Marlon Byrd hit his 21st home run of the year on Tuesday, setting a new career high for a season.
He played in just 47 games with the Cubs and Red Sox, and served a 50-game suspension for PEDs, last season.
Byrd leads the Mets with 21 home runs and 70 RBI.
“Hard work pays off,” Byrd said after the game, according to ESPN New York. “Last year, after everything I went through … To sit here now and say I have a career high in homers is just a blessing. The big thing is appreciating the Mets organization for giving me a chance to come here and show what I can do.”
“He was bound and determined to put that behind him and try to move forward,” Terry Collins said. “We brought him to spring training and he’s truly, absolutely saved us. I say every good team has to have a great story and a surprise, and he’s it.”
Michael Baron, Contributor
I have to believe Marlon Byrd is the comeback player of the year in the National League in 2013, but it will be interesting to see if the PED suspension will be held against him this season. He’s been a fantastic and unexpected surprise — and a godsend for this team — since the start of Spring Training. I expect he will come close — and possibly exceed — his career-high of 89 RBI this season, which would be amazing considering where he has come from over the last year.