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Juan Pierre cannot be killed

May 15, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

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Just when it looked like things couldn’t possibly get any worse, Juan Pierre grounded into two double plays for just the second time in his career Sunday.

He actually did have a hit in four at-bats against the A’s.  But he was promptly picked off first base afterwards.

Pierre is currently sitting at .242/.314/.268 for the season.  He hasn’t even attempted a steal in 12 days after opening the season by getting caught on eight of his first 14 attempts. His play in left field has also drawn some criticism, though it certainly has more to do with him having the worst arm of any major league outfielder than with any lack of effort.

In spite of it all, manager Ozzie Guillen is standing by his man.  As he told the Chicago Tribune:

“He’ll be there batting first again. I don’t worry about him because he’s a professional. He will battle. That’s not the first time he’s been through it. He’ll find a way.”

The White Sox do have alternatives, as I wrote in the Strike Zone on Saturday:

Jordan Danks, John’s younger brother, has been showing big-time power at Triple-A Charlotte and is up to .245/.341/.557 with eight homers and 25 RBI in 106 at-bats. Dayan Viciedo is playing left field for Charlotte most days and is hitting .304/.345/.486 in 138 at-bats. According to reports, Viciedo, who signed with the White Sox as a third baseman, hasn’t displayed much range in left field, so he’d be a clear downgrade from Pierre defensively. Danks would probably be an upgrade there, but he does have big issues making contact (33 strikeouts in 31 games) and I don’t think he’d hit for average in the majors. It still wouldn’t be a bad idea for the White Sox to give Danks a try, but they’ll probably give Pierre a couple of more weeks first.

Guillen certainly won’t be quick to make a switch.  But if the White Sox can get better and younger at the same time, they really need to go for it.

  1. kowloonwc - May 15, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Worst player in the major leagues by fWAR at -1.2.

    • Old Gator - May 15, 2011 at 11:48 PM

      Second-dumbest manager in the major leagues by a self-similar plot of a Fibonacci series of differential equations that result in a Mandelbrot set closely resembling said manager’s distended gut and jowels.

      • talbaugh - May 16, 2011 at 12:04 AM

        how would one construct a fibonacci series of differential equations?

        -degree in mathematics

      • Old Gator - May 16, 2011 at 12:09 AM

        Just stack ‘em up such that the result of each successive equation is double the result of the one before it.

        It’s as easy as using Bernoulli to analyze the flow of traffic through a construction zone on the Palmetto Expressway.

      • rebarratige - May 16, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        “Just stack ‘em up such that the result of each successive equation is double the result of the one before it.”

        Fibonacci series =/= series in which each number is two times the previous number in the series.

        /pedantry

  2. Old Gator - May 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    I have also considered the problem of killing Juan Pierre. I suggest sending down two divers with an oxygen destroyer.

    • Ari Collins - May 16, 2011 at 12:17 AM

      We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

      • Old Gator - May 16, 2011 at 12:27 AM

        I think the Lucky Dragon is available if you want to do a little feeshing on the side.

  3. hep3 - May 16, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    And to think that most of Pierre’s salary is still being paid by Frank McCourt.

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