Dan Haren Is Not Amused By Marlon Byrd’s Second PED Suspension
Marlon Byrd was suspended for performance enhancing drugs today for the second time in his career on Wednesday. In 2012, he was suspended 50 games. He promised that he messed up and it will never happen again. He made a mistake thanks to taking a substance his physician recommended. But ultimately it was on him and he declined to appeal the suspension. Today, he was suspended for a completely different drug, but naturally he had no idea what he was putting into his body. The latest suspension will cost Byrd the next 162 games. Here is his statement from today:
"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."
Since that original suspension, Byrd has made $16.7 million. In total for his career, Byrd has amassed over $38 million in career earnings. Two suspensions to make close to $40 million. Kind of seems worth it doesn't it? Oh and by the way that excuse of "not knowing what he was taking"? Yeah, ESPN's TJ Quinn doesn't buy it.
Ipamorelin is not a drug someone is likely to stumble into by accident. This is what a knowledgable user would use.
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) June 1, 2016
We've documented in the past how pissed off performance enhancing drugs has made certain players, with Justin Verlander being the prime example. Upon hearing about Byrd's suspension, former pitcher Dan Haren chimed in.
@Ken_Rosenthal can I get back all the home runs he hit off me please? Thanks
— dan haren (@ithrow88) June 1, 2016
At first we thought it was a bit of joking from Haren. Ken Rosenthal filled us in on just how successful Byrd was in his career against Haren.
Byrd lifetime off Haren: 15-for-36, 4 HRs, 10 extra-base hits, .944 SLG. https://t.co/JxYmNx2usc
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 1, 2016
It seems like Haren isn't buying Byrd's excuse either. He doubled down on his critique.
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
It's nice to see clean players getting angry at those who cheat the sport. But these players need to stop telling us that they had no idea what they were taking. It's why we will always respect Andy Pettitte's response to taking HGH. It was something along the lines of,
"Yeah, I took them to help my team and get back from injury. My bad."
Seriously, how much more respect would you have for Marlon Byrd if instead of a lawyer like statement, he said something like,
"Honestly, I couldn't keep up anymore. I needed to take performance enhancing drugs to stay in baseball and continue to provide for my family. Although I do have some regrets, performance enhancing drugs has made me millions of dollars. I accept my punishment and look forward to getting back on the field with my teammates. And no I can't promise I won't take the performance enhancing drugs again."
If nothing else, at least it would be the truth.
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