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(Hardball Talk)   There is a petition circulating to get an injured Cubs player one more MLB at-bat. They'd probably have more success if they built a baseball park on a corn field in Iowa   (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com) divider line 40
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2012-09-04 03:03:32 PM
It doesn't really accomplish anything, but since the Cubs' season is already worthless, it's a nice token gesture which will only backfire if the pitcher throws at him.
 
2012-09-04 03:06:52 PM
Hasn't he suffered enough already?
 
2012-09-04 03:12:26 PM
Ease his pain
 
2012-09-04 03:12:36 PM
Sad story and all, but lots of sports careers are cut short or never happen because of injuries.
 
2012-09-04 03:27:41 PM
If he'd only gotten to be a doctor for five minutes... now *that* would have been a tragedy.
 
2012-09-04 03:36:05 PM
Why would the want to kick a guy when he's down, by having him suffer the indignity of ending his career while wearing a Cubs uniform? Wouldn't that be more embarassing than ending his career wearing the uniform of some random minor league team like the Modesto Nuts, Albuquerque Isotopes, or Montgomery Biscuits?
 
2012-09-04 04:08:21 PM
Oh God another stupid Change.org petition.
 
2012-09-04 04:56:38 PM
"Hit the bull Bartman, win a free steak."
 
2012-09-04 04:57:26 PM
Well, him being promoted from a baseball park in a cornfield in Iowa is what got him in this mess in the first place...
 
2012-09-04 05:09:00 PM
and yet my petition to get some pity sex from kate beckinsale goes nowhere.


/you are all heartless monsters
 
2012-09-04 05:14:51 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

Feels pain.
 
2012-09-04 05:17:20 PM
So gay - just like Chicago Cubs' fans
 
2012-09-04 05:17:55 PM

GAT_00: Oh God another stupid Change.org petition.


Damnit, I did one so I wouldn't have to hear Nickleback at half time. I stay on it because I find it hilarious what they call social injustice.
 
2012-09-04 05:27:54 PM

GAT_00: Oh God another stupid Change.org petition.


I signed one of those once, each week passing by they just got dumber and dumber.
 
2012-09-04 05:29:26 PM
That film director wants to get rich, and so he'd have you think this guy is the only player in history to get one plate appearance but zero at bats in his career. A quick search of baseball-reference will show you this guy is far from unique.

Dude reached base in the majors. That's more than the vast majority of professional baseball players will ever say. He should be happy with that.
 
2012-09-04 05:35:03 PM
Can he duck faster now then he could then? If not, I don't think it is worth the risk.
 
2012-09-04 05:44:12 PM
FTFA "In his first trip to the plate he was hit in the head and suffered a severe, major league career-ending concussion and positional vertigo. Though he came back and played in the Cubs, Dodgers, Royals and Angels organizations "

Seems like the journalist suffered a concussion too.

So, can someone un-retard this story for me? The guy's first at bat, he got wanged in the skull and never played in the majors again... but then played for four different major league clubs... and now someone wants to petition the Cubs to let him bat one more time because he didn't get a chance to the first time, only he HAS played for them when he came back and played some more?
 
2012-09-04 05:45:50 PM
The other day, I dreamed I was at an A's game, and won a contest to get an at-bat. I hit a double, and they told me I could hit again, but I woke up before I got the chance. Seriously!

/CSB
//baseball rules!
 
2012-09-04 05:46:27 PM
There are *countless* major-league baseball players who never got a single plate appearance or a chance to play in the field, were carried on a team's roster for the full season, and got credited with being a major league baseball player, despite never actually having played in a game at the major league level. This player is one of them. I agree, he got extremely unlucky in his one plate appearance, but, like all the rest of the above mentioned players, he got the privilege of riding the pine on a major league baseball team, and can retire truthfully claiming he was a major league baseball player. Now, having said that, the least the Cubs could do is sign him to a short-term contract, give him his one at-bat (even if he walks or strikes out), and let him tell his grand-children he actually got to contribute to his team in a major league baseball game before he retired.
 
