Eric James Byrnes (born February 16, 1976, in Redwood City, California), is a Major League Baseball outfielder who currently plays for the Seattle Mariners. He has also played for the Oakland Athletics, the Colorado Rockies, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Byrnes is considered a player who relies on his speed and hustle. He can hit for power, but tends to be a, "free-swinger," and goes through hitting droughts. He was ranked in the top-three for best defensive left fielders in John Dewan's publication, Fielding Bible.
Byrnes' high school career was spent in the Western Catholic Athletic League, where he played for St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California. After graduating in 1994, he was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers but elected to go to college at the University of California at Los Angeles.