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Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: April 6, 2011 12:19 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Juan PierreWith Adam Dunn out of the White Sox's lineup due to an emergency appendectomy, Ozzie Guillen's replaced him in the lineup with… Juan Pierre?

Pierre is in Chicago's lineup as the team's designated hitter, leading off for Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Royals and left-hander Jeff Francis.

Pierre has 14 career home runs, while Dunn has 355 homers in 733 fewer career plate appearances. Pierre does have 469 more stolen bases in his career than Dunn.

Pierre had started every game this season in left field, so it's probably more accurate that Lastings Milledge is in the lineup because of Dunn's absence. Milledge is in left, batting seventh.

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Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:14 am
 

Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

Also, Guillen has shown that when he does not have a big time DH (like Thome) he is more than willing to give people days off in the field and rotate the DH position around.  It would not suprise me at all if this is what he does until Dunn is back.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

Really? I was under the impression that Ichiro hit leadoff during that span and won an AL MVP while batting plus .300 and 200+ hits during those years as well, but, yes Juan Pierre is better



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

"probably more accurate that milledge is replacing him"

Are you a dumbass? Its 100% MORE ACCURATE to say this.




Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

well stated Bowman.....pretty much sums it up......



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

Any particular reason why he wouldn't just put Pierre in left and DH Milledge?  Doesn't seem to make sense at first blush...



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

Change the ML roster count from 25 to 26 to account for the "lost jobs" the MLBPA will piss and moan about but make the AL and NL equal.
I think the MLBPA would still complain.  Because player #26 is likely a league mimimum guy, let's say 500K.  Compare that to what Adam Dunn, David Ortiz, etc are making, and the extra roster spot hardly makes up for it.  Average "starting" DH probably make 5-6 mil, or 5-10 times what that the guy in that last roster spot would make.
 
I would love for the DH to go, but that would take a large concession from the players, and sadly I do not see it happening.

Also, since this is Sox story, I would like to point out that Frank Thomas spent way more time at DH than 1B.  He is the best DH of all time, and will likely get a HOF plaque.  But point taken, Martinez was an elite player at that "position".



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

by Chicago, I mean the Cubs not the White Sox.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

Juan Pierre is not washed up. He is the best leadoff hitter and base stealer in baseball and has been since 2000. He had the unfortunate luck of playing under stupid managers in Chicago and Los Angeles for a few years of the past decade. Ozzie is the best manager in baseball right now since Cox retired and he knows how to use Pierre better than anyone else.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

Memo to Bud Selig
re: abolishing the DH rule

It's time for this "position" to go.  The designated hitter brings nothing to the game except more scoring and washed-up players hanging on past their daily usefulness.  Change the ML roster count from 25 to 26 to account for the "lost jobs" the MLBPA will piss and moan about but make the AL and NL equal.
I respect the skills that some players known primarily as DHs have brought to the table but if you can do nothing more than hit the ball, it's time to pick up a glove and contribute throughout the game.  I don't think my sentiment is that far out of the mainstream-- if it was, Edgar Martinez would be in the Hall of Fame by now.  Let's face it, if the best DH of all-time can't get a plaque in the HOF, the position needs to go away.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Pierre replaces Dunn as Chicago's DH

The DH spot is also for washed up players who are past their prime, like ... say ... Jorge Posada.


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