Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/27/12
Near the end of a disappointing season, the Miami Marlins are making one of the most magnanimous gestures of this baseball year. The Marlins said Thursday that they have signed outfielder Adam Greenberg to a one-day, major league contract. Greenberg, hit in the head with a pitch during his only big-league plate appearance seven years ago, will play for the Marlins against the New York Mets Tuesday -- the next-to-last day of the season. Greenberg, then a Chicago Cubs prospect, saw only one pitch during the fateful July 9, 2005, game against the Marlins. He experienced vertigo as a result of the pitch, thrown by reliever Valerio De Los Santos. Greenberg hasn't been back to the major leagues since. Greenberg, 31, continued his career as a minor leaguer in the Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels organizations. He also played independent baseball, most recently for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League from 2008 through 2011. Greenberg also appeared in two games for Team Israel during this month's World Baseball Classic qualifier, walking in his lone trip to the plate. "I'm extremely proud to extend this opportunity to Adam," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a news release. "He has earned this chance as his love and passion for the game never diminished, despite his career tragically being cut short. I look forward to seeing Adam step up to the plate and realizing his comeback dream next Tuesday night." The Marlins said Greenberg will donate his one-day salary to the Sports Legacy Institute by way of the Marlins Foundation. SLI, the well-known organization founded by Christopher Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu, studies the crisis of brain trauma in sports and advocates for more proactive treatment of concussions.
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