What's a Juan Pierre?
I am rather flummoxed by the negative perception of Juan Pierre and his debut as a Dodger in '07. His numbers were status quo, which is above average for other players in the league. Had he not been relegated to the number two slot in the hitting order, I suspect his overall numbers would have been even better. Beyond that, I feel that had he and Furcal swapped hitting order, the Dodgers would have fared considerably better as a team. Pierre is among the very best leadoff hitters in the game and the "Castillo/Pierre" model that Little was hoping for from Furcal/Pierre did not pan out. If anyone should be the subject of discontent as far as the Pierre signing is concerned, that onus should be on Colletti, not on Pierre.
Rafael Furcal, on the other hand, was an unmitigated disaster. His injury notwithstanding, he was statistically the worst shortstop defensively in baseball and his offense putrid. I have doubts about his rebound in '08 and would like to see him traded post haste.
The perception which gives Furcal a free pass is that he appears to be playing harder than Pierre, who somehow is perceived as a malingerer. This could not be farther from the truth. I am disturbed at the considerable degradation Pierre receives from fans of the team. It is not supportable to me and wreaks of something far more foul, which we know that Dodgers and their fans have been guilty of over the decades. Where have you gone Jackie Robinson?