As reported by ESPN, Major League Baseball handed down a 162-game suspension (full season) to Cleveland Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd on Wednesday for his positive test of the banned performance-enhancing substance, secretagogue Ipamorelin. Byrd’s suspension will be effective immediately and without pay, and he reportedly will not file for any type of appeal.
Marlon Byrd once was quoted saying “you have to be an idiot to test positive for PEDs”. He’s tested positive twice.
— Baseball Fam (@ShtBallPlayrsDo) June 2, 2016
This is not Marlon Byrd’s first run-in with PED’s, as he was suspended 50 games back in 2012 upon his release from the Boston Red Sox after testing positive for Tamoxifen. Byrd was eventually scooped up by the New York Mets the following season and forced to serve the remainder of his suspension. Like every other MLB player who gets popped for steroids in today’s day and age, Byrd is going with the whole “I didn’t know what I was putting in my body was illegal” story, as he released this statement to the media following the news of his suspension.
“Since that time, I have paid close attention to the substances that are banned by the Joint Drug Agreement, as I had no intention of taking any banned substances. I relied upon a medical professional for assistance and advice with respect to the supplements that I was taking. However, certain supplements I was taking were not on the NSF Certified for Sport list, and therefore, I assumed certain risks in taking them.
“When I learned that I had tested positive for Ipamorelin, I retained the services of private counsel and an independent chemist to determine the origin of the Ipamorelin test result because I never knowingly ingested Ipamorelin. After an extensive investigation by my lawyers and an independent chemist, it was concluded that the most likely source of Ipamorelin was a tainted supplement.
“I alone am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore, I have decided for forgo my right to an appeal in this matter and accept the suspension. I apologize for any harm this has caused the Cleveland Indians, Indians’ fans, my teammates, and most importantly, my family.”
Indians manager Terry Francona said that Byrd has already told his teammates that this is likely it for his career when he addressed them on Wednesday.
“Marlon stood up in front of everybody and took responsibility and apologized. And, basically, he told the guys that his career is over and this is not how he wanted it to end. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of criticism of the situation, but it doesn’t take away that we care about him. We care about our team, but we also care about the individuals. So, that hurts. It feels like we got kicked in the stomach a little bit.”
Retired MLB pitchers, Dan Haren, and Jeremy Guthrie, took to social media on Wednesday and Thursday to allow their opinions to be shared on Marlon Byrd’s suspension. Retired outfielder Tori Hunter and ESPN Baseball Analyst and former Oakland A’s pitcher, Dallas Braden, also chimed in.
@Ken_Rosenthal can I get back all the home runs he hit off me please? Thanks
— dan haren (@ithrow88) June 1, 2016
Also last year magically returned from a broken wrist in 16 days, at age 38. Proceeded to homer off me that day. https://t.co/7ubQOpskCk
— dan haren (@ithrow88) June 1, 2016
— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) June 1, 2016
— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) June 1, 2016
Full me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Marlon Byrd can claim all he wants that he unknowingly took steroids as part of a medication he was advised to take following surgery, blah, blah, blah. When it comes to the list of current or former MLB players who hold ANY credibility pertaining to whether or not they used PED’s, Marlon Byrd’s name is nowhere to be found. Instead, he is on the list of shame alongside Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmiero, and Ryan Braun. It’s always funny when a professional athlete tests positive for a banned substance and claims that they had no idea what they were putting in their body, especially when said athlete has an entire medical staff and personal doctor guiding them with everything that goes in and out of their body. It’s just absolutely impossible for something illegal to enter your body without you or the team trainer/doctor knowing, Marlon.
At least, Marlon Byrd has decided to go out peacefully. The last thing anybody wants is for him to fight back with an appeal and make this situation even more painful for the game of baseball than it already is.