Morning Marquee: Juan Pierre retires; Maddon sees Alcantara’s value


Former Cub and 14-year veteran Juan Pierre has decided it’s time to walk away from the game. Although that could be difficult, as the man could run – and did often. The speedy outfielder only spent one year in Chicago, but it was a good one. In 2006, he led the league in hits while starting all 162 games. At one point, Pierre played in all 162 games five straight seasons. 

Joe Maddon had Ben Zobrist in Tampa, who did about everything for him there. Maddon sees the versatility of Arismendy Alcantara, and how he could fill a similar role in Chicago. Alcantara can play any outfield spot, both middle-infield spots, and will likely see some time at third this spring. That coupled with being a switch-hitter will put him on the field often.

The MLBPA’s executive director Tony Clark is eager to see Kris Bryant succeed as well as the fans. Being from San Diego, Clark says there’s a special place for Bryant. Clark is excited to see not only what Bryant can do, but the entire group of Cubs’ prospects. “It’s a pretty exciting time right now to see what’s going on with Chicago baseball.”

‘Former Cubs’ OF Juan Pierre retires after 14 seasons’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Maddon see Alcantara as Cubs’ Zobrist’ –

‘Players union sees potential bargaining issues with Cubs-like restrictions’ – Chicago Sun-Times

‘MLBPA’s Tony Clark eager to see Bryant succeed’ –

‘Wainwright’s heath utmost importance to Cardinals’ – Call to the Pen