Found March 30, 2012 on The Flagrant Fan:
Juan Pierre evokes a lot of strong opinions from people. In an age of statistical data and the prominence of those who interpret that data, Pierre has often been the fodder of conversation. And thus, when he signed a minor league contract before the season with the Philadelphia Phillies, that conversation intensified. Now, he has made the team's opening day roster. Whoo boy. Let the fun begin.  As has been written in this space before, Juan Pierre is a statistical toy. Nobody in baseball has struck out less than Juan Pierre. Nobody in the game has had more bunt base hits. Nobody else in the game has stolen more bases while not being particularly good at it than Juan Pierre. Pierre has racked up over 700 plate appearances the last two seasons. For all that playing time, has given him the grand total of 1.8 rWAR over the past two seasons combined (1.8 rWAR in 2010 and 0 in 2011). Fangraphs rated him higher in 2010 at 2.9 but lower last year at -0.4 fWAR. ...

Luna Wins it vs Rays; Pierre Contract Picked Up

Juan Pierre is in.Let’s start with the big news: Juan Pierre is on the 40-man roster, officially, according to the Phillies (thanks to the beats down in Clearwater).Pierre being on the club does not preclude Scott Podsenik from being on the roster, as well. Phillies GM Benny Looper told us on 97.3 ESPN FM just minutes ago that both men could be on the team on opening day depending...

As spots dwindle, Pierre wins roster spot with Phils

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Juan Pierre is Officially a Phillie

34 year old outfielder Juan Pierre’s contract was picked up by the Phillies today, guaranteeing him a spot on the opening day roster. The Phillies had to make a decision on Pierre by tomorrow, as Pierre was able to ask for his release if he was not put on the roster. Juan Pierre gives the Phillies some versatility and some speed off of the bench. Left field could be of particular...

Thurston, Worley, Galvis, Utley & Hamels

*Phillies signed old buddy Joe Thurston to a minor league contract after his release from the Astros. Joe is 32 years old and plays 2nd and 3rd base as well as some LF. He'll add depth at Triple-A with the Phillies entire starting infield already injured or likely to be. In 7 MLB seasons he's played in 184 games and hit .226/.629. In other words, not very good. In 2006 he...

Spring Training Gameday: Yankees v. Phillies

Time: 7:05 pm, Legends Field – Tampa, FL Weather: 20% Chance of Thunder Storms, 75 TV: Sorry folks, this one is not on TV tonight. Follow Phillies Nation on TwitterThe Phils are down to 29 healthy players in camp as they enter the final full week of Spring Training. Juan Pierre leads off in left field while Freddy Galvis returns to the line-up. Mike Stutes was supposed to throw...

South Jersey’s Rice and Others Released by Phils

On the heels of a string of cuts this week, the Phillies released three more players from minor league camp on Friday, including outfielders Bill Rice (pictured) and Brent Clevlen as well as catcher Jeff Lanning.Rice, a native of Sewell, NJ, was signed by the Phillies following a tryout at Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park in June, 2010. Always a standout at every amateur level he...

Phillies Phlashback Phriday- Rader & Luzinski (Sold)

The Philadelphia Phillies we all know and love today are not the same penny-pinching cheap bastards of yesteryear. Ownership used to cut corners whenever and wherever they could. Selling players or trading them for "cash considerations" was common practice. Which leads me to today's flashback...March 30, 1980 - Dave Rader is sent to the Boston Red Sox for a player to...

2012 MLB Team Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies logo. The Philadelphia Phillies have been a force in Major League Baseball, winning 102 games in 2011. Over the past five years the Phillies have built a résumé that includes NL East champs five times; 2008 World Series Champs, almost repeating again in 2009; and played in the NLDS the last two seasons. This ball-club is a perennial favorite and has been...

VIDEO – Something to Make Phillies’ Fans Feel Good About

It’s been a pretty tough Spring for Phillies fans.  There hasn’t been much good news to talk about, and nationally and locally, people are proclaiming the Phillies amazing run of success at its end.  I’ve even felt that way myself.  There are definitely reasons to be concerned about this team.  Heading into a season without two of the team’s biggest stars is a huge obstacle...

A Fan’s Take: Leaving Clearwater

(This post was written by Phillies Nation contributor Nick McIlwain, of 93.3 WMMR in Philadelphia. He’s part of the Preston and Steve show. Check them out Monday through Friday from 5:30-10 am.)———————————–Leaving Clearwater is tough to do.I’m flying back from Clearwater, leaving the 80 degree sunny weather and for some inexplicable reason, returning...

Spring Training Gameday: Blue Jays v. Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm, Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL Weather: 30% Chance of Rain, 77 TV: MLB.TV Follow Phillies Nation on TwitterThe Phils play their last Spring home game of 2012 at Bright House Field as Doc matches up against his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays. The biggest surprise of today’s line-up is the inclusion of Hector Luna at second. Luna last played second base...

Phillies Infield Grasping at Straws

After trading utility infielder Wilson Valdez for a minor league pitcher in January, things have gone steadily downhill since then. In an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this month, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. finally admitted that the Valdez trade was “foolish.” His exact quote was, “It was foolish to trade Wilson Valdez” and Amaro then admitted if he could go back in time...

My Two Cents Podcast 3/31/2012

Steve and Connie Mack break down the Philadelphia Phillies and add a little Flyers talk. With opening day this week, get the inside scoop and best opinions about the Phillies. Listen to My Two Cents live on Thursdays only on My Two Cents 3-31-12
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