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Friday, June 22, 2012

Gleeman: Daniel Bard tells Red Sox he no longer wants to be a starter

Ehh, we’ve taken it this far, why let a little thing like that stop you?

Daniel Bard’s move from the bullpen to the rotation is officially over after 10 starts, as the right-hander told the Red Sox that he no longer wants to be a starter.

“I know I can be a good starter, but I already know I’m a great reliever,” Bard explained to Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston.

McDonald reports that Bard talked recently with general manager Ben Cherington, who’s in agreement with the move back to the bullpen.

The District Attorney Posted: June 22, 2012 at 05:41 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Darren Posted: June 22, 2012 at 06:41 PM (#4164048)
Are you sure?
   2. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: June 22, 2012 at 07:09 PM (#4164057)
Well, it was worth a shot.
   3. RobertMachemer Posted: June 22, 2012 at 08:13 PM (#4164074)
Oh well.

A soccer coach I knew used to say that you should never ask your best player(s) to take a penalty kick. Ask who wants to take the penalty kick and choose the shooter from the volunteers; if your best players aren't volunteers, you wouldn't want to pick them because they're not mentally tough enough to take them.

Same thing here. If Bard has decided he doesn't want to be a starter, he's not mentally ready to be a starter. No use trying to convince him otherwise.
   4. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: June 22, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4164078)
How come it was so obvious to us and not to the FO?

   5. Darren Posted: June 22, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4164083)
Your coach probably missed out on some really good players.
   6. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: June 22, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4164084)
QUITTER.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: June 22, 2012 at 09:04 PM (#4164087)
I assume Bailey closes though, right?
   8. Dan Posted: June 22, 2012 at 09:08 PM (#4164088)
I assume Bailey closes though, right?


For the 2 games at the end of July before he's injured again.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2012 at 09:34 PM (#4164095)
Quitter.
   10. OCD SS Posted: June 22, 2012 at 09:56 PM (#4164102)
How come it was so obvious to us and not to the FO?
It's basically a good thing that he came to this decision himself, rather than being told so by the FO. It was worth a shot, he tried it, and he had to realize it wasn't going to work himself.
   11. DKDC Posted: June 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM (#4164113)
Yeah, this is kind of a bummer. I was hoping the Red Sox would keep chasing this pipe dream for another season or two.
   12. RobertMachemer Posted: June 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM (#4164124)
Re 5: Why would you think that? The best players were still the best players (and easily recognized in other aspects of the game), but sometimes the best players aren't the best penalty kick takers and the best penalty kick takers aren't the best players. His experience suggested that good players who didn't want to take penalty kicks typically did worse on them than might be expected, and they often were not emotionally ready to handle any failures -- their overall game suffered more from misses than the players who were eager to take those shots.
   13. MM1f Posted: June 22, 2012 at 10:44 PM (#4164126)
Gleeman: Daniel Bard tells Red Sox he no longer wants to be in Pawtucket
   14. Boxkutter Posted: June 22, 2012 at 11:14 PM (#4164157)
When Bard looks at his career path, do you think he minds that he is walking in Papelbon's footprints? I guess it's still better than Joba Chamberlain's though.
   15. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:16 AM (#4164172)
How often does this happen in baseball where a player, cast in a role in which he's uncomfortable, forces the team to switch him back to his preferred role?

Of course, this has it's limitations; not many teams would bother listening to their Triple-A LOOGY or complain about his role, not for long anyway.
   16. Mayor Blomberg Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:55 AM (#4164186)
do you think he minds that he is walking in Papelbon's footprints?


You mean toward 4 years/$50 mil plus an option? Yeah, I'd feel terrible.
   17. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: June 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM (#4164581)
There was a recent premier league game where the goal keeper took a penatly kick. I though that was badass.
   18. rlc Posted: June 24, 2012 at 01:21 AM (#4164639)
There was a recent premier league game where the goal keeper took a penatly kick. I though that was badass.


¡Viva Chilavert!
   19. Joe Bivens is NOT a clueless numpty Posted: June 24, 2012 at 06:36 AM (#4164659)
How often does this happen in baseball where a player, cast in a role in which he's uncomfortable, forces the team to switch him back to his preferred role?

He wasn't starting at Pawtucket.

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