The Seattle Mariners have had enough of Eric Byrnes–both on and off the field.
Monday the Mariners made several moves in an apparent attempt to spark a woefully pathetic offense that scored just three runs in 32 innings against the Rangers over the weekend.
The lowlight came on Friday, when Byrnes inexplicably pulled his bat back with Ichiro barreling down the line as the potential winning-run. The failed suicide squeeze baffled everyone, including Rangers manager Ron Washington aka Tyrone Biggums, who was ejected after arguing that Byrnes should have been called for a strike on the play. In reality, Byrnes didn’t actually offer at the pitch–even though it appeared he could have made contact with the ball.
Things got even more puzzling after the game ended.
Byrnes, who apparently lives nearby Safeco Field in downtown Seattle, hopped on his Huffy and biked out of the Mariners clubhouse moments after the game ended, without speaking to his teammates. He passed General Manager Jack Zduriencik in the hallway and kept right on riding.
He was back in the lineup on Sunday, going hitless and striking out looking with the bases loaded. He finished his career with the M’s a dismal 3 for 32.
Byrnes is due $11 million dollars this season, most of which will be paid by his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It will be interesting if any team offers Byrnes a roster spot again this season. Plenty of teams need outfield help, but a overpaid underachieving player like Byrnes probably isn’t the answer.