Event will take place at The Historic Fort
Former Major League baseball player and current network analyst Eric Byrnes will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual Triple Play Dinner and Auction sponsored by the Taft College Baseball Club.
The event will be held Jan. 27 at The Historic Fort. Tickets at $60 per person are available at the TC athletics office in the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center. Table sponsorships are $500.
Byrnes played big league ball for 11 seasons. An outfielder, he began his MLB career with the Oakland A’s in 2000, highlighted when he hit .462 against the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 American League Division Series.
In 2005 Byrnes spent time with the Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles before finishing his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2006-09). He hit 21 homers, scored 103 runs and stole 50 bases for the National League West champions in 2007.
He finished his MLB career with the Seattle Mariners, retiring after the 2010 season.
Byrnes didn’t exactly go out to pasture after he hung up his glove and spikes, though.
He became a studio analyst for the MLB Network, rapidly becoming one of the network’s most popular personalities. He’s also appeared on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, MLB on Fox, Fox Sports Arizona, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, MLB Home Plate on Sirius satellite radio, the PAC-12 Network and KNBR 680 in San Francisco.
In addition to all that on-air work, Byrne’s become such an accomplished endurance runner and triathlete that he was the focus of the critically acclaimed Vimeo documentary “Diamond to the Rough,” chronicling his performance in the 2016 Western States 100-mile endurance run from Squaw Valley to Auburn.
Runners endured an 18,000-foot climb and 23,000-foot descent through rugged terrain and temperatures ranging from 40 to more than 100 degrees.
The documentary will be shown before Byrnes talks about the run and his MLB and broadcasting careers.
The event will include both silent and live auctions for sports memorabilia.
For more information call the TC athletics office at 763-7829 or 763-7822.