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Eric Byrnes: Hall of Fame player from ’70s and ’80s used steroids

Eric ByrnesFormer MLB outfielder Eric Byrnes decried steroid use and lobbied for harsher penalties for drug cheaters in an essay written on his website. He also says a prominent Hall of Fame baseball player from the 1970s and ’80s used steroids.

Byrnes, who played in the bigs from 2000-2010, wrote the following on his site:

Disturbingly, not long ago I was having dinner with a former long time Major League player that spoke about the steroid use of a prominent Hall of Famer that played the majority of his career in the 70′s and 80′s… Ha! Not like I was shocked but damn… So many members of the Hall of Fame, including this character, have recently spoken out and condemned guys who have had ties to performance enhancing drugs, saying there is no place for “cheaters” in the HOF… I just wonder how many of the other guys in the “Hall” were actually cheaters themselves?

This is not the first time we have heard that there is a steroid user in the Hall of Fame; Jose Canseco has said there is a steroids user already in the Hall.

The Baseball Hall of Fame has very specific rules against cheating and considers a player’s character as part of the criteria for admission. No players were elected to the Hall this year because the most accomplished players up for eligibility all had ties to steroids. Most of the sanctity of Cooperstown would be eliminated if it turned out that they had already elected a cheater.

In addition to his revelation about the Hall of Famer who used PEDs, Byrnes explained why he wants harsher penalties for current users who get busted.

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Eric Byrnes Still Knows How to Wait Back on the Offspeed

Eric Byrnes was released by the Seattle Mariners a week and a half ago after a bad series of events. To start, Byrnes was batting .094 with three hits in 32 at-bats. Matters grew worse when Byrnes pulled back on a squeeze play hanging his runner out to dry at the plate, and he compounded the mistake by taking a called third strike later in the at-bat. That took place two days prior to his release by Seattle, who had picked him up after the D-Backs dropped him in the offseason. Needless to say things weren’t working out for Byrnes and he figured he was done with baseball after his release. Byrnes also indicated he would start playing slow pitch softball for the team “Dutch Goose” in Menlo Park, California. Well Byrnesie was not messing around and he actually made his debut for Dutch Goose. Luckily for us, Pro Rumors was there to cover it. Here’s the Eric Byrnes softball video for Dutch Goose via Pro Rumors and Deadspin:

Byrnesie went 2-for-3 in the game with a pair of home runs, leading Dutch Goose to a 5-2 win over Vintage Construction. Yes, those are totally beer league softball names and Byrnes seems to be right at home. For the rest of the recap plus more photos, check out Pro Rumors.

Sources:
Exclusive VIDEO: Eric Byrnes first softball hit for Dutch Goose [Pro Rumors]
Eric Byrnes Was Released Into His Natural Habitat [Deadspin]

Byrnes Is Bringing Back the Porn Stache

There was a nice little addition to Eric Byrnes’ face the first month of the year — perhaps it was a good luck charm. Byrnsie decided to grow out his ‘stache during his 14-game hitting streak which ended on Sunday. Though the hitting streak came to an end, the ‘stache will apparently live on strong.

“It’ll be back; you guys have not seen the last of the ‘stache,” he said. ‘I’m going with the ‘stache all year. I will have a 1970s porn ‘stache the entire year.”

Apparently it’s not just Byrnsie who’s going with the stache look — the Milwaukee Brewers had it going Monday when I was watching their game. Jason Kendall was rocking a mean one, Carlos Villanueva’s looked money, Ryan Braun’s needed some growth, but Prince Fielder’s was looking strong. Matter of fact, Prince had the mutton chops going, too — he looked tight. Though mustaches were such a great part of the game’s past, I think they should only be reserved for times of need these days. May the ‘stache live on strong with you Byrnsie, Brewers.

(photo courtesy Ump Bump screen cap)