Fourteen-year MLB veteran Juan Pierre called it a career on Friday, announcing his retirement from the majors.
Pierre played two of his 14 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, with those seasons coming in 2010-11.
In his time with the White Sox, Pierre played in 318 games, batting .307 with a .351 on-base percentage and .371 slugging percentage.
Pierre hit three of his career 18 home runs with the White Sox, two in 2011.
Also while with the White Sox, he led the majors with 68 steals in 2010, but the following season he had 27 steals, in his final season with the White Sox.
Pierre also led the majors in sacrifices in ’11 with 19, and the following season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, he had the MLB lead once again with 17.
Yahoo! Sports baseball writer Mark Townsend wrote:
"“Though Cooperstown won’t be calling in five years, there’s still a lot to appreciate about Pierre’s career. In addition to his longevity, Pierre was remarkably durable and productive during the prime years of his career.”"
Pierre had a very good career, as he was a member of the then-Florida Marlins’ 2003 World Series championship team. Pierre also played for the Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, and he finished his career with the Miami Marlins in ’13.
The longtime outfielder finishes with a career .295 batting average, including 255 doubles, 94 triples and 614 stolen bases.
Pierre was always an exciting player to watch, and though his time with the White Sox was short, he still did a few good things with the ball club, and we wish him the best in retirement.