Marlon Byrd
American baseball player
Marlon Byrd
Marlon Jerrard Byrd, popularly known as The Position or The Possish or Sish, is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Chicago Cubs. He has also played on the Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers.
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Cleveland Indians outfielder Byrd banned for dope test
Yahoo News - 9 months
Cleveland Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd was slapped with a season-long 162-game ban on Wednesday after failing a drug test. Byrd, who had already been suspended for 50 games in 2012, tested positive for the banned growth hormone secretagogue Ipamorelin. Byrd is the second Indians player to be banned for performance-enhancing drugs this season.
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Chicago Times - 10 months
AMERICAN LEAGUE Central Division White Sox: Sunshine suits Sox pitchers. They have major-league-best 1.89 ERA in day games. Indians: Marlon Byrd, 38, nails runner at plate for double play: "The old man still has a few tricks." Royals: Wade Davis texts to deny having any problem with catcher...
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Byrd lifts Reds over Giants
Fox News - almost 2 years
Cincinnati, OH ( - Marlon Byrd hit the game-winning home run in the eighth inning and contributed three RBI as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the San Francisco Giants, 4-3, in the opener of a four-game set.
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Iglesias pitches Reds past Braves
Fox News - almost 2 years
Cincinnati, OH ( - Todd Frazier and Marlon Byrd both homered to help the Cincinnati Reds to a series win over the Atlanta Braves with a 5-1 victory on Wednesday night.Joey Votto had a pair of hits with an RBI and a run scored and Zack Cozart drove in a run for the Reds, who have won two straight following a three-game skid
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Reds overpower Braves
Fox News - almost 2 years
Atlanta, GA ( - Marlon Byrd, Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart all homered to back a solid Jason Marquis in the Cincinnati Reds' 8-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.
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Reds slip past Cubs
Fox News - almost 2 years
Chicago, IL ( - Anthony DeSclafani pitched seven strong innings as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in the second of a three-game set.DeSclafani (1-0) allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out five, while Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Marlon Byrd each drove in a run for the Reds, who snapped a three-game slide
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Hawkins Leaves Mets for Rockies
NYTimes - over 3 years
LaTroy Hawkins, 40, followed Marlon Byrd’s lead, becoming the latest Met to play well enough to price himself out of the team’s plans.
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Marlon Byrd to Phils; Rays, Rangers Explore Trades
NYTimes - over 3 years
Marlon Byrd moved across Pennsylvania to Philadelphia.     
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Replay in, collisions out? Marlon Byrd to Phillies
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Home plate collisions could become a thing of the past, along with blown calls on the bases.
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Phillies sign Marlon Byrd to two-year, reported $16M deal -
Google News - over 3 years Phillies sign Marlon Byrd to two-year, reported $16M deal The Philadelphia Phillies have signed free-agent outfielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract, reports Jon Heyman of The deal is for $16 million, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Byrd, 36, resurrected his career last season for ... AP: Marlon Byrd, Phillies closing in on two-year dealUSA TODAY Phillies, Byrd reach agreement on two-year Marlon Byrd's $16 million deal with Phillies evidence of premium on power in Delaware County Daily Times -ESPN -The Decatur Daily all 105 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marlon Byrd
  • 2016
    Age 38
    On June 1, 2016, Byrd was suspended 162 games for his second positive PED test.
    More Details Hide Details The day his suspension started, he told his teammates that his career was over.
    The Indians purchased his contract and added him to the active roster on April 3, 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 37
    After becoming a free agent following the 2015 season, Byrd signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians on March 18, 2016 with an invitation to major-league spring training camp.
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    Byrd hit the Giants' record-breaking 8th grand slam of the season against the Cardinals on August 28, 2015 against Michael Wacha.
    More Details Hide Details This was Byrd's first career hit against Wacha, and it was Wacha's first grand-slam given up.
    He hit a home run on his first at-bat with the Giants on August 21, 2015 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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    On August 20, 2015, Byrd was traded to the San Francisco Giants for Double-A reliever Stephen Johnson.
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    As of May 14, 2015 Byrd was hitting .342 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in the month of May.
    More Details Hide Details He reached 19 home runs before being traded to the San Francisco Giants.
  • 2014
    Age 36
    On December 31, 2014, Byrd was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for starting pitcher Ben Lively.
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    In 154 games of 2014, Byrd struck out 185 times while batting .264 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI.
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  • 2013
    Age 35
    On November 12, 2013, Byrd agreed in principle to a two-year contract worth $16 million to return to the Phillies.
    More Details Hide Details The deal included an $8 million club option for 2016 that vests based on plate appearances. Unlike his previous years, Byrd began to strike out more often.
