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    No way we?re letting the opportunity to write about Juan Pierre pass us up"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceBaseball Hall of FamePast and PresentClassic Rockies: Remembering Juan Pierre?s career in ColoradoNew Tony Conigliaro Jersey ,2commentsNo way we?re letting the opportunity to write about Juan Pierre pass us upMSTShareTweetShareShareClassic Rockies: Remembering Juan Pierre?s career in ColoradoThis might be the last time we?ll have an opportunity to write about Juan Pierre. And, damnit, we?re going to take it.Pierre is on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot for the first, and very likely the last, time. As of this writing, he hasn?t received a single vote on publicly available ballots. In order to get the required 5% of the vote to stay on the ballot next year, he?ll need to get about 21 votes from the roughly 260 ballots of unknown content ? about 8%. I don?t think he?ll make it. Still, Pierre had a career worth remembering, and it started with the Rockies. The Rockies drafted Pierre out of the University of South Alabama in the 13th round of the 1998 draft. The left-handed center fielder?s calling cards were defense, speed, and contact. He was, therefore, not your typical turn-of-the-millennium player. After spending just one full season in the minors, Pierre made his major league debut on August 7 , 2000. He pinch ran for Todd Helton in an 8-7 loss against the Pirates at Coors Field. Pierre made his first start the next day, playing center field and going 2-for-5 with a run scored from the leadoff spot in a 6-1 win over Pittsburgh. In his third game, also against the Pirates, he stole his first baseespite the August debut, Pierre received enough playing time to exceed rookie eligibility in 2000. He hit .310/.353/.320 for an OPS+ of 57, and he even received a Rookie of the Year vote. Back then, the .300 average was enough for someone to throw him that vote. Over the next two seasons, Pierre was the Rockies? every day center fielder and leadoff man. In 2001 he hit .327/.378/.415, which was good for an OPS+ of 89, and led the league with 46 stolen bases. Perhaps the most incredible stat from Pierre?s 2001 season, however, was that he played half his games at pre-humidor Coors Field and hit a total of two home runs, both of them coming on the road. By comparison, 27 of Todd Helton?s 49 home runs in 2001 came at Coors Field. Pierre?s second full year as a starter wasn?t nearly as good as his first. He hit just .287/.332/.343 Steve Pearce Jersey , for an OPS+ of 69. Pierre?s lone home run in 2002 also came on the road. It makes sense, then, that the Rockies viewed Pierre as expendable. That led to him becoming a part a notable occasion in Rockies history: Pierre was traded with Mike Hampton to the Florida Marlins after the 2002 offseason. The memorable returns were Charles Johnson and Pierre?s center field replacement, Preston Wilson. The trade, for Pierre, was fortuitous, as he won a World Series with the Marlins in 2003. He played for them through the 2005 season. In his final season as a member of the Marlins, Pierre hit his first and only home run at Coors Field ? something he didn?t do in 181 games and 778 plate appearances as a member of the Rockies. Pierre played for four more teams over the next seven seasons before returning to the Marlins in 2013, his final season. 鈽?鈽?鈽匬erhaps my favorite fun fact about Juan Pierre has to do with the question of baseball value. Pierre?s value was entirely derived from defense, speed, and his ability to put the ball in play. His strikeout rate never exceeded 8.1%. However, Pierre wasn?t very good at taking walks, as his single season walk rate maxed out at 7.4%. That greatly limited his offensive value. And, it should be clear by now J. D. Martinez Jersey , Pierre wasn?t much of a power guy. And yet, if we take Baseball Reference?s Wins Above Replacement as a relatively accurate measure of overall value, Pierre had basically the same career as someone who was the opposite of him in just about every way possible: Adam Dunn. Pierre?s seasons played: 14Dunn?s seasons played: 14Pierre?s career games played: 1,994Dunn?s career games played: 2,001Pierre?s career plate appearances: 8,280Dunn?s career plate appearances: 8,328Pierre?s career home runs: 18Dunn?s career home runs: 462Pierre?s career stolen bases: 614Dunn?s career stolen bases: 63 Pierre?s career strikeout and walk rates: 8.2%/3.9%Dunn?s career strikeout and walk rates: 28.6%/15.8%Pierre?s defense: Pretty good at an important positionDunn?s defense: Very bad wherever he playedPierre?s career rWAR: 17.1Dunn?s career rWAR: 17.4It?s pretty incredible that two guys can have such different careers and end up in the same place in terms of overall value. Dunn hit more home runs in 66 games during his rookie season than Pierre hit in his entire career; Pierre exceeded Dunn?s career stolen base total in a single season three separate times. Dunn began and ended his career one year after Pierre. It?ll be interesting to see if Dunn receives more love from voters than Pierre is getting, which, as far as we know, is none at all. Pierre?s time with the Rockies was short. But any player who gets their career started and off the ground in Colorado is sure worth remembering. We have to take those opportunities. The news is slow and the weather is cold"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastBird DroppingsSunday Bird Droppings: Where it?s time for the winter meetingsNew,14commentsThe news is slow and the weather is coldByStaceyDec9, 2018,9:00am ESTShareTweetShareShareSunday Bird Droppings: Where it?s time for the winter meetingsTommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsHappy Sunday, Camden Chatters! I trust you?re all having a relaxing Paul Goldschmidt Jersey , enjoyable weekend as we draw closer to the end of the year. Still nothing much going on with the Orioles, but maybe that?ll change this week with the winter meetings starting tomorrow in Las Vegas. Who knows what is on Mike Elias?s agenda? The Orioles will go into the winter meetings without a manager, but I don?t really think that matters. At this point, what?s the rush? Here is a paltry list of links. Don?t blame me! There isn?t much to say about the Orioles on a Sunday in December. What to watch as Orioles head to first winter meetings led by Mike Elias - Baltimore SunJon Meoli looks at what might be on the O?s agenda this week. Bundy on importance of veteran catcher, Mancini on role and rebuild - School of RochTrey Mancini has a lot to say. He's working very hard and taking nothing for granted!Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies:Tony Batista played for the Orioles from 2001-03. He managed 99 RBI in 2003 despite having just a .270 OBP. He turns 45 today. Tony Tarasco is of course best known for the catch he didn?t make in the 1996 postseason against the Yankees. He played for the Orioles from 1996-97 and turns 48 years old today. Darold Knowles is not, to my knowledge, related to Beyonce. His 16-season career started in Baltimore where he pitched in five games for the O?s. He turns 77 today. Billy Klaus played in a utility role for the Orioles from 1959-60. Today would have been Mr. Klaus?s 90th birthday but he passed away in 2006. On this day in 1965, the Cincinnati Reds traded Frank Robinson to the Orioles for Milt Pappas,Jack Baldschun, and Dick Simpson. That was a good day. In 2008 the Orioles traded Ramon Hernandez to the Reds to make room for Matt Wieters. In 2010, the Orioles traded two guys you?ve probably never heard of for J.J. Hardy. Another good day.