2012-09-04 05:46:45 PM

RoosterCogburn:
So, can someone un-retard this story for me?


Organizations =/= Big Leagues
 
2012-09-04 05:47:18 PM

RoosterCogburn: FTFA "In his first trip to the plate he was hit in the head and suffered a severe, major league career-ending concussion and positional vertigo. Though he came back and played in the Cubs, Dodgers, Royals and Angels organizations "

Seems like the journalist suffered a concussion too.

So, can someone un-retard this story for me? The guy's first at bat, he got wanged in the skull and never played in the majors again... but then played for four different major league clubs... and now someone wants to petition the Cubs to let him bat one more time because he didn't get a chance to the first time, only he HAS played for them when he came back and played some more?


Playing for the Cubs, Dodgers, Royals, and Angels organizations does not mean he played for the Cubs, Dodgers, Royals, and Angels.

Minor Leagues.
 
2012-09-04 05:52:56 PM

bubbaprog: That film director wants to get rich, and so he'd have you think this guy is the only player in history to get one plate appearance but zero at bats in his career. A quick search of baseball-reference will show you this guy is far from unique.

Dude reached base in the majors. That's more than the vast majority of professional baseball players will ever say. He should be happy with that.


I would give my left nut to get hit in the head in my only major league pla te appearance.
 
2012-09-04 06:02:44 PM
And which player do they want the Cubs to remove from the 40-man roster (thus risking losing the player and setting his career back) for this symbolic gesture?
 
2012-09-04 06:22:23 PM

RoosterCogburn: So, can someone un-retard this story for me?


Sorry but it wasn't retarded.
 
2012-09-04 06:23:04 PM

Super Chronic: And which player do they want the Cubs to remove from the 40-man roster (thus risking losing the player and setting his career back) for this symbolic gesture?


Uh. I don't think they have to put a guy on waivers. They can just send him to the minors for a week or two.
 
2012-09-04 06:26:45 PM

devilskware: Super Chronic: And which player do they want the Cubs to remove from the 40-man roster (thus risking losing the player and setting his career back) for this symbolic gesture?

Uh. I don't think they have to put a guy on waivers. They can just send him to the minors for a week or two.


To remove someone from the 40-man, you have to DFA him, which gives you 10 days to trade, release or waive him. Those are your choices.
 
2012-09-04 06:28:01 PM
This story annoys me because it seems obsessed with the idea that you need an AT BAT to be a major leaguer, not a plate appearance.

Eddie Gaedel is pissed too.

Super Chronic: And which player do they want the Cubs to remove from the 40-man roster (thus risking losing the player and setting his career back) for this symbolic gesture?


Garza could be transferred to the 60-day.

devilskware: Uh. I don't think they have to put a guy on waivers. They can just send him to the minors for a week or two.


You don't know what the 40man roster is.
 
2012-09-04 06:31:41 PM

srhp29: Can he duck faster now then he could then? If not, I don't think it is worth the risk.


Would it be funny or sad if he got beaned again?
 
2012-09-04 06:31:54 PM
If he says, "No thanks, I made it up through my own hard work and ran into some bad luck, that's life. I won't take an at-bat through a charity stunt and have a teammate sent down for even one day," then he's a real hero.
 
2012-09-04 06:32:53 PM

Super Chronic: devilskware: Super Chronic: And which player do they want the Cubs to remove from the 40-man roster (thus risking losing the player and setting his career back) for this symbolic gesture?

Uh. I don't think they have to put a guy on waivers. They can just send him to the minors for a week or two.

To remove someone from the 40-man, you have to DFA him, which gives you 10 days to trade, release or waive him. Those are your choices.


Or put them on the 60 day right? It's the Cubs. Do they have anybody worth a crap anyway?
 
2012-09-04 06:37:05 PM

Decillion: If he says, "No thanks, I made it up through my own hard work and ran into some bad luck, that's life. I won't take an at-bat through a charity stunt and have a teammate sent down for even one day," then he's a real hero.


Because the integrity of the Cubs' season is so important.

