The former Met and current Cleveland Indian, Marlon Byrd, was suspended 162 games by Major League Baseball for the use of a banned substance.
“I alone am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore, I have decided to forgo my right to an appeal and accept this suspension,” Byrd said on Wednesday.
“I apologize for any harm this has caused the Cleveland Indians, Indians’ fans, my teammates, and most importantly, my family.” (ESPN)
Byrd was also suspended in 2012 for using Tamoxifen when he was a member of the Red Sox. This time he was caught taking Ipamorelin.
Players around the league took to twitter to react to the suspension of Marlon Byrd.
“Marlon Byrd is a joke,” Jeremy Guthrie said. “All you cheaters are a joke. Do it the right way one time, accept your ups & downs.”
Byrd, 38, played in 117 games for the Mets during the 2013 season and was arguably their best all around player. He hit 21 homers with 71 RBIs and scored 61 runs. His slash line with the Mets was .285/.330/.518.
Although it is only speculation, this latest suspension most likely marks the end of Marlon Byrd’s career.