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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Daniel Bard Has Chance To Make Rockies

Talk about a comeback. Long-lost MLB reliever Daniel Bard may finally be turning the corner in his latest attempt to return to the highest level of the game. Per Nick Groke of The Athletic, via Twitter, Bard “seems to be pitching his way to opening day” after a nice appearance in the club’s Summer Camp.

By now, Bard’s tale is well-known. The former first-round pick was a high-grade reliever for the Red Sox. When the Boston organization elected to try him out as a starter, Bard developed a case of the yips that persisted throughout several prior comeback efforts. (MLBTR’s Steve Adams documented this all a bit more thoroughly in his post on Bard’s signing in Colorado.)

Bard last appeared in a big league game in April of 2013. He’s now 35 years of age. If he can pull off even a lone MLB appearance, this would rate as one of the least-likely career revivals we’ve ever seen.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2020 at 11:33 AM | 32 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM (#5962820)
between 2013 and 2017, he pitched a total of 28 1/3 innings and issued 84 walks
   2. Bug Selig Posted: July 14, 2020 at 12:59 PM (#5962823)
The home plate ump probably squeezed him on... a few dozen of those?
   3. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 14, 2020 at 01:14 PM (#5962825)
He walked nine in the one-third of an inning h pitched in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 2013, and another nine in the two-thirds of an inning he pitched in the Sally league in 2014. It seems to have been a repeatable skill.
   4. Itchy Row Posted: July 14, 2020 at 01:17 PM (#5962826)
His ERA was trending in the right direction. From 189.00 in the 2013-14 winter league to 175.50 in 2014, 24.00 in 2016, and then 13.50 in 2017, his last year.

Sure, Bill Bene would listen if the Rockies called.
   5. Tim M Posted: July 14, 2020 at 01:28 PM (#5962828)
Wow looking at those minor league numbers, I had no idea it was that bad.

Look at that 2014 stint in A ball, he got 2 outs, 9 walks, 7 HBP.

The stint before that, he got 1 out, 9 walks, 3 HBP.

And he had crazy speed, he would hit 99, 100 on the gun w/ the Sox, must have been terrifying for those young guys to step in against that.

On and on it goes, teams kept giving him a chance, and he kept putting up the same kind of stuff. I can't stop reading thru that stat page, I've never seen anything like it.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2020 at 01:32 PM (#5962830)
Danny Hultzen made his MLB debut last year at the age of 29, so I guess anything is possible?
   7. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 14, 2020 at 01:42 PM (#5962834)
Look at that 2014 stint in A ball, he got 2 outs, 9 walks, 7 HBP.


Turanga Leela scoffs at that line.
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 14, 2020 at 01:59 PM (#5962842)
in his first 3 years with the Sox (used as a reliever) he averaged 9.7 K's/9 and 3.5 BB/9 with an ERA+ of 154. When they made him a starter, that changed to 5.8 and 6.5, and 68, so he was starting to lose it.
   9. Rough Carrigan Posted: July 14, 2020 at 02:06 PM (#5962845)
Best of luck to him.

When he was at his peak, he was terrific. I still remember an at bat where he struck out Nick Swisher of the yankees and after flailing at strike three, Swisher looked around as if to say, "Jeez, what the hell was I supposed to do with that?!"
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: July 14, 2020 at 03:35 PM (#5962864)
#5962826)
His ERA was trending in the right direction. From 189.00 in the 2013-14 winter league to 175.50 in 2014, 24.00 in 2016, and then 13.50 in 2017, his last year.
The Rockies interpolated that ERA trend...
   11. puck Posted: July 15, 2020 at 10:34 AM (#5963019)
The Rockies interpolated that ERA trend...

Same spreadsheet that output the 94 wins?
   12. Ron J Posted: July 15, 2020 at 10:44 AM (#5963021)
#11 No doubt. Project his ERA and then assume that he can handle an Iron Man Joe McGinnity level workload since he hasn't been worked hard in years and ...
   13. Rally Posted: July 15, 2020 at 11:05 AM (#5963027)
Bard's had a longer absence than Jose Rijo. That's one of the more improbable ones I've seen. Rijo was out 5 years and even picked up a few HOF votes before returning for the 2001 season.

