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Marlon Byrd Newsbeat

Friday, June 03, 2016

You’ll never stop the Marlon Byrds of the world from taking PEDs -

I disagree with the idea that bigger penalties wouldn’t be effective. Byrd knew that he’d be back. A quicker path to permanent bans would, at the least, have prevented him from getting another contract. A penalty which would require him to repay money earned and force teams and players to terminate long-term contracts would also disincentivize PED use. (I realize collecting paid salary would be difficult in many cases.) 

Where was the risk? There was none. And after not taking a risk, Byrd made just over $17 million dollars. He got to continue doing the only thing he knew. He escaped the ash-and-maple scythe that takes down every player. He won. Compared to the scenario without PEDs, he absolutely won.

You don’t prevent that with bigger penalties. You can only hope to prevent it with better testing. Byrd wasn’t a vainglorious player who was upset at the attention paid to his peers, like Barry Bonds. He wasn’t a very good player who wanted to be great, like Rafael Palmeiro. He wasn’t a major leaguer who wouldn’t be a regular without a little extra strength, like Dee Gordon.

Byrd was a player with nothing to lose. Those players will brave the penalties every damned time. And here’s a spoiler: You don’t have to be 34 and facing unwelcome retirement to have nothing to lose. You can be 24 and repeating a level for the third time. You can be 20 and facing life in the independent leagues. You can be 30, with an All-Star appearance and $10 million in the bank, but struggling in Japan. You can be a player with a fragile ego who can’t contemplate the idea of struggling at baseball for the first time in his life.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:54 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: marlon byrd, peds

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Report: Marlon Byrd tested positive for PEDs, faces a 162-game suspension

Vince Grzegorek of Cleveland Scene reports that Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and faces a 162-game suspension. This has not yet been confirmed by Major League Baseball, but it is expected to be soon.

The suspension would be Byrd’s second for PEDs. The first came in 2012 when he tested positive for tamoxifen, which is used to deal with the side effects of steroids. Byrd served a 50-game suspension then. As of now, a second offense brings a suspension of 162 games.

Byrd signed with the Indians in March on a minor league deal and made the team out of spring training. He’s being paid $1 million and had the possibility of another $2.5 million in performance bonuses.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: marlon byrd, peds, suspensions



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