Free agent pitcher Tim Byrdak writes hilarious open letter to MLB general managers

Tim-Byrdak-BowlingThe New York Mets are scheduled to hold their first full-squad workout of spring training this coming Friday. Pitchers and catchers, however, were due to report last Saturday.

Veteran relief pitcher Tim Byrdak, who spent the past three years with the Mets, isn’t among those at the club’s facilities in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Shoulder surgery limited Byrdak to just eight appearances in 2013 and the 40-year old is now without a team as Major League Baseball’s opening day nears.

Like many of us, Byrdak has been keeping an eye on the Olympics. He’s even been practicing the one-man luge. But the one-time member of the Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and Houston Astros still has ambitions of making a major league roster for upcoming season. With that in mind Byrdak put pen to paper.

If Tim Byrdak does receive an invite from a team to spring training we can only hope for another moment similar to this.
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Mets reliever Tim Byrdak is an unbelievable bowler

Relief pitchers often have trouble finding consistency in their careers. They typically sign a one or two-year deal with a team and bounce around numerous times. The Mets are the fifth team reliever Tim Byrdak has played for in his ten-year career. The good news for Byrdak is if he gets tired of bouncing around the MLB, he can always become a professional bowler.

According to the NY Daily News, Byrdak nearly bowled a perfect score at a team bonding event on Sunday night.

Byrdak matched a personal best by rolling a 279 in his third game of the night, throwing eight straight strikes before settling for a spare in the ninth frame and then finishing with three more strikes. Toward the end of Byrdak’s final game, other Mets crowded around his lane to cheer him on, according to a team spokesman.

Afterward, Byrdak said, “Next offseason, I’m thinking about trying out for the Professional Bowlers Association tour,” the spokesman said.

Between the second and third game, Byrdak threw 14 consecutive strikes. He finished Game 2 with a score of 238.

Where has this Byrdak guy been hiding? Based on what we’ve learned and seen over the past week, he may be one of the most interesting men in baseball. First he pulls off the Hulk Hogan impersonation to perfection at Mets training camp, and now he happens to be a phenomenal bowler. Considering the current state of the Mets, Byrdak’s should be the most sought-after autograph on New York’s other team.

Mets reliever Tim Byrdak dresses in full Hulk Hogan attire at spring training (Video)

Sometimes the best part about spring training isn’t seeing if the players are ready for the upcoming season or checking out some of the new talent on your team. As Mets reliever Tim Byrdak reminded us on Tuesday, watching guys goof around and play pranks on one another can be equally if not more entertaining. As you can see, Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com was closing out his daily update video for SNY when Byrdak — dressed in classic Hulk Hogan attire — could be seen marching toward the camera in the distance. Sometimes people can crash and burn with the whole Hulkamania impersonation bit, but if you ask me Byrdak executed it about as well as possible.

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