Marlon Byrd’s baseball story has several chapters and a little bit of everything.
There’s stardom, adversity, heartbreak and triumph. But, the best part about the Marlon Byrd baseball story is this: it’s still got a few chapters left.
And, that’s what brought Byrd to Tucson.
The 35-year-old is searching for redemption. A former all-star for the Chicago Cubs and an 11-year big league veteran with 1,067 career hits, Byrd was suspended in June for 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance.
“I took a wrong supplement and it was the one time I did not check the banned substance list,” Byrd said Saturday at Kino Stadium. “I know that if I ever have a chance to get back to the major leagues, I’ll have to explain myself to managers and general managers and I’m perfectly fine with that.”
But, before he’ll even get that chance, Byrd has to prove he can still play at a high level. For that reason, he signed with Culiacan of the Mexican Pacific League and joined the team in late September.
Read more about Byrd in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.