Dave Stieb was out 4 years before returning at age 40.
   14. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 15, 2020 at 11:38 AM (#5963036)
I always loved Rijo pitching after receiving HoF votes (and not as a stunt like Minoso).

Everything I’ve ever read about Bard is that he’s just a terrific guy. He was really well liked around the Sox when he was there. I hope he can make it.
   15. sunday silence (again) Posted: July 15, 2020 at 04:24 PM (#5963165)
Didnt Rennie Stennet attempt a comeback in like 1980?
   16. Ron J Posted: July 15, 2020 at 04:36 PM (#5963172)
#15 I assume Rickey! lets every team in organized baseball (and many rec leagues) know that he's available every year.
   17. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 17, 2020 at 07:59 PM (#5963783)
   18. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: July 17, 2020 at 08:12 PM (#5963786)
Good for him!

The Rockies must have some scouts that they really trust though, since this is the guy who had an ERA of 54.00 in rookie ball last time he was seen (which was two years ago).
   19. puck Posted: July 17, 2020 at 08:36 PM (#5963790)
Bard's chances just got a lot better. The Rockies have waived Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee! They were on $7M deals for 2020.
   20. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 17, 2020 at 10:41 PM (#5963811)
Shaw would have been cut two years ago if not for the contract. Lord, he was awful, a fat guy throwing meatball sliders over the heart of the plate and just hoping people wouldn't hit them too far. The Rockies paid him $16 million to give up 87 runs in 126.2 innings.

McGee wasn't quite that bad. But he wasn't good, either.
   21. Howie Menckel Posted: July 17, 2020 at 11:32 PM (#5963815)
Jim Palmer attempted a comeback in 1991, after already have been elected into the Hall of Fame.

it didn't quite take, though.

fun fact, both of Palmer's wives have the name of Susan - a good way to avoid potentially awkward moments early in courtship No. 2.
   22. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 18, 2020 at 10:33 AM (#5963847)
21 - When my best friend got married the second time I was his best man. During my speech I was TERRIFIED I was going to use wife #1’s name instead of wife #2.
   23. Itchy Row Posted: July 18, 2020 at 08:36 PM (#5963953)
Johnny Carson’s first three wives were named Joan, Joanne, and Joanna. His marriage to an Alexis is the one that stuck.
   24. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: July 26, 2020 at 12:45 AM (#5965768)
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Bard: 1.1 IP, 0BB, 1K

20 of 25 pitches thrown for strikes.

First MLB appearance in just over 7 years (April 27, 2013) and first win in just over 8 years (May 29, 2012).

Even if he were to never pitch again, very cool to see someone make a comeback like this.
   25. bunyon Posted: July 26, 2020 at 08:53 AM (#5965778)
That’s awesome.
   26. villageidiom Posted: July 26, 2020 at 09:12 AM (#5965779)
This is fantastic. I'm thrilled for him.
   27. puck Posted: July 26, 2020 at 12:44 PM (#5965820)
From Gameday, looks like he was sitting 96 and hit 98 several times while striking out Odor.
   28. Darren Posted: July 26, 2020 at 02:45 PM (#5965839)
So cool for Bard!!!!!!!
   29. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: July 26, 2020 at 04:08 PM (#5965858)
Of all ballparks to have to make a comeback.
   30. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 26, 2020 at 05:13 PM (#5965887)
During my speech I was TERRIFIED I was going to use wife #1’s name instead of wife #2.

My wife has always had trouble remembering people's names. When she was teaching elementary school and was constantly calling kids by the wrong name, I told her don't try to remember their names, just call them all dear or sweetie or honey...they're 8 years old, if they notice they'll just think you're a sweet lady.

Babe Ruth famously called every guy older than him "Doc" and every guy younger than him "kid." Life can be so simple.
   31. dave h Posted: July 26, 2020 at 06:59 PM (#5965909)
Of all ballparks to have to make a comeback.


Well if all you do is walk or K someone, park factors matter less.
   32. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: July 26, 2020 at 08:46 PM (#5965923)
Dear Internet: Daniel Bard is leading the National League in wins.

At least something good came out of 2020.

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