2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Marlon Byrd

February 8, 2010 by  

Marlon Byrd is a boulder of a man.

That was my first observation, as I watched the new Cubs center fielder take his place along the balcony at the team's 25th annual Cubs Convention. The 6'0", 245-pound veteran outfielder has the physique of a power hitter, where once there was the slender build of a speed-oriented fourth outfielder.

Fueled by his transformed musculature, Byrd bashed a career-high 20 home runs and a career-high 43 doubles in 2009, and comes to Chicago riding three straight seasons with an OPS north of .800.

There is no question that Byrd, 32, has lost a step in center field, and will have to rely on the above-average range of Kosuke Fukudome in rig...

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