The possibility of Bard joining the coaching staff was first floated by J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News during the winter meetings on Dec. 7.
Bard, who turns 38 in March, has worked in the Dodgers organization the last three years, including 2013 as a special assistant to general manager Ned Colletti in player personnel, followed by a move into professional scouting for 2014-2015.
The former switch-hitting catcher played 10 seasons in the big leagues, hitting 254/.320/.385 in 586 games for the Indians, Red Sox, Padres, Nationals and Mariners. He was a teammate of new Dodgers manager Dave Roberts with the 2006 Padres, and they were both in the Indians minor league system together for three months in 2001.
Bard was a non-roster invitee to Dodgers camp in spring training at Camelback Ranch in 2012, and he spent his final professional season as a player with in Triple-A Albuquerque, as a backup catcher and pseudo coach.
Back in 2013, Stephen Fife during spring training spoke highly of Bard in helping him to improve his major league aspirations, and offered this anecdote which gave notice to Bard's coaching intentions.
"We talked a lot last year about what he was going to do in the next years to come, and his vision for helping minor leaguers progress, Fife said. "His view is that you could be good at a level, but unless you are doing the right things it doesn’t matter.
"You could have a 2.00 ERA in A-ball, but the guy who has a 4.00 ERA who is actually getting to both sides of the plate instead of just blowing guys away with belt-high fastballs. The guy with the 2.00 ERA with belt-high fastballs is not going to go anywhere, but the kid with the 4.00 ERA and is working on sinking the baseball and going corner to corner is going to advance."
The Dodgers major league coaching staff remains officially unannounced, but the known reported staff to dateincludes bench coach Bob Geren, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, hitting coach Turner Ward, assistant hitting coach Tim Hyers, first base coach Gabe Kapler, third base coach Chris Woodward and now Bard.