Monday, June 05, 2006

Deep within the Transactions Column

The Cubs’ own Moonlight Graham was quietly released by the organization over this weekend. Adam Greenberg wore #17 with dignity and class, and is already a better announcer than any Cub to ever wear that number (except maybe John Mabry).

His Major League career consists of a single plate appearance against the Florida Marlins on July 9, 2005, in which he was hit in the head by a fastball from Valerio de los Santos while pinch hitting in the ninth inning. Consequently, his on-base percentage is a perfect 1.000, and, having zero at-bats and no chances on defense, he has no batting average or fielding percentage.

While many players have had careers consisting of a single at-bat, it is not yet known if any other players share the distinction of being hit with the only pitch every thrown to them at the major league level.

Listening to the game that July Saturday night, as we were, you kinda had the feeling that this was too odd NOT to be Adam Greenberg’s only appearance in the major leagues. His batting average never made it over .200 in AA and AAA. Makes you wonder what a ball to the noggin will do to you.

Good Luck to him.

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