Juan Pierre, as reported today, from Diamond:
Some people value my game. Some people don't. Some people in LA like it. Some people don't. I know my game is not pretty. I'm not the guy all over SportsCenter....
I know I have to get on base a lot more. I had a disappointing season, and I take full responsibility. I have to improve offensively and defensively.
Ned Colletti, December 6, 2007, from Diamond:
We signed a player that's a great guy and a guy that comes to play every day and a great influence throughout the clubhouse. You know what you’re getting. 195 hits, 60-something stolen bases. The way the 2007 Dodgers performed is not Juan Pierre's fault.
Seems Ned was trying to protect Pierre from the expectations of his outsized contract, and maybe now Pierre is trying to live up to it. The contract is obviously the albatross; Pierre could have easily pointed out that his numbers are on par with previous seasons.
It's all up to Andre Ethier. If he doesn't produce, Pierre gets the starting job.
Again from Diamond:
Colletti on Pierre
He knows I like him.
I think he's a strong asset for the team.
The criticism from a year ago was wrong.
He's a championship-type player.
"Criticism from a year ago?" Which criticism is Ned talking about?
Dodger Thoughts: Andre Ethier Is a Veteran
Torre on Pierre
He grinds out at-bats and can steal bases.
Certainly you'd like everyone to have a .400 on-base percentage, but that's not always the case.
He's a nuisance.
We want quality at-bats.
I'd have to agree with all four of those statements.