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Daniel Bard is getting worse

May 16, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Daniel Bard has been a mess at Double-A this season and may have reached rock bottom last night, as the once-dominant Red Sox reliever walked five and uncorked two wild pitches in one inning of work.

Just eight of his 30 total pitches were strikes and Bard has now walked 17 batters in 12.2 innings at Double-A overall this season, including 13 walks in 3.2 innings since returning after a brief call-up to the Red Sox.

Bard was one of the best relievers in baseball from 2009-2011, throwing 197 innings with a 2.88 ERA, but his attempted transition to the rotation went horribly and he’s been a disaster ever since. At this point he’s basically in Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel/Mark Wohlers territory.

  1. flamethrower101 - May 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    If he still throws heat, maybe he can convert to an outfielder. If Rick Ankiel can do it who says Bare can’t?

    • stlouis1baseball - May 16, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      If he can hit (even a little)…it might be worth a try.
      With Ankiel…the dude is an athlete. He could always hit…even when he was pitching.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - May 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Seriously, this is a shame.

  3. randygnyc - May 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    All kidding aside, this has to be psychological, heh? I never liked him and rooted against him because I was afraid of him. Real talk.

  4. vallewho - May 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    time for a new organization

  5. mpilatzke - May 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    And the damage from Bobby V continues. The man is a serious one man wrecking crew.

    • cubfan531 - May 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      I’m fairly confident the rotation move was Ben Cherington’s and not Bobby V’s.

      And I’m no Bobby V fan.

      • 18thstreet - May 16, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Prefer to blame Bobby.

      • cubfan531 - May 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        And most Cubs fans prefer to blame a goat instead of poor ownership and management for our World Series drought.

        It’s easy, but it’s not really correct.

  6. deathmonkey41 - May 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Give that man some Domincan milkshakes!

  7. bigleagues - May 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    He should probably take a break, kick back and watch “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”.

    Just sayin.

  8. wilkisoft - May 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I remember when Red Sox fans couldn’t wait to push Papelbon out the door in favor of Bard.

    • djpostl - May 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      They threw Paps under the bus so damn fast thinking they had the “next dominant reliever” lol.

      Priceless watching it play out this way because of that.

    • redsoxu571 - May 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Boy, it’s amazing how being a hater of a team can make you blind and stupid.
      No Boston fan was dying to see Papelbon go…but we knew he was gone, given that he had been talking about his FA plans for years. It helped that Boston figured to have an in-house replacement, but that didn’t add to anyone “wanting” Papelbon to leave.

      Papelbon got 4 years/$50M (plus an extra $13M option that likely will automatically vest, making it 5 years/$63M). He was universally viewed as a very good closer, and his new contract was almost universally viewed as excessive, too much for any closer outside of a Rivera.

      It’s also easy to forget that Boston got TWO compensation picks for Papelbon…the last compensation picks received under the old CBA, which was much more generous with them than under the new CBA. When fools like to say that Boston made a mistake letting players such as Papelbon and Adrian Beltre go, they like to overlook this vital element (as Theo Epstein how his comp picks worked out after the 2004 season).

      Papelbon has essentially had a “poor man’s Mariano Rivera” start to his career (fairly steady and excellent year to year, dominant playoff performer and record setter)…there are few things I enjoyed more than seeing him exit the bullpen to the sound of “Shipping Up To Boston”. You trolls need to get your facts straight…even though I’m sure you have no interest in doing that.

  9. hojo20 - May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I have Mark Wohlers autograph on a baseball with Maddux, Glavine & Smoltz’s. Anyone have wite-out that works on baseballs?

    • vallewho - May 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      mine had Steve Avery in the foursome.

      • redsoxu571 - May 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        That’s the 1993 special! No shame in having Avery on there, he was darn good to start his career…

  10. kevinbnyc - May 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Let’s not leave Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams off the list of relievers who completely lost it.

  11. jatremblay - May 16, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    [bleeping] Bobby Valentine

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