July 21, 2012 |
Juan Pierre finds it amusing that he is among the many Phillies who have been mentioned in trade rumors as the July 31 deadline nears. While impending free agents Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino have occupied the bulk of the rumors, Pierre has been mentioned for teams looking for a veteran outfielder. Pierre entered Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the San Francisco Giants batting .312. He says he hasn't wasted a single second worrying about trade rumors. "I was a nonroster invitee, so 30 teams didn't think I was good enough to make a big- league team," Pierre said before Friday's game, talking about his spring predicament.
March 31, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - They played night ball for the first time in 2012 on Friday, the latest sign meaningful baseball is closer. Back in Clearwater, workers loaded the Phillies players' vehicles on two car carriers bound for Philadelphia. On Sunday, the Phillies will head north and leave a forgettable spring behind in Florida. And there's a good chance manager Charlie Manuel will think about his lineup during the two-hour flight home. "I've got a few," Manuel said. "I think it's going to take a few. We'll see. We could have a different lineup a lot. " There are moving parts in a new reality that does not include Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for the foreseeable future.
August 31, 2012 |
THE FIELD was empty save a coach, a groundskeeper and one small man scurrying about gathering baseballs. Juan Pierre had just pushed about two dozen balls from the batter's box to various coordinates of the infield, spraying them uniformly as if diagramming something. Now he needed to collect them and do it again. This was slightly after 3:30 on Tuesday, and Pierre seemed to be in a slight panic, as if a timer was about to go off before he could finish his preparation. "Do you do this every day?"
January 28, 2012 |
The Phillies amicably avoided arbitration with one outfielder Friday and signed another who could bring speed to the bench. Hunter Pence agreed to a one-year, $10.4 million contract for 2012, settling at the midpoint between salary figures the two sides submitted for a potential arbitration hearing. And Juan Pierre, a 12-year veteran, signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies for a chance to make the team in spring training. Pence's signing was guaranteed; the question was whether the Phillies would buy out his final two years of arbitration or just go year-to-year.
November 18, 2012 |
The Miami Marlins, who last week traded away a large chunk of their team - and contractual obligations - reportedly agreed to terms with Phillies free-agent outfielder Juan Pierre on Saturday. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported the agreement. No terms were available. Pierre, a 13-year veteran, signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies in January and was invited to spring training. He wound up staying with the team through the entire season, playing in 130 games and batting .307 with a .351 on-base percentage.
August 14, 2012 |
WE HAVE REACHED a point where the standings play as big of a role as the situation, and so it was that Charlie Manuel decided to give Michael Schwimer a crack at the inning that has bedeviled his bullpen all season. The 26-year-old rookie is the kind of player who will help shape future roster decisions, and with the Phillies well outside of the playoff race, now would seem to be a good time to get a firm handle on what, exactly, they have on their roster. At least, that seemed to be the thinking when Manuel tapped Schwimer to face the Cardinals with the score tied in the top of the eighth on Sunday.
April 5, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - The Phillies will once again enter a season on the verge of the luxury-tax threshold. In fact, they are so close that we probably will not know until the end of the year whether they have eclipsed it. Right now, the Phillies have a projected official payroll of about $170.63 million. But only $166.57 million of that is in the form of guaranteed contracts. Right now, the Phillies are essentially paying two second basemen, since Chase Utley doesn't stop getting paid because he is injured.
October 17, 2009 |
THE PLAY: In what should have been yet another routine doubleplay, Chase Utley throws wide of first baseman Ryan Howard for the second straight game. The ball caroms off the visitor's dugout to score pinch-runner Juan Pierre and tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. THE SETUP: With runners at first and second, Dodgers catcher Russell Martin swings on a 3-2 count and rips a grounder down the third-base line that Pedro Feliz snags and relays to Utley, forcing Ronnie Belliard out at second.
October 2, 2003 |
The Florida Marlins got the split they so desperately needed at Pacific Bell Park, and did it by getting away from the small ball that sent them on their improbable playoff journey. Juan Encarnacion homered and Juan Pierre wound up with a bases-loaded double on a misplay by Jose Cruz Jr. in a decisive three-run sixth as the Marlins defeated the sloppy San Francisco Giants, 9-5, in Game 2 of the National League Division Series yesterday. After Barry Bonds helped the Giants take a 4-1 lead, Sidney Ponson couldn't hold it. Pierre had four hits as the Marlins rallied to send the best-of-five series back to Florida at one apiece.
February 26, 2012 |
Inside the Phillies CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was late September 2003, and the Phillies were playing Juan Pierre's Florida Marlins at whatever that football stadium in South Florida was called at the time. The Phillies trailed the Marlins by one game in the National League wild-card race when they arrived. After the Marlins won the second game of the series to all but assure themselves of a spot in the playoffs, Pierre glanced into the visitors' dugout and was amused by what he saw. "I forget exactly how we won, but Larry Bowa threw his scorecard, and all these other papers just started flying all over the dugout," Pierre said, a huge smile crossing his face.