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Daniel Bard is still a mess

Jun 6, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

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Daniel Bard signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers after being let go by the Red Sox and Cubs last season, and the once-dominant reliever made his season debut yesterday at Single-A.

It did not go well. Bard faced four batters, plunking three of them and walking the other.

Bard had a combined 2.88 ERA with 213 strikeouts in 197 innings through his first three seasons with the Red Sox, including an excellent year as recently as 2011, but now he’s 29 years old and completely lost thanks to extreme control problems.

Last season in the minors he walked 27 batters and uncorked 11 wild pitches in 15 innings and things seem to be getting even worse. How sad.

  1. Conner012367 - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    rangers have him? no further comment

  2. kappy32 - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Sad. Very sad. It reminds me of the issues Chuck Knaublock & Mackey Sasser had when they lost it mentally to the point where they couldn’t throw the ball to first & back to the pitcher, respectively. Bard was fun to watch when he was dealing, and it’s sad that he lost it all.

  3. theskinsman - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    I find it hard to imagine that the best shrinks and coaches can’t fix a guy with the stuff he once had. Sad.

  4. paint771 - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Meanwhile, Ricky Romero – the Blue Jays #1 starter during Bard’s period with the Sox – is in AAA for the second year in a row going 0-3 with a 5.5 ERA with 42 walks and 37 hits in 37 innings of work.

  5. themuddychicken - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Oh, my God.

    I haz a sad 😦

  6. sleepyirv - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    How many times did he hit the bull?

  7. beefytrout - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Saw Bard in Spring Training this year. Dude could not have been more approachable. He signed for at least 45 minutes, standing in the heat, and never looked annoyed with it. Hope he turns it around.

  8. carpi2 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Reminds me of Dontrelle Willis, who once was the best young pitcher in the league. He then fell off a cliff, and never returned.

  9. wilmyers09 - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    You know its sad when a team is so desperate that they have to sign wait for it this guy

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