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Former Red Sox Set-Up Man Daniel Bard Announces Retirement

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Several outlets reported on Thursday that former Boston Red Sox set-up man Daniel Bard had officially announced his retirement.

Bard, 32, last pitched in the majors in April 2013 for Boston, making two appearances that season.

In a five-year career with the Red Sox which started in 2009, Bard was 10-19 in 211 games (10 starts, all in 2012) with a 3.67 ERA.

Bard’s fall from grace is one of the sadder that baseball has seen in recent memory. After a solid 2009 rookie season, Bard was one of the best relievers in baseball from 2010-11, recording a 2.62 ERA in 143 relief outings with 66 holds.

The Red Sox planned to make Bard a starting pitcher in 2012, which turned out to be a huge mistake. In 10 starts, he recorded a 5.30 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. After an early June start where Bard walked six batters while recording only five outs, Boston sent him to the minors for nearly three months. In six relief outings to end the season, Bard allowed nine earned runs in 4 1/3 innings for an ERA of 18.69.

Boston released Bard on September 1, 2013 after his control in the minors had begun to implode (27 walks in 15 1/3 innings). He was signed by the Texas Rangers in January 2014; and in four single-A relief outings, hit seven batters, walked nine, and allowed 13 earned runs while recording two outs for an ERA of 175.00.

Bard didn’t pitch in the minors in 2015. In 2016, he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In eight relief outings in the minors, he walked 13 batters in three innings with an ERA of 24.00 before being released in May.

Since being released by the Pirates, Bard signed Minor League deals with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets but still couldn’t get back on track, walking 24 batters in 9 1/3 innings spanning 11 relief outings.

To summarize, Bard hit 16 batters, walked 73, posted a 3.32 WHIP, and 14.61 ERA in 39 Minor League relief outings (28 1/3 innings) since 2013.

Truly a shame that Bard’s career imploded so fast and the way it did. Multiple comeback attempts but just couldn’t regain his command. Rick Ankiel 101 type of stuff.

The Red Sox never should have made Bard a starter, though it’s worth pointing out that his problems actually began before that. One year prior, during Boston’s infamous September 2011 collapse, Bard went 0-4 with a 10.64 ERA in 11 innings spanning 11 games. He also walked nine, which surpassed his total of eight for the previous three months. Boston went 7-20 that September, becoming the first team in Major League history to blow a nine-game playoff lead entering the final month; and Bard was arguably the biggest reason why.

Failure like that can absolutely crush a guy’s confidence. Bard entered the month with a 2.03 ERA, and finished it to the tune of 3.33. He chose the worst time to choke, to lose his usual dominant “stuff”, and as a result, the Red Sox missed the playoffs.

Who knows what Bard’s career may have been like had he not struggled so much in that fateful September. Or got thrown into a starting role the very next year. And would the Red Sox tried to have transitioned him if he didn’t struggle so much in September?

Nonetheless, a sad fall from the spotlight for the once promising Bard. Hopefully he can find success elsewhere in whatever pursuit he chooses.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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Yankees Activate Giancarlo Stanton

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The New York Yankees have officially activated slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the injured list, according to a team announcement.

In a corresponding move, the Yankees have optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman, who was optioned on Monday night.

Stanton has missed the majority of the season, mainly due to a biceps issue, but his stay on the injured was extended due to a shoulder strain, and calf injury that popped up during his rehab.

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