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Byrd intends to sit out first half of season

By jcfortun Published: January 14, 2009

Former Indians pitcher Paul Byrd is taking the Roger Clemens approach to semiretirement: sit out half a season and try to sign with a contender midway through, Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com reported.

Rosenthal writes:

He doesn't want to spend another full season away from his wife, Kym, and sons Grayson, 12, and Colby, 11.

But he also doesn't want to say farewell to a sport that he has played competitively since 1976.

"The word 'retire' when you're 38 just doesn't make sense. I hate even using that word," Byrd says. "But how much longer can it keep being all about me?"

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