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Juan Pierre in Baltimore would be the bestest thing ever

Sep 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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The Orioles lost Nick Markakis for the year, and that leaves a hole in the outfield. Danny Knobler has a suggestion:

With Nick Markakis out with a broken thumb, Juan Pierre could help the Orioles. Markakis was their leadoff hitter. Pierre, who has 34 steals and a .346 on-base percentage for the Phillies, would give manager Buck Showalter another option to replace him.

Knobler says there is interest on the part of the Orioles, but the Phillies may be loathe to deal.

I have an interest in this.  Not because I care about the O’s so much, but I want to see something beautiful happen: the Orioles winning the World Series with a lineup that includes Juan Pierre, Lew Ford and Nate McLouth.  It would probably end sabermetrics as we know it.

UPDATE: OK, yeah, you’re right. He wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason since he’d be acquired after September 1. Still: making the playoffs on Pierre power, and having Ford and McLouth take them the rest of the way would still be pretty bitchin’.

  1. cur68 - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Man, The Ophence in Baltimore? That would be crazy cool. Go for it Baltimore. He’s The Ophence!

  2. edgarallan926 - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Baltimore beat writers are saying that the surgery that Markakis is getting could shave 3 weeks off of his recovery time. Pierre may only be needed through the rest of the year if Markakis could be back by the first weekend in October.

    If they’re even able to make it there….

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    OK, yeah, you’re right. He wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason since he’d be acquired after September 1.

    Can’t they just use the DL shenanigans that everyone else uses?

    • pipkin42 - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      Yeah. The DL rules are dizzyingly Byzantine. As a public service, could one of you blogger-types do a breakdown of what exactly teams can and can’t do?

  4. proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Dear Craig! Can I sign you up for membership in SHIT (Sabremetrics Haters Internet Team)?

    • Old Gator - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      SHIT. I like that. Nice work with acrostics, PC.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        Thanks. It took a few minutes to come up with it.

  5. geoknows - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Ahem…Jeff Francoeur?

  6. greymares - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    “ah, hem” I don’t think the Phillies have thrown in the towel yet, after all they are closer now than the Cardinals were at this time last year.

  7. beast2727 - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    That would be BA

  8. chaseutley - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Why would the Phillies give up Pierre now? We’re 6 games back in the Wild Card as I type this. What’s more is that we’ve got a pretty easy schedule.

    We’ve got 3 games left against the Braves and 6 against the Nats who will likely be without Strasburg and on cruise control by then.

    Other than that, we’ve got 13 games against the Marlins, Mets and Astros.

    We may not have enough time to get there, but we will definitely have the Cardinals and Dodgers doing a little extra scoreboard watching.

    • bravojawja - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      Going 13-9 won’t get you in the postseason.

      • chaseutley - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        You’re right. 13-9 will not get the Phillies to the playoffs. But 15-6 (what they are in their last 21 and reasonably achievable considering the upcoming schedule) will get them close.

      • bravojawja - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        The warning track is close, too, but still an out.

  9. schmedley69 - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Let’s see, for the entire first half of the season, Buster Olney was obsessed with seeing Cole Hamels wearing Dodger Blue, and then it was Ken Rosenthal who thought that the Phils should just let the Dodgers have Cliff Lee. Now they should just let the O’s have Juan Pierre. Hmmm, last I checked, the Phils are playing great baseball and creeping up on the 2nd wild card spot. They might just need Juan Pierre themselves. There has been talk that they want him back next year too. The Phillies aren’t running a friggin charity.

    And I’ve got news for you people: the Orioles might be closer to a playoff spot than the Phillies, but the Phillies are a much better team. They are much better than the Dodgers as well. A perfect storm of injuries crippled them for much of the year, but the Fightin’s are back, baby, and if they sneak their way into the playoffs, look out! Even if they don’t, their window is far from closed as all of the national writers would have you believe.

    The future looks bright for the Phils, and we will be back to own the National League again next season, and Phillies fans will once again own this board. Enjoy your year at the top, Nats. Thanks for keeping the seat warm. If we don’t get a chance to knock you off in the playoffs this year, we will surely be back to reclaim the division next season.

  10. Jonny 5 - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    You just enjoy the thought of how Philly fans will be making sad faces over a deal sending Pierre to Baltimore. Stop the charade already!

  11. vallewho - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    I was going to remind Calcaterra that it’s Sep 10.

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