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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  • Chad

    Is it just me, or do most of the “fans” who comment on ussmariner.com, come off as a bit eghhhh “bitchy”. Way too fuckin serious.

    • http://sodomojo.com/ Taylor

      They came across as such because your comment was unfounded and severely misguided.

  • Chad

    You must have my comment mistaken with someone elses. My login name on USSMARINER.com is Mariners2620. My intentions were to place a comment on that site in particular, about the Mariners offseason plans. I didn’t mean to offend anyone by placing it in the Dave Neihaus thread. I felt and still feel, as if everyone took that extremely personal. It was a little absurd to me, the reaction I received, that is. The reason I said that you must have my comment mistaken with someone elses, is due to the fact that your word choice of “unfounded” and misguided”, do not pertain to my comment at all. I am always boasting about this site to everyone interested in good baseball talk, because I once wrote on this blog myself. As a matter of fact, when it first started. Everyone needs to relax. Dave’s passing is nothing to take lightly, and I established that before commenting in the first place. I am aware of the effect that it had on this city. He meant alot. I simply do not understand how people can expect to run a functional blog, when they have no control over their own thread. (and no I am not referring to this blog) This is the only blog that I like, that talks Mariners. I have said it once and will say it again, that you guys are very consistent, when it comes to replying to your fans. Very commendable.

    • http://sodomojo.com/ Taylor

      I really appreciate the kind words, Chad.

      But, however reasonable your comment may or may not have been, this isn’t the place to talk about it. USSM has rules, and you need to abide by those rules.