggled to work his way back into baseball but never got close to the major leagues again. He played some in the minors and independent ball, and was part of Team Israel in last week's World Baseball Classic qualifier.

All the while, Chicago filmaker Matt Liston started a grass roots campaign called "One At Bat" to get Greenberg one more shot in the big leagues, just so he wouldn't end up like Moonlight Graham from "Field of Dreams."

It was a silly longshot at first but momentum grew with thousands of signatures to an online petition signed by many prominent ex-MLBers. But the Cubs said no to Greenberg earlier this month and it looked like the movement was going nowhere real.

Until today.

The Miami Marlins extended an offer to Greenberg today and will sign him to a one-day contract so he can bat Tuesday night against the Mets in Marlins Park.  This time, he said, he assures you'll he'll swing.

Watch today's NBC video below, as well as the outstanding piece earlier this summer from ESPN's Outside the Lines.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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