5 Reasons Why Marlon Byrd Will Fail With Philadelphia Phillies

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5 Reasons Why Marlon Byrd Will Fail With Philadelphia Phillies

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After the respectable season that Marlon Byrd put up in 2013 there are tons of reasons to believe he could hit the field in 2014 and be a huge leader for the Philadelphia Phillies. It has also been suggested that the Phillies choosing Byrd just continues their favorite trend of getting older and older. After all Byrd did have a good 2013 but he is in his mid-30’s already which would make him one of the older available free agent outfielders this offseason.

Considering the Chase Utley extension it makes perfect sense that the cash-strapped Phillies would think Byrd is their saving grace. While that very well could happen it is most definitely the best case scenario. There are a lot more possible outcomes that lead in the other, more disappointing direction. Any good that Byrd does will likely be for naught anyway as the Phillies have yet to get enough done to compete with the top teams in the N.L. East.

As far as Byrd is concerned, perhaps you disagree? He did have a good 2013 and if he did that again it would be a big plus for a not-so-good team. Can he do the same thing once again though? Could he do even more? I think the truth of the matter is that Byrd will fall somewhere short of where the Phillies want him to be. That would make him a failure to their expectations at the very least. Feel free to leave a comment if you agree or disagree.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – History

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As good as 2013 was, the last 20 home run / 80 RBI season prior to that was 2009. That marks the only other time in his career that he hit those offensive marks. For the Phillies to expect that of him this season is somewhat extra-hopeful.

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4 – Shortened Seasons

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It is very difficult to be a team leader when you aren’t on the field. Byrd has only played over 140 games three times in his entire career. Injuries or other factors have kept him from staying on the field all season long which hurts his offensive contribution as well.

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3 – Losing Team

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Byrd really seemed to come alive with the bat when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He seemed to thrive in the playoff atmosphere that came along with that change. To assume he will get a playoff atmosphere in Philadelphia is kind of humorous this season. Chances are the losing team the Phillies will probably be will have the reverse effect on him.

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2 – Pressure to Match 2013

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Byrd is sure to be gunning to prove he can go out and earn his new contract by putting up just as good of numbers in 2014 as he did in 2013. The pressure that he will put on himself is not something that will likely lead to a more productive season.

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1 – Pressure to Earn Draft Team’s Respect

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Byrd likely chose the Phillies for at least one reason in particular and that is that he was originally drafted by the Phillies. The future looked a little brighter for him back then compared to how it all turned out. Though he is and has been a fine major leaguer in his own right, he is bound to try and earn the respect of the team that drafted him which could lead to him pressing instead of relaxing and focusing at the plate.

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  • Rick Lodge

    It depends…Byrd may be effective depending where in the lineup he is and how the bats around him are doing!

    • David Miller Rant

      It have to agree actually. I don’t think he is a good long-term solution there but he very well could continue what he started last year; especially if he is supported by surrounding bats. Thanks for your comment!