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Marlon Byrd

A photo of Marlon Byrd batting.

Marlon Jerrard Byrd (born August 30, 1977, in Boynton Beach, Florida) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Chicago Cubs. He has also played on the Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers.

BiographyEdit

High school careerEdit

Byrd is a 1995 graduate of Sprayberry High School (Marietta, Georgia), and won All-State honors in baseball and football.

He played on the 1993 State Runner up team as a sophomore, and was part of the 1995 State Championship team.

College careerEdit

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. 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. [1]

Major league careerEdit

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

Once he reached the big leagues in 2003, Byrd had an outstanding season. 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. In 2004, he did not keep his high level performance and was eventually traded to the Washington Nationals.

Washington NationalsEdit

Byrd was traded to the Washington Nationals in 2005 for Endy Chavez. On July 15, 2006, Byrd was designated for assignment and assigned to Washington's Triple-A affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Texas RangersEdit

Byrd was signed as a free agent by the Rangers on December 8, 2006, to compete for the starting position in center field. [2] After failing to make the Rangers' major league roster out of spring training, Byrd was assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks. Byrd's contract was purchased on May 26, 2007, following injuries to outfielders Brad Wilkerson and Jerry Hairston, Jr. [1] Making the most of his call-up by hitting over .400 for the month of June,[2] Byrd played his way into the line-up, allowing the Rangers to trade center fielder Kenny Lofton prior to the trading deadline. On August 4, 2008, he hit a walk-off grand slam to help the Rangers beat the Yankees 9–5.

Byrd had a career season in 2009, hitting 20 home runs and collecting 89 RBIs.

Following the 2009 season, Byrd filed for free agency, declining the Rangers' offer of salary arbitration.[3]

Chicago CubsEdit

On December 31, 2009, Byrd signed a three year, $15 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.[4] Byrd is having his best season so far for the Cubs, being 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 the Braves' Brian McCann. In the ninth inning, while playing right field, Byrd made an outstanding play, forcing David Ortiz at second after fielding what normally would have been a base hit.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sullivan, T.R. (2007-05-30). Notes: Byrd trying hard to stay. mlb.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-13.
  2. Davison, Drew (2007-06-23). Notes: Byrd credits hitting coach. mlb.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-13.
  3. Sullivan, T.R. Byrd, Rodriguez decline arbitration, MLB.com. Published December 7, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  4. Cubs, Outfielder Marlon Byrd Agree to Three-Year Contract

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