Eric Byrnes May Retire

Eric Byrnes may retire, reports MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.  Said Byrnes three days after being released by the Mariners:

"I think this is the end.  You never say never, but I think this is it. Parts of 11 seasons, man — I gave everything I had to the game. I can look myself in the mirror and know that I gave it my all. I'm proud of that."

Known for his all-out approach, Byrnes would finish with a .258/.320/.439 line across eleven seasons for the Athletics, Rockies, Orioles, Diamondbacks, and Mariners.  His best years were 2004 and '07, the latter season prompting the Diamondbacks to give him a three-year, $30MM extension that runs through this year.


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  1. Guest 5 years ago

    What a “bird”.

  2. Triteon 5 years ago

    He’ll be great in the booth or as a Gruden-like analyst.

  3. lug 5 years ago

    Take your money and run, he will enjoy spending it I know I would.

  4. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    All those phony circus catches gone to waste, Eric. It’s a pity that Ringling Bros. doesn’t have a baseball league for ya….

  5. aap212 5 years ago

    I hope he keeps playing for a while. Not that any team would be smart to employ him, but his reckless enthusiasm is more tolerable on the field than in front of a microphone.

  6. I think that people should remember that Byrnes was actually pretty damn good for a while there.

    He was a plus defensive outfielder that flashed good power (.181 career ISO) and speed (50 steals in 2007, 25 in 2006). During his prime he had three seasons of 3+ fWAR where he put everything together. He could’ve stood to get on base more and improve his plate discipline, but for a good amount of time he was an awfully useful player.

  7. jaimetown 5 years ago

    riding his bicycle off into the sunset i see.

  8. I read on yahoo today that Byrnes is playing softball in some small league…lol but hes getting paid like a major league baseball player.

  9. mjr17 5 years ago

    I will remember Eric Byrnes for unnecessary diving/flipping(when throwing). He tried to hard to show everyone he was giving it all he got.

    • jm27 5 years ago

      It’s a shame if this is true, I thought he had several more years ahead of him someone has to have some use out of his defense / speed if hes still not hitting after one last chance in the bigs…

  10. Jake Lunemann 5 years ago

    I hope he keeps playing somewhere just so he doesn’t have time for that horrible tv show that Fox Sports gave him. I know it was canceled but someone will pick him up to be an analyst even though he has proven over and over to be a horrible person to listen to.

  11. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    I hear THAT (and it ain’t just him)!!

  12. aap212 5 years ago

    Grow up. He was a fourth outfielder, then moved to the easier league and the smallest ballpark he’s ever played in, so he put up two career years in his 30-31 seasons. Then since he was a so-so player who threw his body around, his 30s hit him like a ton of bricks. His career path would make absolute sense without juice being involved.

  13. C’mon now…he was a good 4th outfielder who got paid like a 1st outfielder. Very solid career.

  14. He was a solidly above average everyday outfielder for four seasons, four poor seasons split between being an everyday player and a fourth outfielder, and a few seasons where he got a cup of coffee.

    Plus, he’s a really damn wealthy man right now. There are a lot of players who would kill to have success for as long as Byrnes did. No reason to bash a guy who clearly gave it his all, and was actually pretty productive for a while there. Unless you want to be a douchebag, of course.

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