Bard Gets Deja Vu, Four Years On
Pity poor Josh Bard. The man never did anything to hurt Red Sox nation, but he keeps getting burned by Boston nonetheless.
For the second time in four years, the backup catcher was sent packing from the Red Sox, this time even less honorably than the first time: He was released on Wednesday, with the team deciding longtime prospect George Kottaras was a better option to be Jason Varitek's backup.
The last time he was in Boston, Bard proved completely incapable of catching knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, eventually necessitating a trade with the Padres to bring back Doug Mirabelli. Of course, Bard went on to hit well above his expected averages in San Diego while Mirabelli scuffled (except behind the plate, where he was always Wakefield's personal catcher of choice).
Bard came back to the Red Sox in the offseason after Boston's incumbent backup/knuckleball specialist, Kevin Cash, signed a deal with the Yankees. This stint with the Red Sox is proving even more brief because of the emergence of Kottaras, who was finally out of minor league options. The Red Sox clearly decided they didn't want to lose Kottaras for nothing, and there still seemed to be some concern about Bard's ability to catch a knuckleball, all of which makes one wonder why they re-signed Bard in the first place.
It's a strange story, but is it the first? Can anyone else remember a player who was traded away from a team, signed by the team a few years later and then cut while still in his prime (Bard is only 30)? There's got to be a few good ones out there.
Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 20, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse
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