Byrd over Beltran? Yes, please
I absolutely love Marlon Byrd, for what he brought to the Pirates in September. He impacted the team on so many levels in so short a time, it was easy to develop an instant appreciation of him. On the field, in the batter’s box, in the club house — the Byrd man was the man.
But I’m going to give you another reason — one that will blow you away — for digging what this guy brings and for hoping the Bucs can re-sign him.
Check out these two sets of 2013 numbers for a pair of free-agent outfielders, both of whom will be entering their age-36 seasons in 2014:
- 24 homers and 88 RBIs in 145 games and 554 at-bats, with a .296 average and an OPS of .830.
- 24 homers and 88 RBIs in 147 games and 532 at-bats, with a .291 average and an OPS of .847.