The Marlins announced Wednesday that they’ve hired former big league outfielder Juan Pierre as their new minor league outfield coordinator. It’ll be the first professional coaching assignment for the 41-year-old Pierre, who retired as a player upon conclusion of the 2013 season.
Pierre spent more time with the Marlins than any other organization over the course of a 14-year MLB career, first playing every game from 2003-05 for the then-Florida Marlins and eventually returning to Miami for his final season in ’13. A career .295/.343/.361 hitter in 1994 games (8280 plate appearances), Pierre was best known for the blistering speed that helped him to swipe 614 bases. He never stole fewer than 23 bags in a full big league season and topped 40 steals on nine occasions (including three different seasons with 60-plus steals). As one might expect from a player with that type of speed, Pierre drew consistently strong defensive marks for his range, though his throwing arm weighed down his overall defensive ratings.
Miami also announced a slew of other hirings, including former Twins third base coach Gene Glynn, who’ll serve as a minor league infield and baserunning coordinator for the organization. Glynn was Minnesota’s third base coach for each of the past four seasons and served as the manager for the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester prior to that. Miami also hired Eric Duncan away from the Yankees to serve as minor league hitting coordinator and tabbed longtime big league catcher Jamie Quirk as the organization’s new minor league catching coordinator.