Daniel Bard News Archive

Daniel Bard, ex-Boston Red Sox RHP, joins Diamondbacks as player mentor

The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired former Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard to serve as a player mentor, one of four newly-created positions in the organization. Bard retired earlier this offseason after several comeback attempts. The 32 year-old posted a 1.93 ERA for the Red Sox in 73 outings during 2010, then recorded a 3.33 ERA in 70 relief outings during 2011.

An Ode to Daniel Bard: The Now-Retired Hurler Who Threw One of the Nastiest Pitches Ever

The career of former Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard was full of promise but short on success. Two-plus seasons of exemplary relief work from 2009 through '11 that gave way to a rough few months spent as a starter in '12 followed by several years of bouncing from team to team in the minors. Injuries piled up along the way, his control vanished, and now his career is over.

In appreciation of now-retired Daniel Bard

Daniel Bard was a power reliever before they became the norm. But he wasn't just unique on the field. It didn't take long to realize the University of North Carolina product's thought process was deeper than most. Maybe that didn't help when trying to figure things out at the end, but it certainly wasn't a bad thing for those striking up clubhouse conversations.

After 5-year odyssey, Daniel Bard calls it a career

One major surgery, three arm-slot adjustments, and five minor league contracts later, Daniel Bard has called it a career. After some more tinkering with Mets coaches at the team’s facility in Port St. Lucie, the right-hander decided to retire in mid-August. “I ran into enough of those days where I said, ‘Is this really worth me being away from my family?’”

Mets Sign Daniel Bard to Minor League Deal

Daniel Bard, the former dominant Red Sox reliever who lost his control during the 2012 season, is not giving up on his major league comeback attempt. Bard signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets. He has been assigned to the High-A St. Lucie Mets. The St. Louis Cardinals released him May 15 after he pitched 8 2/3 innings for Double-A Springfield.

Peter Gammons: Daniel Bard is willing to endure the frustration

What is remarkable about Daniel Bard seven weeks from his 32nd birthday is that for all he has gone through from Boston to Pawtucket to Lowell and stints with the Rangers, Cubs, Pirates and now Cardinals is that this man who could be successful at whatever he chose is still willing to walk out there and face frustration and the humiliation of “The Thing.”

Daniel Bard's comeback bid is gaining momentum

For a time, Daniel Bard was one of baseball’s most effective and feared relievers. Now the 31-year-old right-hander is scratching and clawing for one more opportunity in the big leagues, which he hopes will come this season with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Daniel Bard a spring training story worth rooting for

It’s rare that a player with the talent of Daniel Bard simply loses it. Still “just” 31, Bard may have lost his prime, but a comeback of any kind would be a pleasant surprise for the once-promising right-hander. During a spring training period rife with noise but which provides little signal, he’s a story worth rooting for. After all, what’s spring for, if not new beginnings?

Daniel Bard has new delivery, 96 mph fastball with Cardinals

Reliever Daniel Bard is trying to make a major league comeback with the St. Louis Cardinals. He has a new delivery and he's throwing his fastball 96 mph and he features a 86 mph changeup. Bard, now 31, dominated with a 1.93 ERA for the Red Sox in 73 outings during 2010, then recorded a 3.33 ERA in 70 relief outings during 2011. But he lost control in 2012.

St. Louis Cardinals sign Daniel Bard to minor-league deal

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed former Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard to a minor-league deal, according to Baseball America. The 30-year-old righthander joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in spring training but was released before the season started. Bard, Boston's first-round pick in the 2006 draft, last pitched for the Red Sox in 2013.

Daniel Bard released by Pittsburgh Pirates, per report

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released former Boston Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, Peter Gammons reported on Twitter. Bard signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh in January. The 30-year-old, who has experienced control issues since 2012, hasn't pitched in a regular season major league game since 2013.

With Pirates, Daniel Bard is in a good place for a comeback

Back on Jan. 11, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced they had signed Daniel Bard to a minor league contract. The move made sense because he was only 30 and just a few years removed from being one of the most dominant relievers in baseball. But it also raised eyebrows because of the irony: He was going to Ground Zero of Steve Blass Disease.

Daniel Bard brings perspective to latest comeback try

It sounds crazy now, but the downfall of Daniel Bard might have begun during a season in which he didn't allow a run for two months. "There are things you can look back on," Bard said on a Monday morning that called for reminiscing as he returned to Fort Myers to face his former team, the Boston Red Sox. Bard was ultimately diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome.

Reliever Daniel Bard looks to resurrect career with Pirates

Five years ago, Daniel Bard was among the best setup relievers in baseball. Then, he lost everything — his control, his job in the majors, his confidence. Bard, 30, isn't ready to quit. He agreed last week to a minor-league contract with the Pirates. Monday, he reported to Pirate City to finalize the deal and participate in the team's five-day mini-camp.

Before Ryan Zimmerman’s walk off vs. Andrew Miller, the two shared a long history

The first time these two squared off, Zimmerman was a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Virginia, Miller a 19-year-old freshman at the University of North Carolina. That Cavaliers team would send Zimmerman and Mark Reynolds and Joe Kohansky to the majors. That Tar Heels team would send Miller and Chris Ianetta and hard-throwing Daniel Bard to the big leagues, too.

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