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Texas Tech Pros: Josh Bard

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Born on March 30th, 1978, in Ithaca, New York, Josh Bard attended Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Bard attended Texas Tech in 1997. Bard was freshman 1st team All-American and Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year. In 1998 he was 3rd team College All- American and Big 12 Conference All-Star. In his last year as a Red Raider in 1999 Bard was 1st team College All-American and a Big 12 Conference All-Star.

Josh Bard was selected by Colorado Rockies in 3rd Round, 100th overall in the 1999 Amateur Entry Draft. He would be later traded to the Indians in 2001. On August 23, 2002, Bard made his MLB debut against the Seattle Mariners and hit a walk-off home run and was the second player to accomplish this feat in a debut since Billy Parker. However in 2004, Bard sent the first half of the season on the disabled list due to an abdominal injury. In 2006, Bard was acquired by the Boston Red Sox and became the Red Sox backup catcher during spring training. In an April 26, 2006, game against the Cleveland Indians, Bard gave up 4 passed balls, giving him a total of 10 passed balls in his first five games catching knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield. A few days later Bard was traded to the San Diego Padres. On arrival to the National League, Bard became one of the best hitters in the major leagues. He was a life time .240 hitter before joining the Padres. Bard hit .338 in 231 at bats the rest of the season. Bard was behind the plate when Barry Bonds' 755th home run, which tied Bonds with hank Aaron for most career home runs. In October 2008, Bard left the Padres and became a free agent. Bard currently is with the Seattle Mariners he signed a 1-year, $400,000 contract on Dec 28, 2009.

On October 9th, 2010 Bard was Involved in a fatal one-car traffic accident. Bard only suffered minor injuries but the passenger Pastor Pat McKendry was Killed.

Bard is married to his high school sweetheart, Lindsey, and they have been married for ten years. Together they have three children.

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