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That was quick: Marlins release Adam Greenberg

Oct 3, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

Miami Marlins outfielder Adam Greenberg reacts as he walks in the dugout after striking out on a pitch by New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey as the Marlins met the New York Mets in their MLB National League baseball game in Miami Reuters

Adam Greenberg’s return to the big leagues is officially over after one at-bat, one strikeout, three pitches, and 33 seconds, as the Marlins released him following last night’s pinch-hitting appearance against R.A. Dickey.

Prior to yesterday’s game Greenberg was saying all kinds of stuff about how he hoped his time with the Marlins would be more than just the one at-bat, even mentioning going to spring training. It turns out they weren’t even interested in keeping him around for the final 24 hours of the season.

I’m not sure what the rush to get rid of Greenberg was, because certainly the Marlins didn’t need to clear a roster spot for the season finale. Of course, it’s not like Greenberg can complain and it was said to be a “one-day contract” all along. He got his official at-bat seven years later and the Marlins got some press for what was ultimately a stunt.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    What an anti-climatic story.

    • paperlions - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Are you saying they released Greenberg because of climate change? If so, that if BS, man….BS, I tell ya!

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    It seems the marlins screw things up even when they’re doing something good. That being said Greenberg knew what this was so he shouldn’t be surprised.

    • dwrek5 - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Right, let him stay on the roster 1 more game then release him next week when everyone is enthralled with the playoffs.

  3. poreef - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I recall the previous HBT items on Greenberg saying that the Marlins got some kind of special dispensation from the MLB to have Greenberg on the roster for precisely 1-day, while deactivating someone else without affecting eligibility, pay, CBA kind-of-stuff.

  4. unlost1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    where can i buy the jersey? i guess it’s the only one in history that went straight from retail to goodwill.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      You will be able to get his baseball card though. Topps will add him to their set.

  5. alexo0 - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Exploitation complete. Hopefully Loria got the bump in attendance and merchandise sales that he anticipated.

    • paperlions - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      How many members of Greenberg’s family went? That’s probably about it.

  6. bennoj - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    I thought he’d only signed a one-day contract: From Drew Silva’s post last night – “He signed a one-day contract with the Marlins this past weekend.” So yeah, they released him because his contract was up.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Is there even such a thing as a 2 day contract haha?

    • poreef - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      But did the 1-day contract have a reserve clause?

  7. tcostant - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Sometime you need to pull that bandade off quick. They didn’t want to deal with this all offseason.

  8. bigleagues - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Publicity #FAIL.

    I’m happy for Adam Greenberg and certainly he attracted all sort of national media attention, but what does it really do for the Marlins brand? 90% of the people who heard about Greenberg in the past 48 hours will have forgotten who he is by Spring Training, and virtually none of those people (outside of SoFla) will have remembered that it was the Marlins who gave Greenberg his return At Bat.

    The only way this would have worked was if they had signed him for the final week of the season and gave him a guaranteed Spring Training invite.

    And guess what . . . if they had done that, they would have had NOTHING TO LOSE and everything to gain.

    Because they way they did do it, left folks like me viewing Loria and his front office operation even more negatively then I had before.

  9. bigleagues - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Publicity #FAIL.

    I’m happy for Adam Greenberg and certainly he attracted all sort of national media attention, but what does it really do for the Marlins brand? 90% of the people who heard about Greenberg in the past 48 hours will have forgotten who he is by Spring Training, and virtually none of those people (outside of SoFla) will have remembered that it was the Marlins who gave Greenberg his return At Bat.

    The only way this would have worked was if they had signed him for the final week of the season and gave him a guaranteed Spring Training invite.

    And guess what . . . if they had done that, they would have had NOTHING TO LOSE and everything to gain.

    Because the way they did do it, left folks like me viewing Loria and his front office operation even more negatively then I had before.

  10. El Bravo - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    It was a one-day contract.

  11. Chris K - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Who’s Adam Greenberg and why is this a story?

    • mazblast - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      Chris, you’re either a troll, completely ignorant, or both.

      • Chris K - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:49 AM

        Sorry for being an ignorant troll for not knowing about a 9th round draft pick who got hit in the head during his only at bat 7 years ago. I’m pretty much the worst person ever.

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