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Rangers release Daniel Bard after he posted a 175.50 ERA at Single-A

Jun 19, 2014, 12:46 PM EST

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Daniel Bard’s story just keeps getting sadder.

The one-time elite setup man has been trying to make a comeback with the Rangers, pitching for their Single-A team, but his extreme control problems have led to 13 runs allowed while recording a grand total of two outs.

Bard walked or plunked 16 of the 18 total batters he faced, and today the Rangers decided they’d seen enough and released the 29-year-old right-hander and his 175.50 ERA.

Bard was a fantastic setup man for the Red Sox as recently as 2011, but he’s now been released by three teams in six months and has regressed to the point that putting him into a game, even versus Single-A hitters, seems almost cruel. What a shame.

  1. pjmitch - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Seems like the perfect guy for my Mets!

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Paging the Sugarland Skeeters. A Mr. Bard is on the line.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I honestly never thought an ERA could get so high!

  4. drewzducks - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Clearly someone has misplaced the decimal point.

    • rossjcook - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Not sure if you’re using the sarcasm that’s all the rage these days or not, but I looked at that ERA and went “Nooo….no way…” Yeah. Yeah it is. 13 over 2/3 inning multiplied by 9 innings is a number so large as to be imaginary in terms of straight ERA.

    • nbjays - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Nope… do the math… 13 runs in 2/3 of an inning times 9 innings

      13 x (9 ÷ .667) = 175.5

      Or more simply put.. 1 earned run in 2/3 of an inning equals an ERA of 13.50… now multiply that by 13.

      • drewzducks - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        No $hit. I guess sarcasm never will translate well over the www.

      • apkyletexas - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:36 AM

        NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Is that bad? Should he not have done that? He’ll tell you, he’s gotta plead ignorence on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to him at all when he first started pitching there that that sort of thing was frowned upon… you know, cause he’s pitched on a bunch of teams, and he’ll tell you, people do that all the time.

    • doctornature - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Sorry I accidentally hit “report comment” instead of reply. Being a Seinfeld fan and just saw that episode your comment made me lol really

    • danfrommv - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Mike Scioscia would stick with him.
      Jerry DiPoto might sign him.

      Sigh…

  6. Loose Changeup - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    The guy that Bard struck out will also be released.

  7. dcbear90 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    You should try hitting dude.

    -Rick Ankiel

  8. jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Now this is a book I would want to read. What the hell went wrong!?

    • Conner012367 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      well he had Steve Blass disease with Boston and before he went to Texas he had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery which from what i read on a different site was not the cause of his problems, and he had ball control problems too.

  9. drewnichols81 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Mitchell Boggs anyone

  10. bostonfrogs - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Kevin Sauicer, Mackey Sasser, Steve Sax–all baseball players who had the Yips, and in each case it either ended or greatly affected their careers. Interesting stuff because it’s so completely unexplainable.

    • nbjays - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Add Ricky Romero to that list.

  11. aceshigh11 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Holy Shi’ite.

  12. doctornature - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    There goes Jon Daniels master plan at the deadline

  13. happytwinsfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Hey, if he gets just one more out that ERA goes down to 117!

  14. Jack Marshall - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Does no one call this the Steve Blass Disease any more? Isn’t that what this is, exactly? And as with Blass, it’s tragic, not funny, like mental illness.

    Bard seemed to unravel at the end of 2011, as Francona kept going to him, and he kept blowing games down the stretch. Then, inexplicably, when his big chance to step in as closer arrived when Papelbon left for Philly, Bard insisted that he wanted to start. I thought that was odd at the time; it was as if he lad lost faith in his ability to pitch short relief, like he was trying to avoid the pressure, when one would think that he had proven his ability many times over. Bard never seemed comfortable as a starter, and I have to wonder if there is something Bard and the Red Sox knew—not an injury, but something—that has yet to be disclosed.

    Imagine how hard it must be to be young, to have a great talent, and to have it just suddenly vanish like this. Blass said that some days he felt like killing himself. I think mocking Bard and his ERA is out of place.

  15. metalhead65 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    walt jocketty is on the phone Dan just lie and say you once played in the cards system and you have a 2 year deal waiting for you.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Did Bard insist that he wanted to start? I thought that was the front office’s decision.

      It seemed like an odd one, because I thought they had been priming him to replace Papelbon.

  16. gallyhatch - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    I remember watching this kid pitch in the college world series for UNC, he started the game and was throwing gas well into the 7th (I think he was finally yanked in the 8th if I recall correctly).

    Such a shame, I had high hopes for him as a Sox draft pick.

  17. dinodimes - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Daniel bard is a great closer. I scouted him sincerely stevie wonder

  18. sidelineshot - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Must have been Fifty Cent pitching. Bard is just a bit better.

  19. pisano - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    What a shame, with an arm like he has. This poor bastard is finished.

  20. nolanwiffle - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Oh! Blame not the Bard.

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