2010 in Review: Josh Bard

Seattle Mariners pitcher Brandon League (L) is congratulated on the save by catcher Josh Bard at the end of their American League MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto September 22, 2010. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
In 2007, Josh Bard was worth 3.1 WAR over 443 plate appearances.  He walked almost as much as he struck out, and and ended up with a .768 OPS.  He was a decent defensive catcher, even if he threw out only 8% of attempted base-stealers.

It is now 2010.  Josh Bard, who has since become much, much worse, was worth 0.3 WAR over 126 plate appearances.  His strikeout-to-walk ratio was a paltry 27-10, and his OPS was .633.  He was a poor defensive catcher according to most metrics.  However, he was better than Rob Johnson and Adam Moore, so he got a fair amount of playing time.

Bard had a few nifty home runs, but he wasn’t particularly valuable this season.

Outlook: Josh Bard could return to the M’s in 2011.  It doesn’t really matter.  He’s the position player equivalent of David Pauley in that he exists only as a stopgap.

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