Monday, May 27, 2013

Player Profile: Daniel Bard

I have four cards of Daniel Bard. This one is from 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter.

Playing career: Daniel Bard came up with the Red Sox and enjoyed three-seasons as a lights-out set-up man. Bobby Valentine tried to convert him to a starter, with disastrous results.

Where he is now: Trying to bounce back from a lost season where he went 5-6 with a 3.65 ERA, and saw his strikeouts/nine innings ratio go from over 9 to under 6. In 2013, he has pitched only one inning for the Red Sox, and is struggling at AAA Pawtucket, with a 6.39 ERA in thirteen appearances.

My memories: As a Yankee fan, it was fun watching the Red Sox implode last year. Bard’s troubles were just one part of it.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Daniel B, between Daniel Bedingfield, a singer, and Daniel Bruhl, an actor. There do not appear to be any other prominent Daniel Bards.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Josh Bard.

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