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Rockies closer Daniel Bard starting on IL due to anxiety

Colorado Rockies closer Daniel Bard will open the season on the injured list because of anxiety.

“From my experience, knowing myself, I think just taking a step back, taking time to work through things, get it right, is the best approach,” Bard told reporters Thursday, according to

The 37-year-old Bard was a member of Team USA at the just-completed World Baseball Classic, but control issues in a game against Venezuela included an inside pitch to Jose Altuve that broke the hand of the Houston Astros second baseman.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2023 at 09:27 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: March 31, 2023 at 06:38 PM (#6122070)
Another Rick Ankiel. I'm surprised there aren't more
   2. Is Zonk Vermin within the Confines? Posted: March 31, 2023 at 07:06 PM (#6122076)
Can you actually *be* Rick Ankiel at 37?

I think Bard is a neat story -- one time high-flying prospect who didn't pan out but then somehow resurrected his career and amazingly became a late innings force late in his career.... but - 1)all respect and love to mental health maintenance, but "anxiety" and "closer" are like water and oil, and 2)you gotta throw strikes

I think it's interesting that 2) actually seems to take several flavors... Bard seems to be the Blass/Ankiel/etc case - just completely loses command. But - I remember when Carlos Marmol went to ####. He wasn't - initially at least - throwing sliders to the backstop. He just couldn't hit his spots, batters started laying off, and then the problem compounded (and he *did* start throwing sliders to the backstop).

I suppose it seems to me like there are two flavors of... Blassiansim... Either something goes haywire and you cannot command your pitches on any given sequence to save your life vs. a bit of snap goes away and your attempts to compensate just compound and it gets worse and worse until you're done.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: March 31, 2023 at 09:30 PM (#6122092)
I think it's progress that there is more acceptance out there that "look, this is a human being. and if retiring (presumably with a nice bank account) is the smartest thing for him, then let's just wish him well on his journey.

he already gave us an amazing comeback story. he sure as hell doesn't owe us another one - but of course I'd be intrigued to see it play out.
   4. Boxkutter Posted: April 01, 2023 at 09:20 PM (#6122224)
I think Bard is a neat story -- one time high-flying prospect who didn't pan out but then somehow resurrected his career and amazingly became a late innings force late in his career....

I wouldn't say he was a prospect that didn't pan out. He was a phenomenal set-up man with nearly 80 Holds his first three seasons with a 2.88 ERA. The issue didn't arise until they tried to move him to the rotation in 2012. That's when his BB/9 was higher than his K/9.
   5. Cris E Posted: April 02, 2023 at 03:42 PM (#6122284)
Wait, was this loss of control due to hitting Altuve or was that part of a larger collapse? It seems like a specific act of hitting one guy (other than Ray Chapman cases) would be easier to address than a whole spring of trouble (eg a call with Altuve or whatever.) But as mentioned above, I hope he just gets a handle on the bigger picture before feeling any pressure to get back on that horse again.
   6. kirstie819 Posted: April 04, 2023 at 08:48 AM (#6122554)
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   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 04, 2023 at 09:16 AM (#6122556)
#5 Bard was also hit hard in the game against Mexico (4 ER in 0.2 IP, with 1 BB and 1 HBP) but he threw 22 of 33 pitches for strikes. He then pitched a scoreless inning against Columbia with 8 strikes in 14 pitches and 1 BB. I didn’t see his appearances but it seems like the Venezuela game was the first one where he really had these type of issues.

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