Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 4/5/13
John Buck and Marlon Byrd both had years to forget in 2012. Given their age – and a cynic might note, the fact that they both wound up on the Mets – things did not figure to improve all that much in 2013. After all, it’s hard to play baseball with a giant fork sticking out of your back. But a funny thing happened as both players turned in very impressive Grapefruit League performances. Buck put up a .342/.468/.579 line with 2 HR and 8 RBIs while Byrd notched a .357/..393/.571 line with 10 R and 7 RBIs. Keep in mind that Buck had a career-low .644 OPS in 2012 and that Byrd was even worse with a .488 OPS. It was the third straight season Byrd’s OPS took a tumble as he went from an .808 mark in 2009 to a .775 mark the following season to a .719 OPS in 2011 before last year’s debacle. Buck is 32, which is getting old for a starting catcher, and Byrd is 35, which means when he fills in the oval on those health forms he colors in the one that says “35-50.” If you go to Las Vegas a...
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