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Adam Greenberg will try to get back to the majors with the Orioles

Dec 20, 2012, 2:40 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, who was called up for a one-game return to the majors by the Marlins in September after his official MLB debut saw him get hit in the head by a pitch in 2005, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Orioles.

Greenberg has spent most of the past five years playing independent ball in the Atlantic League, where he hit .255 with a .737 OPS in 354 total games, so while he’s a nice story the odds of the 32-year-old returning to the majors based on merit seem pretty slim.

Of course, not so long ago the Orioles signing 36-year-old Lew Ford to a minor-league contract seemed sort of silly and he ended up returning to the majors as a regular for a playoff team.

  1. sportfan23 - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    First game back with the Orioles will be to face the Jays and he’ll strike out against Dickey again.

    • husky2score - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      Really. Of all things to say right now and you decide to say that? Wow.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Totally not a question about Adam Greenberg, but do the Indy leagues has the same or similar drug testing standards as MLB? Wondering if it would be easier for an older player to make an assisted comeback along that avenue.

    • paperlions - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      First, I doubt Indy leagues have the financial resources to spend that much money on drug testing.

      Second, the support for the effects of PEDs on baseball performance is small. Steroids appear to benefit pitcher velocity the most. Amphetamines appear to benefit hitters the most. Neither had as big of an effect as change in ball composition or the previous trend to build smaller ball parks.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        I think the main benefit of steroids (as a general term) was that they allowed a person to work out longer and more frequently. So really it is more about conditioning than baseball skill. For a guy who was out of baseball for a few years, though, I would imagine the conditioning part could be significant. Now that we know what we know about Bartolo Colon, I would imagine that was his plan: go work out in the DR, get into game shape, and hope it lasts long enough to get you through the MLB season. It didn’t really work the whole season for the Yankees, so maybe he tried a booster during the dog days with Oakland, and that was when he got popped.

        Just a theory

  3. dowhatifeellike - Dec 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    He’ll never make it to the bigs but if he can grind out a living at AA doing what he loves, more power to him.

  4. psuravens19 - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Good story and all, but when are the O’s going to sign somebody that can actually improve their team.

  5. husky2score - Dec 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    That would be awesome! Who cares if he is not good, he can progress like he did before he got hurt.

    • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      He could be like the Bojangles of MLB – have him come out once a year and dance up and down the basepaths. It’s nice to see the national game still has room for some cheap sentiment.

  6. makeham98 - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Rickey says that Rickey could still play too if some team offered Rickey a contract for Rickey’s services.

  7. jm91rs - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    If this guy is able to get a few more years of getting paid to play a game (granted not paid a ton, but probably more than many Americans make), then more power to him. I applaud his efforts. The guy almost made a few teams in the past few years so it’s not like he’s a charity case.

  8. crawdaddybob - Dec 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Best of luck, kid!!!

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