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  1. Scott Rice makes the Mets after 14 years in the minors

    Mar 29, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

    Scott Rice

    Scott Rice was a first-round pick way back in 1999, going 44th overall to the Orioles out of high school. He spent the next 14 years playing in the minors, including multiple stints in independent leagues. And now he’s headed to the big leagues for the first time. Rice has secured an Opening Day spot…

  2. The Mets outfield could be historically bad

    Mar 22, 2013, 7:01 PM EST

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Rob Brantly

    ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that Mets GM Sandy Alderson doesn’t have any plans to bolster a very weak outfield: Sandy Alderson said there is no cavalry coming to the rescue in the outfield. That means it will be Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin in the outfield in some configuration…

  3. Miguel Cabrera’s two homers lead Venezuela past Mets

    Mar 6, 2013, 5:22 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera, Asdrubal Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and Gerardo Parra added a three-run shot as Venezuela beat the Mets 14-10 in an exhibition Thursday. Marlon Byrd homered as part of a seven-run fifth inning for the Mets, but Venezuela had already totaled 12 runs by that point. Featuring perhaps the most well balanced…

  4. Marlon Byrd will retire if he doesn’t make the Mets

    Mar 1, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Marlon Byrd

    Marlon Byrd is pretty self-aware. He knows that if he can’t make a team with an outfield as thin as the Mets, baseball has told him something important about where he stands. He tells the New York Post that he’s likely to retire if the Mets cut him: “I kind of look at it as…

  5. Quote of the Day: Marlon Byrd calls himself an idiot

    Feb 15, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd

    Marlon Byrd was suspended 50 games for a performance-enhancing drug last season and is now trying to make the Mets on a minor-league deal. Today he met the media: Byrd on his 50-game suspension for banned substance: “I think you have to be an idiot to test positive and I was one of those idiots.”…

  6. Mets sign outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract

    Feb 1, 2013, 7:01 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd AP

    While many Mets fans are still dreaming of Michael Bourn and a protected first-round draft pick, the team just announced that they have signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Byrd batted just .210/.243/.245 with one home run and a .488 OPS in 153 plate…

  7. NBC SportsTalk: Brian Cashman’s irresponsible PED comments

    Aug 30, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Brian Cashman

    Joe Sheehan and I joined Erik Kuselias on SportsTalk last night and one of the segments was about Brian Cashman’s lack of surprise over Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera‘s positive PED tests.  Which is fine as far as it goes. It may be a rare bit of candor from an executive on the topic of…

  8. And now, tomorrow’s Bartolo Colon commentary today!

    Aug 22, 2012, 3:59 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Bartolo Colon’s drug suspension coming a week after Melky Cabrera‘s is gonna be like manna from hack commentator heaven. The story line — and it will be treated as one, seamless story line — is gonna break down thusly: Angle: Here we go again! The Bay Area is once…

  9. Report: Red Sox aggressively pursuing Ryan Dempster

    Jul 16, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    A source told ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Red Sox are aggressively pursuing the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster in a bid to shore up their rotation. The Red Sox have already worked out one deal this year with their former employees in Chicago (team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer), but the Marlon Byrd…

  10. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  11. Mets tie a major league record in 17-1 drubbing of Cubs

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

    Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy

    The game started off quietly enough, with the Mets and Cubs tied at 1 after three innings. It didn’t stay that way, though: the Mets exploded for 15 runs between the fourth and sixth innings in routing the Cubs 17-1 on Wednesday. David Wright, Ike Davis, Scott Hairston and Daniel Murphy combined to drive in…

  12. Must-Click Link: Doug Glanville’s disappointment with Marlon Byrd

    Jun 27, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd AP

    We’ve heard people piling on Marlon Byrd for his positive PED test as if he owed them something and, frankly, it’s pretty unseemly. Contrast this with an excellent column from Doug Glanville today which outlines true disappointment. In it Glanville explains how veterans mentor young players and how young players grow up and do the…

  13. Marlon Byrd will lose no money during his PED suspension

    Jun 27, 2012, 12:05 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd AP

    While the fact that Marlon Byrd has no current employer means that him missing 50 games is kind of academic, the assumption was that he was at least losing out on 50-games worth of pay given that he’s still under contract for 2012. That assumption is wrong, however. Gordon Wittenmyer: According to multiple sources, the…

