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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Phillies’ Pierre setting a good example for young teammates

It’s somewhat surprising that Pierre is still here. When it became apparent that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would be conducting a clearance sale at the trade deadline, Pierre was a likely candidate to be moved elsewhere.

Not so, Amaro said.

“I wasn’t all that anxious to move him,” the general manager said Monday night. “He has been the consummate professional. He has played well and contributed well for us, and I have no complaints. There is no real reason or urgency to move the guy.”

Amaro said teams have inquired about Pierre, but he is not inclined to give away a guy hitting .313 with a .352 on-base percentage without receiving legitimate compensation.

“There is no reason to do it,” Amaro said.

...Pierre had more than 700 plate appearances in his previous two seasons with the Chicago White Sox, so this season was an adjustment even when he was playing on a semi-regular basis. He admitted that he’d prefer to be playing more now, but he stopped well short of complaining about it.

“Once they made those trades and I wasn’t going anywhere, I was aware of the situation,” Pierre said. “I was one of those young guys once, so I totally understand. They don’t have that many ties to me. They don’t owe me a lot of money. I haven’t been here a lot of years, but whatever way I can help, I’m willing to help.”

Thanks to Parky.

Repoz Posted: August 08, 2012 at 07:38 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: August 08, 2012 at 10:41 AM (#4203092)
How secure Amaro must be in his job.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: August 08, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4203098)
Not that it necessarily justifies keeping him around if you can get some talent back in return, but virtually everyone* says the exact same thing about Pierre. By all accounts, his work ethic/professionalism are unmatched.

* Phredbird excepted. His hatred of JP is pretty all-encompassing.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 08, 2012 at 10:49 AM (#4203107)
At least we can safely say giving him the "backup" outfielder job over Scott Podsednik was the right move.
   4. AROM Posted: August 08, 2012 at 11:03 AM (#4203133)
Pierre has been the 2nd best position player on the team, after Chooch. That should pretty much sum up the season for Philly.

Really, if Pierre hit .300 with a .350 OBP every year, and stole bases at a high success rate, he'd be a very valuable player. Looking at his career, he only does that in about 40% of his seasons. Hitting .280 with a .320 OBP won't cut it given his other limitations.
   5. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 08, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4203278)
If you're breaking in some young players having a veteran who is a good influence is hardly the worst thing in the world. It's not like Pierre is going to bring back a massive return in a trade and the benefits of a guy like Domonic Brown learning how to play "the right way" are probably higher than the benefits of a Single A lottery ticket in the long run.
   6. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 08, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4203305)
Pierre's CHIAR** is off the charts! As semi-virulently opposed to having JP on the roster this April, he has been the epitome of a veteran contributing however he can. He's been better tracking balls than I remember (perhaps LF vs. CF???). But as AROM notes, .280/.320/.320 or whatever we would expect for next year, ain't gonna do it.

**Club House Influence Above Replacement.
   7. will Posted: August 08, 2012 at 01:57 PM (#4203388)
The most interesting point in this article is near the end, where Amaro comments that he wishes Rollins would join Pierre in his extra bunting practice. Rollins has been treated with kid gloves by management,the manager and the media, when you consider he is a $11 MM/ year guy, who hits .250, and often doesn't run out ground balls. Maybe this is a sign that the twelve year honeymoon is coming to an end.......
   8. GEB4000 Posted: August 08, 2012 at 02:07 PM (#4203404)
When you're ability is somewhere between mediocre and bad, you better be the greatest guy in the world otherwise you won't have a job. Ricky Henderson was the greatest guy in the world when he was hitting .250 (at .250 he's still better than 2012 Pierre).
   9. phredbird Posted: August 08, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4203520)
* Phredbird excepted. His hatred of JP is pretty all-encompassing.

i'll admit it verges on the irrational, but i stand by my basic assertion that he isn't worth keeping around, esp. for what the dodgers were paying him. and don't get me started on andruw jones. i'm still scarred psychologically from that.
   10. phredbird Posted: August 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM (#4203521)
Pierre has been the 2nd best position player on the team, after Chooch. That should pretty much sum up the season for Philly.


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