Taking a tip from A-Rod hijacking World Series coverage, XM Satellite Radio have shit all over what oughta be a day devoted to honoring AL & NL Rookies Of The Year, Dustin Pedroia and Ryan Braun.

The popular Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes will host a national talk radio show on XM Satellite Radio during Major League Baseball’s off-season, XM announced today.

The weekly, three-hour “Eric Byrnes Show” will premiere this Saturday at 9 am PT/ 12 noon ET exclusively on XM’s baseball talk radio channel MLB Home Plate (XM Channel 175). Byrnes’ show will air Saturdays until spring training.

XM listeners across the country can hear Byrnes talk candidly about baseball and other sports, as well as music, politics, and whatever else pops up his radar each week.

“Eric is a natural behind the microphone, and he’s a fantastic addition to our broadcast team,” said Kevin Straley, XM senior vice president of news, talk, and sports programming. “As a radio host, Eric’s got the passion of a fan and the perspective of a player who goes all-out every time he hits the field.”

Given that XM’s baseball roster already includes ample doses of (ahem) expert commentary from Rob Dibble, Kevin Kennedy and Bill Ripken, Channel 175 is overflowing with opinions from “the perspective of a player who goes all-out”. But who knows, perhaps XM will bring a similar aesthetic to their music programming. Anybody ready for the John Rzeznik Theme Time Radio Hour?