Tuesday, January 22, 2013

John Farrell Likes What He Saw Of Daniel Bard

All On 'Bard' For 2013?
After traveling down to Mississippi to see him first hand, Red Sox manager John Farrell says he likes the way Daniel Bard is throwing. Both in terms of mechanics and attitude, Farrell was impressed with Bard's approach. Said Farrell, "His arm slot is back to a normal position...His mindset is more clear and his approach is more simplified." Bard had a forgettable 2012, appearing in just 17 games and compiling an ERA of 6.22 in his abortive attempt at starting. He seemed to have lost all confidence and needed extended stays in the minors to work things out. Hopefully, this visit is a sign that he's back on track. When he was right, there was no better eighth-inning option in major league baseball.