Adam Greenberg in the NYT

I looked up from my dissertation just long enough to notice that Adam Greenberg has made The Paper of Record. It's odd that they would decide to run an article on him now, all of the sudden. But it's a fine piece, framing both him and Dusty Baker in a very nice, sympathetic light. Sadly, it seems that Greenberg still struggles with lingering effects of the beaning. Sorry I can't write more, but I encourage you to check it out.

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Let's hope it doesn't destroy his career like a beaning destroyed Ellis Valetine's, Sammy Sosa's and many more.

Great article, thanks for the link...Maybe if Murton's parents would come to more games he would have played more often. :)

Dickie Thon, Rocky Colavito (I Believe) and who's the Red Sox player they always talk about? Had a very Italian sounding name (like Rocky) as I recall?

Then again, just this year we've seen Hafner and Morneau recover nicely...

Matt Clement's name isn't Italian!

They were talking about Tony Conigliaro. He still had a 36 HR season afterwards, but he was done at age 26.

"I was hit in the head in the minor leagues," Cubs shortstop Neifi Perez said, "... a coach told me that something like that is one in a thousand. So I stopped thinking about it. ..."

Stathead!

Neifi Perez: delivering the keynote address at a SABR convention near you!

Ray Chapman was never the same after his beaning.

I don't think the beaning ruined Sammy's career..not being able to use his 'kit' may have had something to do with it.

speculation only, mind you.

Sammy was beaned more than once and as a result stands noticeably further from the plate where he reaches for outside pitches instead of swinging at them. It's reduced his bat speed and hastened his demise as a hitter.

... a coach told me that something like that is one in a thousand. So I stopped thinking

So that's the Cubs problem. The coaches told them to all stop thinking.

At least we've finally found something the coaches told them...that they could master.

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    "Terms of the deal were not disclosed."

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    Rob Richardson 15 min 45 sec ago view
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    PC tonite at PNC

    jacos 38 min 2 sec ago view
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    billybucks 1 hour 25 min ago view
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    Rob G. 1 hour 31 min ago view
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    [Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]

    Charlie 3 hours 35 min ago view
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    crunch 3 hours 42 min ago view
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    Tito 6 hours 7 min ago view
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    And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.

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    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 11 min ago view
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    billybucks 6 hours 16 min ago view
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    Tito 6 hours 19 min ago view
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    My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 32 min ago view
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    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 36 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 6 hours 41 min ago view
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    Hagsag 10 hours 26 min ago view
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    Still impressive.

    John Beasley 10 hours 28 min ago view