Friday, June 20, 2014

Rangers Release Former Red Sox Reliever Bard

(Texas Rangers Photo)
The sad case of Daniel Bard gets even sadder. The Texas Rangers have announced that they've released the former Sox set-up man—effectively admitting that they can't figure out what's wrong with him, either. The now 28-year old Bard was dominant as the eight-inning 'appetizer' to Jonathan Papelbon's 'main course'—routinely hitting 100-MPH. Then, he was mishandled in his attempt to become a starter and never regained the confidence that made him so effective. Bard faced just 18 batters for Class A Hickory—walking nine, hitting seven and retiring just two. Hopefully, somebody will give Bard another shot.