/f*ck it, call up anyone who ever wanted to play baseball
//start doing a season-ticket-holder raffle, you win, you get to play a position for a night
///it actually would be a good promotion - would get lots of coverage, you'd get to hear what it was like for a regular guy to play against pros, etc...but naturally, baseball's "sanctity of the game" twats would ruin it like they ruin everything.
 
2012-09-04 06:39:23 PM

Decillion: If he says, "No thanks, I made it up through my own hard work and ran into some bad luck, that's life. I won't take an at-bat through a charity stunt and have a teammate sent down for even one day," then he's a real hero.


There was an outside the lines special on this a few weeks back, and he pretty much said this word for word. As mentioned in the story, it's one random guy that started this whole campaign, and eventually got Adam Greenberg to go along with it due to the publicity it's brought.

RoosterCogburn: FTFA "In his first trip to the plate he was hit in the head and suffered a severe, major league career-ending concussion and positional vertigo. Though he came back and played in the Cubs, Dodgers, Royals and Angels organizations "

Seems like the journalist suffered a concussion too.

So, can someone un-retard this story for me? The guy's first at bat, he got wanged in the skull and never played in the majors again... but then played for four different major league clubs... and now someone wants to petition the Cubs to let him bat one more time because he didn't get a chance to the first time, only he HAS played for them when he came back and played some more?


You should've bolded the last word of the original quote. If you don't know much about baseball, organizations mean not only the major leagues, but the minor league teams that they own. A quick google search about this guy would've given you the answers you needed here.
 
2012-09-04 06:43:20 PM

IAmRight: Decillion: If he says, "No thanks, I made it up through my own hard work and ran into some bad luck, that's life. I won't take an at-bat through a charity stunt and have a teammate sent down for even one day," then he's a real hero.

Because the integrity of the Cubs' season is so important.

/f*ck it, call up anyone who ever wanted to play baseball
//start doing a season-ticket-holder raffle, you win, you get to play a position for a night
///it actually would be a good promotion - would get lots of coverage, you'd get to hear what it was like for a regular guy to play against pros, etc...but naturally, baseball's "sanctity of the game" twats would ruin it like they ruin everything.


It's not about "sanctity of the game." It's about limited roster space, the ability of the organization to control 40 players, and the livelihoods of the real people who are getting jerked around. So maybe, as DeWayne Mann pointed out, there's a Matt Garza who is a candidate for the 60-day DL, but that only goes so far.
 
2012-09-04 09:20:29 PM
Calico Joe?
 
2012-09-04 09:28:24 PM
Garza is already on the 60-day DL. Joe Mather, any of the pitchers they have been shuttling to and from Iowa, 3rd catcher Recker...plenty of candidates.
 
2012-09-04 09:35:31 PM

Foolkiller: Garza is already on the 60-day DL. Joe Mather, any of the pitchers they have been shuttling to and from Iowa, 3rd catcher Recker...plenty of candidates.


That's what I get for trusting mlbdepthcharts.com They're usually really good, but they definitely have Garza as on the 15.
 
2012-09-05 12:03:17 AM
I thought this was posted before. Any case, wherever I read it the first time, someone mentioned the 'Stros only have 39 players due to a drop/trade and they were going to try and push for him to be picked up and play against the Cubs in a series coming up.

Big dream either way, but nice idea.
 
2012-09-05 12:32:12 AM
ive seen this movie
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2012-09-05 12:41:40 AM

Rex_Banner: bubbaprog: That film director wants to get rich, and so he'd have you think this guy is the only player in history to get one plate appearance but zero at bats in his career. A quick search of baseball-reference will show you this guy is far from unique.

Dude reached base in the majors. That's more than the vast majority of professional baseball players will ever say. He should be happy with that.

I would give my left nut to get hit in the head in my only major league pla te appearance.


really? Cause I think this would have a much bigger fan draw than seeing greenberg play again.

"come see this guy give up his left nut to get hit in the head by Jose Valverde".

I would come watch.
 
2012-09-05 09:36:39 AM

thisiszombocom: ive seen this movie
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And?? How was it?
 
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