  14. Victor Conte had nothing to do with Marlon Byrd’s PED suspension

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Marlon Byrd AP

    When Marlon Byrd was suspended yesterday a lot of people immediately looked, so to speak, at Victor Conte. Conte being (a) Byrd’s supplement guru; and (b) the guy behind BALCO, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Marion Jones and all the rest. “I didn’t have anything to do with this,” said Conte when reached for comment.  Yeah. Sure.…

  15. Chicago Sun-Times eager to be Marlon Byrd’s judge, jury, executioner

    Jun 25, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd

    OK, I’m dubious about Marlon Byrd‘s claims that his positive test for a breast-cancer-treating, estrogen-blocking, steroid-masking drug had nothing to do with enhancing his performance. A couple of bigwigs at the Chicago Sun-Times are anything but, however. They’re positive Byrd is lying through his teeth: Now, I’m sure De Luca, Deputy Managing Editor, News and…

  16. Marlon Byrd suspended for PEDs

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd AP

    This is bigger than your normal PED suspension: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that outfielder Marlon Byrd has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Tamoxifen, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Byrd, a free agent, will be on the restricted…

  17. Red Sox release outfielder Marlon Byrd

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd AP

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox have released Marlon Byrd after designating the veteran outfielder for assignment last week. Byrd made a nice first impression after the Red Sox got him from the Cubs in a mid-April trade, going 10-for-30 (.333) through eight games. However, he hit .243 with one homer and…

  18. Red Sox to designate Marlon Byrd for assignment

    Jun 9, 2012, 9:18 AM EST

    Marlon Byrd AP

    Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox will designate outfielder Marlon Byrd for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will make his first major league start since Tommy John surgery this afternoon against the Nationals. Byrd was informed of the decision following last night’s game. Byrd…

  19. Jamey Carroll’s hand is kinda gross, but he plays the game the right way

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    The biggest reason to click this link is to see a picture and video of Jamey Carroll‘s hand, which is totally gnarled, mangled and gross from a decade of playing the infield. The second biggest is to ask yourself why it is that no one ever writes stories like this about non-white, non-short, non-scrappy utility…

  20. Boston’s banged-up outfield gets Ryan Sweeney back

    May 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Ryan Sweeney

    Ryan Sweeney passed his post-concussion tests and has been activated from the disabled list, giving the Red Sox a much-needed boost for their injury wrecked outfield. Prior to the concussion Sweeney had started 22 times in right field compared to six times in center field, but he’s in today’s lineup as the center fielder with…

  21. Cody Ross out indefinitely with fractured bone in left foot

    May 21, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Jose Molina, Cody Ross

    Cody Ross, who’s been playing every day in the Red Sox’s outfield because of injuries to Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury, is now joining them on the disabled list with a fractured bone in his left foot. There’s no timetable yet for his return, but manager Bobby Valentine indicated to reporters that the Red Sox…

  22. Bobby Valentine’s first ejection as Red Sox manager is an instant classic

    May 19, 2012, 9:56 AM EST

    Bobby V Getty

    Bobby Valentine was ejected for the 38th time in his managerial career last night and for the first time as Red Sox skipper. And it was super awkward. Valentine came out to argue after Marlon Byrd hit a grounder up the middle and Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins threw him out in a close play at…

  23. The player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd deal is named

    May 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    mystery man

    And now your entry for “least interesting news of the day: The Cubs have acquire lefty Hunter Cervenka from Boston as the player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd deal. I’ve never heard of Cervenka. Guessing most people not related to him haven’t either. Heck, there are probably even some Cervenka cousins who are…

  24. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 10, Phillies 5: Cliff Lee was OK in his return, but he was on a pitch count and the bullpen — including reverted-to-longman-work Kyle Kendrick — got shellacked. Again. Ike Davis drove in three.  The Mets so thoroughly own Citizens Bank Park this year that the Phillies are gonna have to launch some awkward…

  25. Looking at MLB’s least productive positions to date

    May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EST

    Xavier Nady

    Nationals left fielders, “led” by Xavier Nady, have amassed an MLB-low .406 OPS in 101 at-bats to date, hitting just .119 with no homers and six RBI. Here’s the list of the worst OPSs by team and position so far, along with the player most responsible for the poor showing. LF Nationals – .406 (.119/.237/.168)…

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