“Once I saw that Adam was in better shape than most of the players in the majors and that he is still working out and committed, I made this my mission,” Liston said. “Adam can actually make a team. He can get on base, he can steal. He’s so fast in the outfield, it’s ridiculous.”
Brad Ausmus, a big-league catcher for 18 years and now the manager for the Israeli team, became convinced by Greenberg’s skill set and put him on his roster.
In Wednesday’s 7-3 win over South Africa, Greenberg was used as a pinch-hitter, drawing a walk. He then scored from first on a single that was bobbled in left field.
Liston is hoping that major-league teams are taking notice. But, just to be sure, he has contacted numerous general managers around the majors and is hoping one will give Greenberg a chance this month because the rosters have expanded to allow more players.
The ideal fit would be a team out of the playoff race playing another team in the same situation. The Marlins are one such team, and they end their season with three games against the out-of-contention New York Mets, Oct. 1-3.
Liston said that would be a perfect scenario, given that Greenberg was injured against the Marlins, and Miami and New York have large Jewish populations that would provide an extra hook to what he believes would be the “feel good story of the year.”
Liston said several players around the majors, including the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, have told him they would gladly give up one of their at-bats for Greenberg.
“Are second chances only supposed to be given to players who fail drug tests?” Liston said. “Tell me Adam doesn’t deserve this chance.
“The outpouring of love and support that a team would get for playing Adam would be amazing. And I don’t think the story would end there. I think the team that gives him a chance will see his value on the field.”