    In the 2013 National League Wild Card Game, Byrd went 2-4 with a home run and 2 RBI, as the Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-2.
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    On August 27, 2013, Byrd and John Buck were traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for infield prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later, identified on August 29 as Vic Black.
    More Details Hide Details In his first game with the Pirates, Byrd hit a 3-run home run in Pittsburgh's 7-1 victory over Milwaukee.
    Before a game on June 5, 2013, Byrd joked with Mets teammate Anthony Recker that he was going to hit two home runs in the game.
    More Details Hide Details Byrd did hit two home runs in the Mets 10-1 win over the Washington Nationals. Byrd hit .285 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 117 games for the Mets before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    On February 1, 2013, Byrd signed a minor-league deal with the Mets.
    More Details Hide Details Byrd hit a walk-off 2 RBI single on April 7 for the Mets on their way to a 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    On June 25, 2012, Byrd was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance.
    More Details Hide Details Byrd was placed on the restricted list and remained there until August 20.
    On June 12, 2012 Byrd was released.
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    On June 9, 2012, Byrd was designated for assignment by the Red Sox in order to make room for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was returning from the disabled list.
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    On April 21, 2012 Byrd was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Michael Bowden and a player to be named later.
    More Details Hide Details Minor league pitcher Hunter Cervenka was the player sent to the Cubs May 15.
  • 2011
    Age 33
    After the 2011 season Byrd began practicing Muay Thai and started a new diet and lost 40 lbs.
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    On May 21, 2011, while batting during the 2nd inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Byrd was hit near his left eye by a pitch from Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves.
    More Details Hide Details The pitch was, according to Aceves, unintentional. After the pitch hit him, Byrd dropped to the ground, covered the area by his left eye and rolled in pain; he was helped off the field by Cubs medical personnel and taken to the trainer's room in the clubhouse. Byrd did not return to the game. He was taken to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he stayed overnight to be examined. The incident marked the fifth time that Byrd had been hit by a pitch in a ten-day period. Byrd was placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day. Justin Berg was called up to take his place. After coming off his stint on the disabled list, Byrd wore a protective mask customized to his helmet in order to shield his weakened facial bones.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    On December 31, 2009, Byrd signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.
    More Details Hide Details In his first season with the Cubs, Byrd had his best season. He was selected for his first All-Star Game. Byrd entered the game as a substitute and drew a walk off of Matt Thornton. He scored from first base on a double by Brian McCann. In the ninth inning, while playing right field, Byrd made an outstanding play, forcing Boston DH David Ortiz at second after fielding what normally would have been a base hit.
    Following the 2009 season, Byrd filed for free agency, declining the Rangers' offer of salary arbitration.
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    Byrd had a career season in 2009, hitting 20 home runs and collecting 89 RBIs.
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  • 2008
    Age 30
    On August 4, 2008, he hit a walk-off grand slam to help the Rangers beat the Yankees 9–5.
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  • 2007
    Age 29
    Byrd's contract was purchased on May 26, 2007, following injuries to outfielders Brad Wilkerson and Jerry Hairston, Jr. Making the most of his call-up by hitting over .400 for the month of June, Byrd played his way into the line-up, allowing the Rangers to trade center fielder Kenny Lofton prior to the trading deadline.
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  • 2006
    Age 28
    Byrd was signed as a free agent by the Rangers on December 8, 2006, to compete for the starting position in center field.
    More Details Hide Details After failing to make the Rangers' major league roster out of spring training, Byrd was assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks.
    On July 15, 2006, Byrd was designated for assignment and assigned to Washington's Triple-A affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs.
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  • 2005
    Age 27
    Byrd was traded to the Washington Nationals in 2005 for Endy Chávez.
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  • 2004
    Age 26
    In 2004, he did not keep his high level of performance.
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  • 2003
    Age 25
    Byrd reached the big leagues in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He came in fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting, batting .303 with 86 runs scored, 28 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 11 stolen bases in 135 games and 495 at-bats.
  • 1999
    Age 21
    Byrd played baseball at Georgia Tech. After a major injury, he transferred to Georgia Perimeter Junior College where he earned an AS Degree in Business in May 1999, while rededicating himself to baseball.
    More Details Hide Details The injury was to his right leg in which he sustained muscular damage and an infection which cut off the circulation to his nerves. He had to undergo three operations to correct the problem. Many doctors had wanted to amputate his right leg, but Byrd refused and underwent a two-year rehab process. During the rehab process, Byrd reached up to 300 pounds.
  • 1993
    Age 15
    He played on the 1993 state runner-up team as a sophomore, and was part of the 1995 state championship team.
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  • 1977
    Born on August 30, 1977.
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