|Josh Bard talks with Scott Van Slyke before an Albuquerque Isotopes game|
Bard who spent last season with the Isotopes as a back up catcher spent ten years as a Major League catcher. Bard was drafted the Rockies in the third round of the 1999 draft. He spent time in the Major Leagues with the Padres, Indians, Nationals, Mariners, and Red Sox.
While with the Isotopes last season he hit .331 (49 hits in 148 at bats) with six homeruns and 32 RBI in 45 games.
Obseving him from the stands here at Isotopes park I saw him more as a mentor to the young guys. I even heard on a interview that he enjoyed working with the younger guys. I kinda figured he would be a coach somewhere, and now it's official he is a special assistant with the Dodgers.
Congratulations Josh we will see you back here at Isotopes Park next season.
In the same press release the Dodgers also announced the hiring of Pedro Avila, Gene Grimaldi, Patrick Guerrero, Pat Kelly, Jamey Storvick and Mike Tosar to the Dodgers scouting group.
These six will work under Bob Engle who was hired on November 1st as VP of Internatioal scouting.
Pedro Avila will the coordinator Venezuela, Gene Grimaldi will be the coordinator of European operations, Patrick Guerro will be the Coordinator of Latin America, and Pat Kelly will handle the Pacific Rim.
Along with Bard and the six international scouts the Dodgers also hired Willie Fraser and Scott Groot. Former Dodger third baseman Bill Mueller.