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Eric Byrnes is coming out of retirement to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation

Apr 30, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

Eric Byrnes AP

Eric Byrnes hasn’t played in the majors since 2010 and has spent the past several years doing lots of television work, but now the 38-year-old is coming out of retirement. Sort of.

Byrnes will play two games for the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent Pacific Association, on August 5 and 6,  in order to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which helps support veterans and their spouses.

Here’s more from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:

The Pacifics are donating a portion of the ticket sales for both of Byrnes’ appearances to the foundation, and Byrnes has agreed to donate his Pacifics salary. Furthermore, he’ll donate $1,000 for each of his walks, steals and singles, $2,000 for a double; $3,000 for a triple and $10,000 for a homer.  Plus, $500 for every ball he catches.

Good on ya, Byrnes.

  1. pbastille - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:40 PM


  2. chip56 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Good for Byrnes – I didn’t realize he was such a draw.

    Building on this – I would love to see a charity game between the ESPN announcers and the MLB Network ones.

    Team ESPN would have:
    1b – Kruk
    2b – Alex Cora
    SS – Barry Larkin
    3b – Aaron Boone
    DH – Dave Winfield
    CF – Chris Singleton
    LF – Doug Glanville
    RF – Jose Cruz Jr.
    C – Eric Wedge
    P – Sutcliffe and Schilling

    MLB Network would roll out:
    C – Dave Valle
    1b – Sean Casey
    2b – Harold Reynolds
    SS – Billy Ripkin
    3b – Mike Lowell
    LF – Cliff Floyd
    CF – Darryl Hamilton
    RF – Eric Byrnes
    DH – Kevin Millar

    Pitchers – Leiter, Kaat, Plesac, Mitch Williams

    Who wouldn’t pay to see Mitch Williams pitch to John Kruk?

    • jerze2387 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Mlb network wins due to stellar defense at 2b and a 9th inning hr. Espn never hears the end of it. Either does Brian Kenny

      But I’d pay to see kruk waddle up to the plate also

    • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Unfortunately I think Schill would be out of play. Hoping for a full recovery for him, but there’s been a few pics on Twitter of him and he’s been ravaged by chemo and radiation.

      There’s also a good story between Mitch and Kruk … they were screwing around in spring training and Mitch bounced a throw to Kruk and it broke his cup. Some damage was done and Kruk needed surgery to clean it up, but that’s when his cancer was discovered, thankfully in its early stages.

      • jerze2387 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        2 balls, 1 strike on kruk

    • chiadam - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:16 PM


    • thomas844 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Chris Rose can be the secret weapon in the bullpen lol

  3. wilmyers09 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    chip56 wedge is too old lol he had a stroke last year

    • infieldhit - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Nothing more hilarious than a stroke amiright?

  4. yahmule - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    How much will he donate for each time he falls down while throwing the ball home?

    Just a little ribbing. Good for Byrnesy.

  5. thomas844 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    How about donating $40,000 if he hits a grand slam?

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