Juan Pierre announced his retirement this week, and so I say goodbye today to probably my favorite Rockies leadoff hitter of all time. While the trade that sent him and Mike Hampton to the Marlins after the 2002 season for Preston Wilson, Charles Johnson, and a couple of other players gave the Rockies some good pieces, I remember being sad to see Pierre go.
Juan had three separate seasons stealing 60 bases and three seasons of more than 12 triples. His first season with the Marlins saw him finish tenth in MVP voting only three seasons after finishing 6th in rookie of the year voting during the 2000 season. His following year was probably even more valuable and was the second in a five year stretch that saw him play in 162 games each year. That is some durability the Rockies would love to have from a top notch player.
To read more on Juan's retirement, you can read mlb.com's article here, ESPN's here, and the Denver Post one here. As to other articles about current Rockies who are getting ready for the season, here is some of that:
If Jeff Sullivan can give Philadelphia fans hope, then it should be no problem for Rockies fans to be optimistic. Shoot, the Rockies were even able to steal a fifth starter away from the Phillies.
I put this squarely in the group of articles that will be published this spring letting you know why every player on the team will do better than last year. It is well written and gives some insight into one of our young starters.
Fantasy now: Troy Tulowitzki - ESPN.com
A little video to give you a break from reading that may help you if you are getting ready for a fantasy draft and trying to figure out which draft pick can be used on Tulo.
Rockies' Foster takes personal approach - mlb.com
A look at how our new pitching coach is working with Rex Brothers. My biggest take away was that I didn't realize that Rex's brother was one of the team's prospects.
This article falls into the same category as the one about Jordan Lyles. It is a good, informative, piece to let you know a tad bit more about the player but without real analysis. It also has a blurb about Rafael Betancourt's attempted comeback.