- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
I spent a reserve bench pick on New York Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd in the LABR NL-only auction the first weekend of March, hoping the guy would just make the team. After all, the goal late in a one-league format is often to simply find playing time, and the Mets seemed oddly committed to Byrd, a fellow who was awful for the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox in 2012, hitting .210 with three extra-base hits in 47 games. It wouldn’t have surprised me if Byrd was out of baseball by the All-Star break, but of course I’m quite pleased that his grand slam in San Francisco late Tuesday night was his 14th home run of the season, putting him on pace to obliterate his career mark with 26 blasts at age 35. Makes perfect sense, right?