FanPost

Byrnes

Is it just my misimpression or is the majority of AN down on Eric Byrnes? I've always thought he's been overvalued and have found it hard to forgive him for not touching the plate, a play that seemed completely in keeping with his erratic character. And yet this year I'm growing to see his value to the team much more.

The A's have finally seemed to realize that Eric isn't a full-time player; he's a reserve outfielder who mashes lefties, can play left and center (yes, with glove perpetually shaking and, yes, with the ball never quite finding the webbing), and can even pinch run. He's a good presence, full of real energy, willing to crash into or go through a wall for the team.

This kind of player has real value on a 25-man roster. And Byrnes has shown this value during the streak. He hit Buehrle both times, lacing a double on Saturday. The White Sox were avoiding him by the end of the series; they pulled pitchers for him and Kielty. He mashed a home run against Chacin (who was really on that night), and if you're like me, with Harden on the hill you thought that was the ballgame. And against the Giants in the Saturday game of the series here he made two signature catches (read: not as spectacular as they seem, but still pretty damn good).

I'm not so high on trading him as I once was. I think he fills his role well. And I think the role has a place in our success.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Athletics Nation

You must be a member of Athletics Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Athletics Nation. You should read them.

Join Athletics Nation

You must be a member of Athletics Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Athletics Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker