Juan Pierre

Juan D'Vaughn Pierre (born August 14, 1977) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2000–2013 for the Colorado Rockies, Florida/Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies. Known for his speed, he stole 614 bases in his career, the 18th-most in MLB history at the time of his retirement. He worked as an MLB Network on-air analyst before joining the Marlins as a Minor League Outfield Coordinator for the 2019 season.[1]

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Juan Pierre on June 10, 2012
Pierre with the Philadelphia Phillies
Center fielder / Left fielder
Born: August 14, 1977 (age 41)
Mobile, Alabama
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 7, 2000, for the Colorado Rockies
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 2013, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
Batting average.295
Hits2,217
Home runs18
Runs batted in517
Stolen bases614
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early years

Pierre was born in Mobile, Alabama to Derry and James. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Alexandria, Louisiana. The Pierres have been deeply rooted in Louisiana since colonial times and are of Creole heritage. Pierre was named after Dominican Hall of Fame pitcher and former Giants player Juan Marichal, his father's favorite player, who also gave him his middle name, D'Vaughn, because he said it had a "good rhyme to it."[2]

Pierre attended Alexandria Senior High School.

College

Prior to his professional career, he played at Galveston College and the University of South Alabama, where he was 1998 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.

Minor leagues

Pierre began his professional career with the Portland Rockies of the Northwest League after being selected by Colorado in the 13th round of the 1998 MLB draft. He won the league batting and stolen base titles in his first professional season with 38 and was a fan favorite even at that level. Pierre moved on to the Asheville Tourists the following year, again batting well over .300 and began 2000 with the Carolina Mudcats before finishing the year in Colorado.

Major leagues

Colorado Rockies

Pierre made his major league debut on August 7, 2000, as a pinch runner for the Rockies against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made his first start in center field the following day and got his first hit in the first inning off José Silva.

Florida Marlins

On November 16, 2002, Pierre was traded along with Mike Hampton and cash to the Florida Marlins for Charles Johnson, Preston Wilson, Vic Darensbourg, and Pablo Ozuna.

In the 2003 regular season, Pierre posted a .305 batting average, led the NL in games played (162), at bats (668), stolen bases (65), and sacrifice hits (15), and he led the majors with the lowest strikeout percentage (5.2%).[3] During the post-season, he was a major contributor to the Marlins' 2003 World Series championship. He batted .333 in the World Series and .301 overall in his first playoff experience.

In 2004, he led the National League in at-bats (for the second year in a row) with 678; hits (221); triples (12); games played (162); bunt hits (24);[4] infield hits (38);[4] (5.2%).[3] In addition, he was the only major league player to play every inning of each of his team's games.

In 2005, Pierre led the National League in games played (162) and had the third-lowest strikeout percentage in baseball (6.9%).[5]

Chicago Cubs

Juan Pierre on April 11, 2006
Pierre batting for the Cubs in 2006.

On December 7, 2005, the Marlins traded Pierre to the Chicago Cubs, receiving pitchers Sergio Mitre, Ricky Nolasco, and Renyel Pinto in exchange. The deal was motivated by the Marlins' need to cut payroll after being unable to secure a new stadium deal in South Florida.

In 2006, while batting .292, Pierre led the NL with 204 hits, winning his second hit title, and he led the NL in at-bats (699), games played (162), bunt hits (21), infield hits (30),[6], and lowest strikeout percentage (5.4%).[7] He also tied for the major league lead in times reached base on an error (13),[8] and played perfect defensive baseball, earning a fielding percentage of 1.000. However, he also led the major leagues in outs made (532), the second-highest out total for a player since 1982.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On November 22, 2006, Pierre signed a $44 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[9]

In 2007, Pierre led the majors in bunt hits (19). He also led the NL in games played (162) for the fifth straight year, led the NL in singles (164) for the second straight year, led the league in sacrifice hits (20), and had the lowest strikeout percentage in the NL (5.5%).[10] He was second in the NL in stolen bases (64), third in at bats (668) and plate appearances (729), fourth in hits (196), and ninth in triples (8).

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Pierre during his tenure with the Dodgers in 2008 spring training.

Going into 2008, the Dodgers signed Andruw Jones to a two-year contract to play center field. Because of this, Pierre shifted to left field. After a trip to the DL in July, Pierre was moved into a platoon in center field with the struggling Jones. When the Dodgers traded for Manny Ramirez, Pierre moved to the bench and saw limited action, primarily as a pinch runner the rest of the season.

Manager Joe Torre said of Pierre on MLB.com: "I've delivered bad news to him two years in a row−first with Andruw Jones, then when Manny came on board. He's more understanding about being a backup. He's been a pro through this whole thing."

After nearly two years without hitting a home run, Pierre hit a ball into the right field seats at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on September 15, 2008. It was Pierre's first traditional fly-ball home run since August 28, 2006, also in Pittsburgh.

Prior to the start of the 2009 season, the Dodgers gave Pierre and his agent permission to talk to other teams in hopes of working out a trade because Ramirez's re-signing with the Dodgers pushed Pierre to the backup role in left field.

When Manny Ramirez received a 50-game suspension, Pierre once more became the Dodgers' regular left fielder. During Ramirez's suspension, Pierre delivered a stellar performance that drew praise from fans and critics alike. However, once Ramirez returned, he resumed his previous role of a backup player. In recognition of his hard work, Dodgers fans gave him a standing ovation on July 16− the same game where Ramirez had his first home game since returning from suspension.[11]

Chicago White Sox

On December 15, 2009, Pierre was traded to the Chicago White Sox for two minor league pitching prospects to be named later (Jon Link and John Ely).[12] Pierre led Major League Baseball with 68 stolen bases, the second-most in a single season in franchise history after only Rudy Law's 77 in 1983.[13][14] On August 3, 2010, he hit his first and only home run of 2010 off Rick Porcello. On August 5, 2010, he stole his 500th career base against the Detroit Tigers.

In 2011, Pierre led the major leagues in sacrifice hits (19) and at bats per strikeout (15.6), and he was caught stealing a major-league-leading 17 times (while stealing 27 bases).[15][16] On defense, he tied for the major league lead in errors by a left fielder, with 7.[17]

Philadelphia Phillies

Juan Pierre dives into a base
Pierre diving back into first base on a pickoff attempt

On January 27, 2012 Pierre signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.[18] The Phillies purchased his contract on March 29, and he was subsequently added to their opening day roster. He hit a three-run home run on June 23. On June 28, he got his 500th career RBI. In 130 games−98 starting in left field−Pierre hit .307/.351/.371 with 6 triples and 37 stolen bases.

Miami Marlins

On November 17, 2012, Pierre signed a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Miami Marlins.[19] He played the 2013 season with Miami and became a free agent at the end of the season.

He had hoped to sign with another team and was often mentioned in press reports about teams requiring depth in the outfield to cover for injured or under-performing players.[20] However, he went unsigned for the entire season and announced his retirement from professional baseball on February 27, 2015.[21]

Pierre was eligible to be elected into the Hall of Fame in 2019 but received less than 5% of the vote and became ineligible for the 2020 ballot.

Accomplishments

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Pierre leading off second as Braves reliever Blaine Boyer checks the runner in April 2008.
  • Member of 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins and was named the Marlins' most valuable player by the South Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
  • Received the James "Cool Papa" Bell Legacy Award from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in 2003.
  • Led the National League in stolen bases in 2001 (46) and 2003 (65).
  • Pierre was the only player in baseball to play every inning of all his team's games in 2004 and was only the third player to do it since 1971.
  • On May 9, 2006, Pierre robbed the San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds of a career 714th home run, which would have tied Bonds with Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list, by catching the ball right before it topped the fence.
  • Was the first Marlin to record 200 hits in a season.
  • On July 29, 2008, Pierre stole his 100th base with the Dodgers, becoming only one of four players in MLB history to steal at least 100 bases with three different teams. He previously stole 100 with the Colorado Rockies and 167 with the Florida Marlins. Tommy Harper, Brett Butler, and Otis Nixon are the only others to have accomplished this feat.[22]
  • Pierre tied former Dodgers player Steve Sax on the top 50 career MLB stolen base leaders list with 444 on June 12, 2009, against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.[23] The next day, June 13, he pushed Sax out of the top 50 with his 445th steal, again versus the Rangers in Arlington.[24][25]
  • On June 13, 2010, Pierre broke up Ted Lilly's Crosstown Classic no hitter with a hard-hit line drive up the middle with no outs in the top of the ninth.
  • Led the American League in stolen bases in 2010 (68).
  • On September 8, 2011, Pierre picked up his 2,000th hit against the Cleveland Indians.
  • Pierre stole his 600th base against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 2, 2013, becoming the 18th player in MLB history to reach that mark.

See also

References

  1. ^ Adams, Steve, ed. (23 January 2019). "Marlins Hire Juan Pierre As Minor League Outfield Coordinator". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  2. ^ Sortal, Nick, ed. (25 October 2003). "In Name Only". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Baseball Leaderboard – Advanced – Fan Graphs – 2004". Fan Graphs. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  4. ^ a b "Baseball Leaderboard – Batted Ball – Fan Graphs – 2004". Fan Graphs. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  5. ^ "Baseball Leaderboard – Advanced – Fan Graphs – 2005". Fan Graphs. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  6. ^ "Baseball Leaderboard – Batted Ball – 2006 – Fan Graphs – 2006". Fan Graphs. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  7. ^ "Baseball Leaderboard – Advanced – Fan Graphs – 2006". Fan Graphs. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  8. ^ "2006 Major League Baseball Baserunning/Misc". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  9. ^ Ken Gurnick. "Top-heavy Dodgers sign Pierre". Mlb.com. Archived from the original on 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  10. ^ "Baseball Leaderboard – Advanced – Fan Graphs – 2007". Fan Graphs. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  11. ^ "Juan Pierre finally gets his due". Articles.latimes.com. 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  12. ^ Gurnick, Ken (December 18, 2009). "Dodgers, White Sox complete Pierre deal". MLB.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  13. ^ Gonzales, Mark (September 22, 2010). "Sox to pick up Thornton's option". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  14. ^ Gregor, Scot. "White Sox' Pierre always ready". Daily Herald. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  15. ^ "Adam Jones Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  16. ^ "Juan Pierre Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  17. ^ "2011 Regular Season MLB Baseball LF Fielding Statistics". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  18. ^ "Phillies sign Juan Pierre". Comcast SportsNet Chicago. 2012-01-27. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  19. ^ Frisaro, Joe (November 17, 2012). "Pierre headed back to Marlins". MLB.com.
  20. ^ Mike Axisa CBS Sports, Nationals Have Options to Replace Harper; OF Sidelined Until July, April 28, 2014
  21. ^ "Juan Pierre retires after 14 years". ESPN.com. Associated Press. February 27, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  22. ^ Mike Scarr (2008-07-29). "Pierre joins rare class of base thieves". Losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  23. ^ June 12, 2009 – Rangers 6 – Dodgers 0 box score. – Baseball-Reference.com
  24. ^ June 13, 2009 – Dodgers 3 – Rangers 1 box score. – Baseball-Reference.com
  25. ^ Career Leaders & Records for Stolen Bases. – Baseball-Reference.com

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Baseball stirrups

Stirrups were uniform socks commonly worn by baseball players up until the mid-1990s, when major-league players began wearing their pants down to the ankles, setting a trend soon picked up by players in minor and amateur leagues. Until then, stirrup socks had been an integral part of the traditional baseball uniform, giving them a distinctive look. A high sock was needed because baseball players wore knickerbockers ("knickers"), worn by many boys in the late 19th century and into the 20th century. The stirrup socks served to display team colors, stripes or team logos. For example, for several years the Minnesota Twins wore navy-blue stirrups with "TC" on the side, for "Twin Cities", and in 1987 an "m" was placed on side. The Houston Astros wore navy blue stirrup socks with an orange star on the side. The stirrup sock colors were also the basis of team names, including the Cincinnati Red Stockings, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago White Sox. For these reasons, traditionalists lament the recent "sockless" look in baseball uniforms.

Stirrup socks are worn on top of long socks called "sanitaries," usually white in color. This is because early color dyes in the outer stirrup sock were thought to pose health issues, as well as the fact that the inner, less expensive white sock could be changed more frequently. The stirrup sock lacked a foot, instead having a loop ("stirrup") which fits within the arch of the foot. Over the years, the stirrup loop tended to get longer, exposing more of the white undersock, thus creating a look unique to baseball.

However, by the 1980s many players were pulling the loop so high that only the white undersock and the loop itself showed - the rest of the game sock being hidden by their pants. Eventually, this reached a point where some players only wore vertical lines for stirrups. For many years teams had enforced rules so that uniforms were worn "uniformly", including team socks. For example, Leo Durocher, longtime manager of the Chicago Cubs, had a measuring stick in the clubhouse. Players were required to match the length of their stirrup loops to this stick at about 4 inches, exposing only a small part of the white sanitary. Increasingly lax regulation of uniform codes by Major League Baseball eventually contributed to players ignoring the traditional look.

The Official Baseball Rules are silent on stirrups, but the fact that some players on a team wear them while others do not seems to be in violation of Rule 1.11(a)(1) which states that “all players on a team shall wear uniforms identical in color, trim and style,” as well as Rule 1.11(a)(3) that states “no player whose uniform does not conform to that of his teammates shall be permitted to participate in a game.”The freedom to wear high stirrups or not is remarkable considering how nowadays uniformity is otherwise enforced by MLB. For example, during a 2007 game against the Yankees, with the Yankees threatening to score, Red Sox manager Terry Francona was suddenly called away from the game and questioned by a league executive as to whether he was wearing the required uniform jersey beneath his blue pullover. He wasn’t pleased.Although some teams — particularly college teams — continue to wear traditional baseball stirrup socks, another option has been to replace the stirrup/undersock with a "2 in 1" combination sock that mimics the real thing, or simply to wear a single solid knee-high sock with knickers. The trend back to knickers and high socks is particularly evident among youth and high-school teams. A few pro players, such as Taijuan Walker of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers, Melvin Upton, Jr. of the San Diego Padres, Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies, Casey Janssen of the Washington Nationals, Daniel Descalso of the St. Louis Cardinals, Josh Outman of the Cleveland Indians and Steve Cishek & Juan Pierre of the Miami Marlins, Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays, J.R. Graham of the Minnesota Twins, Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians have been spotted wearing genuine stirrups recently to much fanfare. Several players on the Philadelphia Phillies will either wear stirrups over white sanitary socks, or over red socks, as the Phillies stirrups sport their Liberty Bell logo. The minor-league Springfield Cardinals wear a 2-in-1 version of the traditional St. Louis Cardinals' game sock that looks very much like the real thing.

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Source: Notes:

Historical totals reported by other sources may vary—for example, Baseball-Reference.com ranks Arlie Latham ahead of Eddie Collins, with totals of 742 and 741, respectively.

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