Bard signed a one-year, $2.925 million deal with the Rockies on Tuesday to avoid arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The 35-year-old returned to the big leagues from a six-year absence in 2020 and delivered a 3.65 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 27:10 K:BB over 24.2 innings while converting all six save chances. Bard finished the campaign as Colorado's primary closer and should enter spring training as the favorite for the job in 2021.
Bard (4-2) picked up the win Thursday against the Giants, allowing one hit and two walks across 2.2 scoreless innings. He struck out one.
Bard entered with one out and the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth. He kept the Giants off the board through the 10th inning and ended up picking up his fourth win after the Rockies took the lead in the 11th. Overall, Bard has logged 27 strikeouts and a 3.65 ERA while notching six saves on the season.
Bard was credited with the hold in Sunday's win over the Dodgers, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks across one inning. He struck out one.
Bard entered to get the final out of the eighth before running into trouble in the ninth. A hit batter, two singles and a walk ultimately led to the right-hander being replaced by Mychal Givens with two outs. Despite the shaky outing, Bard seems likely to remain Colorado's primary closer during the final week of the regular season.
Bard (3-2) allowed a run on one hit and struck out two over one inning to earn the win Friday versus the Angels.
Bard gave up a go-ahead homer to Anthony Bemboom in the ninth inning, but the Rockies got him off the hook with a five-run rally in the bottom half of the frame. The run was Bard's first in his last five innings. The 35-year-old closer has a 3.79 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, six saves and 25 strikeouts in 19 innings this year.
Bard allowed two walks and struck out one over a scoreless inning to earn the save in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Dodgers.
Bard needed 26 pitches to navigate the outing, but he was able to record a save for the second consecutive game. The right-hander now has a 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 23:5 K:BB across 18 innings this season. He seems to have strengthened his grasp on the closer role -- both Carlos Estevez and Mychal Givens pitched before Bard in Sunday's contest.
Bard picked up the save Saturday against the Dodgers, tossing a scoreless inning and allowing one hit while striking out two.
Bard entered the game in the ninth inning staked to a 5-2 lead and made relatively easy work of the Dodgers, allowing only a one-out single to A.J. Pollock. Over his last five outings, Bard has picked up four saves and one win while allowing only one run in five innings. He has a 3.71 ERA on the season and appears to have a firm hold on the closer position in Colorado.
Bard earned the save in Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Giants by retiring the side in order with two strikeouts during the ninth inning.
The veteran right-hander had a nice three-run cushion and took care of the Giants with ease to close things out Wednesday. Bard has a 3.94 ERA, 1.19 ERA and 19:3 K:BB through 16 innings and has converted all four of his save chances this season.
Bard (2-2) earned the win Saturday against the Padres by pitching a scoreless ninth inning and allowing one hit while fanning one.
Bard pitched the top of the ninth inning and allowed a single to Jurickson Profar to kick things off, but he settled down afterwards, inducing Ty France to hit into a double play and striking out Trent Grisham to end the frame in only nine pitches (seven strikes). Bard has allowed runs in four of his last seven relief appearances and owns a 4.35 ERA in 12 outings (10.1 innings) this month.
Bard picked up the save Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. He allowed one run on one hit and two walks while fanning two over one inning. He also hit a batter.
Bard notched his third save of the season, but it wasn't a crisp performance for the 35-year-old -- he walked Kole Calhoun to begin the inning, allowed a run on an RBI single from David Peralta, and he ultimately loaded the bases before striking out Nick Ahmed to close the game. Bard has now allowed runs in four of his last six appearances, compiling a 7.20 ERA in five innings across that stretch.
Bard pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout to earn the save in Monday's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
Bard retired Eduardo Escobar and Nick Ahmed with groundouts before fanning Stephen Vogt to end the game. It was a change of pace to see Bard keep runs off the board -- he's allowed a run in three of his last five outings. The 35-year-old is up to two saves with a 4.15 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 13 innings. Carlos Estevez, who has shared closing duties with Bard over the past couple weeks, logged 1.1 scoreless innings before Bard came in to close things out.
Bard (1-2) failed to record an out and allowed a walkoff homer to Cody Bellinger to take the loss Saturday versus the Dodgers.
Bard's second pitch to Bellinger was deposited into the right-field seats to give the Dodgers the win. The 35-year-old Bard has now allowed a run in three of his last four outings. He has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 12 innings this season. He's recorded a save and a hold in 12 appearances and figures to continue to work in high-leverage situations.
