Juan Pierre Makes Phillies' Opening Day Roster

March 1, 2012; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Juan Pierre (10) during photo day at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Juan Pierre has made it onto the Phillies' big-league roster, as the club put him on the 40-man roster today, tweets Jayson Stark. The 34-year-old is entering his 13th year in the majors.

Pierre was competing with another aging speedster, Scott Podsednik, for the last spot on the Phillies' major league roster. Podsednik, 36, had a great spring as he hit .362 with five steals. He even had a game winning home run on Tuesday. Pierre on the other hand is hitting .289 and has been caught stealing three times in five attempts.

The Phillies will go on track record, as Pierre hit .279 in 2011 while Podsednik didn't play in the majors last year. Pierre has been criticized for his production relative to the five year, $44MM contract he signed in 2006. While both his offense and defense has slipped, his track record of extraordinary speed and base running should not be forgotten. He stole 27 bases in 2011 and 68 bases just two years ago in 2010. Pierre will likely share time in the Phillies outfield with Laynce Nix and John Mayberry, Jr.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker