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The Mariners release Eric Byrnes

May 3, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

Eric Byrnes 2.jpgThe Seattle Mariners released outfielder Eric Byrnes after yesterday’s game against the Rangers. Partially due to ineffectiveness, partially due to plain old weirdness.

The ineffectiveness: Byrnes was three for 32 on the season.

The weirdness: the play on Friday night in which he pulled his bat back on a suicide squeeze, causing Ichiro to get nailed at the plate in the Mariners’ 2-0 loss. He bolted the clubhouse on his bicycle mere minutes after that game, avoiding the media and his general manager, Jack Zduriencik. Also the fact that he didn’t take the bat off his shoulder for three straight pitches with the bases loaded in the
fourth inning yesterday. He’s basically been like Richie Tenenbaum at the U.S. Nationals out there.

I have to guess that the weirdness is why he was released. I mean really, the Mariners are putting up with near-zero in terms of contributions from Ken Griffey and Mike Sweeney, so it’s not like they have an official requirement that their DHs and backup outfielders actually be able to hit or anything. 

But if you’re gonna be useless at the plate, you had better be a good citizen and at least look like you’re trying out there.

  1. Nasty Boy - May 3, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    He always seemed a little different . I have an idea , maybe he’d fit in with the Blosux . God knows they need something .

  2. Old Gator - May 3, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    He could find the anonymity he craves on the Pirates’ bench. Not that he wouldn’t be noticed; it’s just that no one of any significance would notice him.
    But he sure won’t find any Cow Chip Cookies in Peettsburgh. Pity.

  3. Mr. Furious - May 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    The Yankees might be a fit, with Granderson out a month. The idea of Winn or Thames starting regularly in left gives me the agita. Worst case scenario, he continues to suck and they bring up Golson or Huffman. Girardi runs a tight ship, and maybe he just needs that to be properly motivated.

  4. funi - May 3, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    This guy is a complete moron and shows not a team player! He was a loser in AZ when he got paid and must be waiting for a baseball analyst job to come open.

  5. APBA Guy - May 3, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Time to rise to the defense of another Bay Area product (Woodside, Half Moon Bay). Although in this case the defense will be mild. ANd inferential.
    Byrnes played like a man possessed when he was with the A’s and before getting his big contract at AZ. He reminded me of Rusty Greer in that respect. And like Rusty, one day he was a valuable contributor, then the cumulative effect of all those injuries and playing hurt took away any value.
    That doesn’t explain blowing the suicide squeeze or not taking 3 strikes with bases loaded, but when all you really had to begin with was otherworldly hustle, when that’s gone, what’s left?

  6. NitPick - May 3, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    @MrFurious FYI i’s not “agita.” It’s acido – meaning acid in Italian, or more precisely in the context, idiomatically “acid reflux”

  7. Michael - May 4, 2010 at 3:42 AM

    Swear to God, I’ve NEVER seen Ichiro actually discernably angry before – but you could see it in his face after Byrnes hung him out to dry on that squeeze.
    One down, one Sweeney to go…oops, did I say that out loud?

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