Eric Byrnes is coming out of retirement to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation

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Eric Byrnes hasn’t played in the majors since 2010 and has spent the past several years doing lots of television work, but now the 38-year-old is coming out of retirement. Sort of.

Byrnes will play two games for the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent Pacific Association, on August 5 and 6,  in order to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which helps support veterans and their spouses.

Here’s more from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:

The Pacifics are donating a portion of the ticket sales for both of Byrnes’ appearances to the foundation, and Byrnes has agreed to donate his Pacifics salary. Furthermore, he’ll donate $1,000 for each of his walks, steals and singles, $2,000 for a double; $3,000 for a triple and $10,000 for a homer.  Plus, $500 for every ball he catches.

Good on ya, Byrnes.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.