Nation STATion: Nine to Know, Daniel Bard Edition


Nation STATion: Nine to Know, Daniel Bard Edition

By Bill Chuck
Special to

Daniel Bard has been inconsistent on the mound this season and his stats reflect that.

Take a look:

1. He is 1-4 with a mediocre 3.65 ERA but an outstanding WHIP of 1.014.

2. In the first month of the season he pitched 12.1 innings, had a 3.65 ERA, and was 0-3. This month he has pitched 12.1 innings, has a 3.65 ERA, and is 1-1. The difference is that in April, batters hit .256 against him and in May, they have hit .159.

3. Batters are only hitting .207 against him overall, although in an eighth-inning world where there is little margin for error, that still may be too high. He's up from .176 last season, when he was pretty much lights out.

4. He has, in essence, blown two saves, but has nine holds, and the Buchholz run he allowed Monday night was just the first of nine inherited runners he as allowed to score.

5. He has been dominant in front of the Fenway faithful, where he is 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA and a batting average against of .113. But on the road, he is 0-4 with a 6.55 ERA and a 3.02 BAA.

6. Hes dominated right-handed batters, holding them to a .162 batting average and a .532 OPS. Lefties have fared better against him, hitting .240 with a .763 OPS.

7. If there is any number to notice this year it has been in his proclivity to allow extra-base hits; 9.3 of all plate appearances have resulted in an extra-base hit, practically double last season's 4.8.

8. Of the 18 hits he's surrendered this season, 50 have gone for extra-bases: five doubles, one triple and three homers.

9. The only other number of any consequence is that fact that he is falling behind batters at a slightly greater pace this season only recording a strike on the first pitch 51 of the time as opposed to 58 last season.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 


Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.