“Hopefully, people quit talking about him,” Guillen said after the Sox (40-42) won for only the fourth time in 36 games in which they trailed after seven innings. “All those people in Chicago, every day I guess they don’t have a subject to talk about. And Juan Pierre’s name comes up every day. Like I say, as long as I’m here or he is here, he’s going to play because I think we need him.”
If we stop talking about Pierre, will his 69 wRC+ improve?
Ozzie defends Pierre’s poor basestealing by saying that he needs to get on base to steal, but that’s not truly the case, as the numbers bear out. More privately, Guillen does admit that he thinks Pierre is a step slow.
… Ozzie finally had to draw on a stat that falls outside of the typical analytical tools in his defense of Pierre: “There’s one guy since I’ve managed this ballclub that’s Chicago tough—that’s Juan Pierre.”