A Pink Slip One Day A New Job The Other

 Congrats to Jordan for guessing that Yogi Berra, Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, Pee Wee Reese, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Warren Span, and Phil Rizzuto all left the MLB for World War II. The only other player that I know that left for the war was Dick Adams. Also have you guys stopped reading my blog or am I just overreacting. I only got four comments on my last  blog! Do some of you guys still think I am on vacation? Please help me not go crazy guys!

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Josh Bard 

The Red Sox today released catcher...

On March 18 Josh Bard got released by the Red Sox. Three days later he signed with the Washington Nationals. This move did not really surprise me believe it or not. When I first heard the news I thought the Red Sox had just signed Bard so he could show people that he could catch Tim Wakefield and so he would not have seven games hanging over his head his whole life. I really did not think Bard would get the backup catcher’s job at all. George  Kottaras is younger and Boston already had him. The job was Bard’s to lose though but Bard did not lose it. George Kottaras stole it from him. That is a hard thing to do, stealing a guys job who almost has it set in stone. Bard did a better job then 2006  but not good enough. Kottaras has caught Charlie Zink, a knuckleballer, the past few seasons in AAA unlike Bard who has only caught a knuckle baller thirteen times in his life. In two games with the Nationals this spring Bard has yet to make an error but has yet to get on base in five at bats. I see Bard as being the Nationals backup catcher behind Jesus Flores meaning Bard will get that $600,000 that his minor league contract promised him. What I do not get is that it took Bard three days to find a new team. Why has Pedro not signed yet? Pedro is a thousand times better then Bard today, yesterday, and in the future. Pedro just go sign with the Astros. I mean they need pitching and they already are the oldest team in baseball. I am getting of subject though.


Joshua David Bard was born on March 30, 1978 in Ithaca, New York. He attended Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colorado and attended Texas Tech for college. At Texas Tech he was a two time all-american playing for the Red Raiders. In 1999 he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the third round. Bard made his major league debut on August 23, 2002 playing for the Cleveland Indians. His major league debut was one of his best games ever, as he hit a walk off home run. In 2004 he was on the disabled list and then spent most of the season in the minors. In 2005 he was back with the Indians though as backup catcher to Victor Martinez. In January 2006 Bard was traded to Boston along with Coco Crisp and David Riske for Guillermo Mota, Andy Marte, and Kelly Shoppach. He became the backup catcher after John Flaherty retired. Then came “the” seven games. Bard’s job was to catcher knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield. In his first try he gave up three passed balls. Bard ended up having ten balls go by him in his first seven games. A few days latter Bard was traded to the San Diego Padres along with Cla Meredith for Mark Loretta and Doug Mirabelli. Boston was facing the Yankees that day with Tim Wakefield to start so Doug took a jet from San Diego to Boston and then had a police escort get him to Fenway in time. After joining the Padres Bard became one of the best hitters in the Nation League. That season he hit .338 with nine home runs, forty RBI’s, and 78 hits in 93 games. The only problem was he was still a backup this time to baseball legend Mike Piazza. On August 4, 2007 Bard was behind the plate when Barry Bonds stepped into the box. Cla Hensley pitched the ball and Bonds hit his 755th home run of his carer tying Hank Aaron for the all time home run king. In 2008 Bard looking like his old self with his bat. He hit .202 with one home run and 16 RBI’s. However Bard lost playing time due to the Padres trade for Michael Barrett and Bard was hurt towards the end of the season. In October 2008 Bard left the Padres and became a free agent. Which leads us back to where we are today. Bard signed with the Red Sox then got released then got picked up by Washington D.C. Bard really is a true example of a dedicated player through the highs and the lows.

Photo Credits

1- bostonherald.com

2- syracuse.com

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Today’s question is, “Zip Zabel holds the record for most innings by a relief pitcher in one game. How many innings did he pitch when he set that record on June 17, 1915?

Hint- More then 9

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10 comments

  1. shortporch

    Zabel pitched 18 1/3 innings for the Cubs in a 1915 win over the Dodgers. Your prize for getting my question right is this classic quote from Hank Steinbrenner:

    “Red Sox Nation?” What a bunch of [expletive] that is,” he said in an interview with The New York Times’ Play magazine. “That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans.

    “Go anywhere in America and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order.”

    shortporch http://shortporch.mlblogs.com/

  2. thekfny28

    Woot! Go Nationals! Nats are in my top 5 favorite teams, because of their young core, their strong farm system, and because Ryan Zimmerman is the shizznit. This acquisition of Bard is incredibly underrated: nobody seems to discuss it.

    Oh come on duuuude… Brad Penny is NOT as good as Joba Chamberlain. One would only have to compare numbers last year: Joba excells in pretty much every statistic, even the ones that are not really necessary.

    -EJ the Kid From New York

  3. Elizabeth D

    Bob,
    I think that the Sox signed Bard as a kind of safety net incase they couldn’t work things out with Jason. I think that they had a lot of confidence with George, like you said, because of his ability to catch Zink.
    -Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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