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Eric Byrnes is probably going to retire

May 6, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

Softball player Eric Byrnes, who was released by the Mariners on Sunday, says that he may retire. From

“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.”

Byrnes was always a fun player to watch. That is, unless your team was paying him way too much money based on what he did for one playoff push back in 2007.  But based on all of his recent injuries and ineffectiveness, he’s probably being pretty realistic about his future as a player.

He did some stuff for FOX a couple of years ago. You have to figure, therefore, that he’s going to want to get into broadcasting.

  1. Old Gator - May 6, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    I’ve got a better idea. How about getting him together with Bill Lee to do the next season’s Science Fiction Theater?
    Oh, man, did I get a reCaptcha just turgid with Trailer Park Network original miniseries potential! You ready for this? OK: little Berkowitz.
    Might even displace the summer reruns of Dexter. Can we get John Goodman to play Jimmy Breslin?

  2. Matty - May 6, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Dayton Moore won’t let him retire. He’s going to trade Podsednik to make room for Byrnes. It’s almost a given.

  3. IdahoMariner - May 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    if the Royals don’t pick him up, he still has the organic clothing business that he runs with his wife, so he could hawk the clothes while doing some broadcasting…

  4. Luis - May 6, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Byrnes was NOT any good on his XM radio show-I cant see that he would be any better on Fox, but they had Joe Buck so…..

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