Craig Calcaterra

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Report: Marlon Byrd tested positive for PEDs, faces a 162-game suspension

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Vince Grzegorek of Cleveland Scene reports that Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and faces a 162-game suspension. This has not yet been confirmed by Major League Baseball, but it is expected to be soon.

The suspension would be Byrd’s second for PEDs. The first came in 2012 when he tested positive for tamoxifen, which is used to deal with the side effects of steroids. Byrd served a 50-game suspension then. As of now, a second offense brings a suspension of 162 games.

Byrd signed with the Indians in March on a minor league deal and made the team out of spring training. He’s being paid $1 million and had the possibility of another $2.5 million in performance bonuses. Though he turns 39 in August, he’s been productive this year, hitting .270/.326/.452 with five homers and 19 driven in while playing the corners in the Indians’ injury-riddled outfield. Now, if this report is confirmed, it will be an even thinner squad.

As for Byrd, he didn’t have a job until late March this season, despite the fact that he was coming off of a 23-homer year in 2015, and then he could only land the minor league deal at that. It’s hard to imagine him latching on anywhere after a year-long suspension at age 39. As such this may be, for all intents and purposes, a career-ending suspension for the 15-year MLB veteran.

The Indians are getting rid of their cream-colored jerseys. This is an outrage.

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Personally, I think the alternate uniforms the Indians introduced in 2008 — the cream numbers with the red-block “Indians” on the front and the navy, block-C cap” were among the best-looking uniforms in baseball. If they took Chief Wahoo off the sleeve they’d be even better, but they were still the best the Indians ever looked.

In the past couple of years they messed the look up a bit by going with a red cap instead of the navy cap at home, so the shine was off a bit. Still, a good look, only a cap’s change away from greatness. Now, however, they are getting rid of the cream uniforms all together. You can read about it over at Let’s Go Tribe. They’re happy about the change, by the way, because some people just don’t have great taste like I do.

The Indians will keep their softball-looking blue jerseys with either white or gray pants because, hey, who doesn’t want to look bad as much as possible? They’ll also keep their regular script “Indians” home whites because who doesn’t love the 90s? They’ll also keep Wahoo on as many sleeves and caps as possible, because nothing beats slapping racist caricatures on as many surfaces as one can find.

But the classy-lookin’ duds are right out.

Anibal Sanchez could lose his spot in the Tigers rotation

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Last night, after the Tigers dispiriting loss to the Angels, manager Brad Ausmus suggested that Anibal Sanchez could lose his rotation spot.

The Tigers mounted a pretty good comeback before falling on a C.J. Cron walkoff home run. But the reason they needed to come back was because Sanchez gave up six runs on eight hits in three innings. Ausmus said afterward “We’re going to have to make an adjustment with Sanchy . . . Something’s gotta be done, because we need better starts than that.”

Sanchez has a 6.67 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 56 and two-thirds innings this season. The 2013 American League ERA champ has declined for three years running while battling injuries. Shane Greene, currently in Toledo, could be a possibility to replace him.