Adam Greenberg Retires

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Bridgeport Bluefish General Manager, Ken Shepard announced via his twitter account that Adam Greenberg will retire today.

Greenberg's story has been well documented.

On July 9, 2005, during his first at-bat in the major leagues he was hit in the head by a 92 mph fastball from Marlins pitcher Valerio De Los Santos. Greenberg suffered a concussion and was removed from the game. Since Greenberg was hit by a pitch, he was only credited with a plate appearance and not an official at-bat.

In the years that followed he tried to make it back to the major leagues, but lingering ailments plagued his return. Greenberg had stints in the Dodgers, Royals and Angels organizations but couldn't stick on any of their affiliates' rosters. He eventually settled down with his hometown team, the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League, where he played from 2008-2011.

In 2012, he opted not to return to the Bluefish, instead joining the Israeli National Team in their attempt to qualify for the World Baseball Classic.

Earlier that year, Chicago Cubs fan, Matt Liston had started a petition to get Adam his "One At Bat.". The petition eventually went viral and not soon after the Miami Marlins signed Adam to a one-day contract to get him his at-bat.

On October, 2, 2012, Greenberg pinch hit for the Miami Marlins in the sixth inning of their game against the New York Mets in Miami. Greenberg struck out on three pitches to eventual Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey. 

After the game Greenberg was quoted as saying, " "It was magical. The energy that was in the stadium was something that I have never experienced in my life, and I don’t know if I’ll ever experience that again."

In 2013, Greenberg signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles but was released soon after the end of spring training. He returned to the Bridgeport Bluefish a few weeks later and hit .220 with seven RBI, and seven stolen bases in 30 games.

Best of luck to Adam, and his family!

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