Bard has given up one run in two of his three appearances since recording a save Aug. 11 against the Diamondbacks.
On Aug. 16, Carlos Estevez came in after Bard gave up one run to pick up the save, so Estevez seems like the slight favorite in the current committee. Estevez has also been a bit more effective of late and logged two scoreless frames Thursday against the Astros in a non-save situation. However, Bard might be called on if a save situation were to arise Friday, due to Estevez's recent usage.
Bard could see some save opportunities in the coming games, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Jairo Diaz has been working as the Rockies' closer recently with Wade Davis (shoulder) remaining sidelined. However, Diaz has been inconsistent in recent games and was unable to finish Sunday's game against the Rangers as he struggled mightily with command. Manager Bud Black said after the game that the team will steer away from using a designated closer in the coming games, which could open the door for Bard to see more work in the ninth inning. In his return to the mound in 2020, Bard has made nine relief appearances, recording a 3.60 ERA and 12:0 K:BB over 10 innings while converting on his only save opportunity. If he can pitch consistently in the near future, he could emerge as the team's favorite option for save situations.
Bard recorded the final out via strikeout to earn the save in Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Diamondbacks.
Phillip Diehl and Jairo Diaz combined to allow five runs while recording just two outs in the ninth inning, but Bard was able to whiff pinch hitter Stephen Vogt to lock down the save, his first of the year. Bard has a 3.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 12 strikeouts across nine innings this season. He's not expected to get many chances for saves -- ninth-inning duties have typically gone to Diaz or Wade Davis this season.
Bard (1-0) earned a win coming out of the bullpen in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanning one.
Bard came into the game with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, and he tossed 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the win. What makes this even more noteworthy is the fact that Bard hadn't pitched in an MLB game since 2013.
Bard will begin the season on the Rockies' major-league roster.
After announcing his retirement from professional baseball in January of 2018, Bard signed with the Rockies in February as a non-roster invitee. He impressed enough in camp to earn a spot with Colorado's pitching staff to begin the regular season. The 35-year-old last appeared in the majors in 2013.
Bard will be a part of the Rockies' 60-man summer camp.
Bard was in camp as a non-roster invitee prior to the shutdown. The 35-year-old righty has dealt with a long list of arm injuries and has not pitched in the majors since 2013.
Bard signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies on Wednesday that includes an invitation to big-league camp, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Bard announced his retirement from professional baseball in January 2018, but he'll make another run at a comeback bid with Colorado. The 34-year-old had 66 holds and 150 strikeouts in 143 appearances for the Red Sox between the 2010 and 2011 seasons, but fell out of the majors in 2013 and moved around the minors over the next few years. There shouldn't be significant expectations, but Bard is a good zero-risk flier for the Rockies.
Bard will hang up his cleats and retire from professional baseball prior to the 2018 season, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.
Bard had been toiling around in the minor leagues for the past few years and was working toward a comeback to the majors that never quite materialized. The 32-year-old was a quality reliever for the Red Sox near the beginning of this decade, and last pitched in the big leagues for the club in 2013. Recently, Bard pitched for Double-A Springfield within the Cardinals' system in 2017, but was released by the team in late May. He will call it a career after playing in over 200 games in the majors, posting a 3.67 ERA and accumulating 252 strikeouts.
Bard signed a minor-league deal Sunday with the Mets, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.
The Cardinals released Bard on May 23, so it did not take too long for Bard to find a new home. Right now, it appears this is a move to provide some organizational depth for a team that seemingly always has an important arm or two hurt. The right-hander has not pitched in the majors since 2013 and had a 10.38 ERA with a 2.88 WHIP with Double-A Springfield before his release.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/24||@ SF||W 5-4||1||2.2||1||0||2||1|
|09/20||vs LAD||W 6-3||1.0||2||2||2||1|
|09/19||vs LAD||L 1-6||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|09/12||vs LAA||L 2-5||1.0||1||0||1||0|
|09/11||vs LAA||W 8-4||1||1.0||1||1||0||2|
|09/06||@ LAD||W 7-6||1||1.0||0||0||2||1|
|09/05||@ LAD||W 5-2||1||1.0||1||0||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||32.0||31||1||0||3||2||0||32||29||31||7.03||1.875|
|2013||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||12.2||13||0||0||0||1||0||6||17||13||6.64||2.459|
|2013||R-Gcl Red Sox||1.2||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||6||1||15.00||5.833|
|2016||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||3.0||8||0||0||1||2||0||1||13||3||24.00||5.333|