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Indians closer blames Red Sox for Bard's struggles

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08:16 AM ET 07.10 | While the man who once closed in Boston, Jonathan Papelbon, says Daniel Bard will be fine, Chris Perez isn't so sure. The outspoken Indians closer said Monday that he blames the Red Sox for Bard's struggles. "Give the guy a role, and let him stay there," Perez said at Monday's All-Star interview session. "What are you trying to get out of him as a starter? I don't understand." Bard served as Papelbon's setup man last year, but the Red Sox moved him to the rotation over the winter. They sent him to the minor leagues after 10 starts, and shortly thereafter moved him back to the bullpen. Since then, Bard has had a few good outings, but just as many where he was completely unable to find the strike zone. ... "He's going to be fine," Papelbon insisted.

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July 10, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Bard wanted to be a starter. Can't lay all the blame on the team.

July 10, 2012  08:41 AM ET
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Bard wanted to be a starter. Can't lay all the blame on the team.

Of course you can :)

It's not like being a starter is what changed his mechanics. Right now it's more in his head than anything else.

July 10, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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Of course you can :)It's not like being a starter is what changed his mechanics. Right now it's more in his head than anything else.

It has always been a head thing for Bard. He has never been mentally tough, and that's the main reason the team never really seriously considered him a viable option for the closer role. He wanted to be a starter, so the team gave him a chance, rather than telling him no and have him pout about it all year. Hopefully he realizes now that the team had him in the right situation and he can return to that role soon.

July 10, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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It has always been a head thing for Bard. He has never been mentally tough, and that's the main reason the team never really seriously considered him a viable option for the closer role. He wanted to be a starter, so the team gave him a chance, rather than telling him no and have him pout about it all year. Hopefully he realizes now that the team had him in the right situation and he can return to that role soon.

After watching a couple of his outings, I'm not sure how soon or even IF we will see him in Boston.

July 10, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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After watching a couple of his outings, I'm not sure how soon or even IF we will see him in Boston.

I was at McCoy for one of those disasters. Even warming up before the inning started he threw 2 to the backstop. The opposing teams hitters looked scared to death to get in the batters box.

July 10, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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I was at McCoy for one of those disasters. Even warming up before the inning started he threw 2 to the backstop. The opposing teams hitters looked scared to death to get in the batters box.

I also haven't seen him top 93 mph on any of his pitches this year. What happened to 98 and 99?

July 10, 2012  09:09 AM ET

What did you expect them to say CBS bad things about their card carrying buddy.

July 10, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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It has always been a head thing for Bard. He has never been mentally tough, and that's the main reason the team never really seriously considered him a viable option for the closer role.

I couldn't agree with this more. When you get on the hill you had better come with the attitude that you're better than every hitter you're facing. The moment that doubt starts to creep into you mind is when you start to get in trouble. When you start second guessing your pitch selection or even worse, your stuff you're in for a tough run. Right now it doesn't seem like he's trusting his fastball which is his best pitch.

July 10, 2012  09:24 AM ET

Daniel Bard was drafted a s starter but could not throw strikes his first years with the sox in the minors. In 2008 they changed him to a reliever and he came up to the majors in a couple of years. He has not thrown from a windup since 2007, what did the sox think was going to happen. This is the same problem he had in 2006 in the minors, look at the stats. He shares the blame also, he wanted a chance at starter money. He will be fine but it may take a year.

July 10, 2012  09:24 AM ET

Does Chris Perez believe that he needs to comment on every thing that happens in MLB?

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July 10, 2012  09:48 AM ET

Looks like Bard got Joba'd.

July 10, 2012  09:50 AM ET
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Daniel Bard was drafted a s starter but could not throw strikes his first years with the sox in the minors. In 2008 they changed him to a reliever and he came up to the majors in a couple of years. He has not thrown from a windup since 2007, what did the sox think was going to happen. This is the same problem he had in 2006 in the minors, look at the stats. He shares the blame also, he wanted a chance at starter money. He will be fine but it may take a year.

I think you're right Yaz.

July 10, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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Looks like Bard got Joba'd.

Good morning, your dark lord-ness.

July 10, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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Does Chris Perez believe that he needs to comment on every thing that happens in MLB?

No, not everything. He hasn't said anything about the Papelbon/Youkilis/Beckette love triangle, has he?

July 10, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Bard wanted to be a starter. Can't lay all the blame on the team.

Sure you can.

July 10, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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Does Chris Perez believe that he needs to comment on every thing that happens in MLB?

He has a reputation as a jackass to uphold.

July 10, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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No, not everything. He hasn't said anything about the Papelbon/Youkilis/Beckette love triangle, has he?

Not that I'm aware of.

July 10, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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He has a reputation as a jackass to uphold.

He's doing a fine job then.

 
July 10, 2012  09:59 AM ET

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