With the Dog Days of Summer beginning in the MLB, let’s take a look at how former North Carolina Tar Heels baseball players are doing.
Daniel Bard: Daniel Bard has struggled since 2012, and was recently released by the Texas Rangers. Bard, who led the UNC baseball team to their first National Championship game appearance in 2006, has struggled mightily with his command of late. He walked nine and hit seven while retiring just two out of the eighteen batters he faced this season. In my opinion, Bard needs to take some time away from the game and get his mind off things for a little while, if he is going to return to the dominance he experienced early in his career.
Tim Federowicz: Bard’s battery mate on the 2006 team, Federowicz has not been doing much better this season in the MLB. He has just 8 hits in 64 at-bats this season, for a dismal .131 batting average. He was sent down to AAA earlier this month, and has not yet returned. However, the door is still open for Federowicz, as starting catcher AJ Ellis has not done much better, hitting just .203 this year. If Federowicz can get back to playing the way he played for the Heels, I am confident that he can become a solid player for a Major League team in the near future.
Brian Roberts: New York Yankees 2nd baseman Brian Roberts has not fared terribly well this season, but recently recorded his 1,500th career hit. Roberts, signed in the offseason with the Yankees to help shore up the infield after Robinson Cano’s departure, and has played decently, hitting .244 with two home runs.
With Roberts being in his 14th Major League season, and with his numbers sharply falling off in recent years, one cannot help but wonder whether it may be time for the Chapel Hill native to call it a career.
Walt Weiss: Weiss, who played 14 seasons in the Majors got the job as manager for the Colorado Rockies last season. After a last place finish last season, the Rockies are in third place in their division. However, this season does not look promising, since they don’t have much pitching, and their hitting has not been much better of late (as evidenced by being no-hit earlier this week). Weiss is trying to turn the team around, though, and has two and a half more years to get results (he agreed to a 3-year deal last October).