Dan Duquette’s Orioles have become the landing spot for players looking for a second chance.
If you were a failed, can’t-miss prospect, an aging veteran or a successful independent league player, well, come to the Orioles and show whether you can make it to the big leagues.
So it’s really no surprise that the Orioles have announced they have signed left-handed hitting outfielder Adam Greenberg to a minor-league deal. He will not receive a formal invitation to spring training, however.
Greenberg made news last year when an online petition to get him another plate appearance in the majors gained steam. The 31-year-old outfielder and 2002 ninth-round pick made it to the Chicago Cubs in 2005 but was hit in the head by the first pitch he saw as a big leaguer, a 92-mph fastball from Florida Marlins pitcher Valerio de los Santos.
Greenberg dealt with the effects of the beaning for weeks and months after that and never played in the big leagues again, eventually ending up in the independent Atlantic League for several years.
But last season, on Oct. 2, the Marlins signed him to a one-day deal -- with the one-day salary donated to a brain trauma research fund -- and Greenberg received a pinch-hit appearance in the sixth inning against the New York Mets.
He struck out on three pitches from eventual National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.
Now he’ll be joining the Orioles organization to attempt to keep his baseball dream alive.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun