MIAMI -- Juan Pierre, one of the most popular and respected players in Marlins history, is rejoining the organization in a Minor League coaching capacity.The Marlins on Wednesday announced that Pierre has joined the player development department as outfield coordinator. The 41-year-old, who was a catalyst on the 2003 World
MIAMI -- Juan Pierre, one of the most popular and respected players in Marlins history, is rejoining the organization in a Minor League coaching capacity.
The Marlins on Wednesday announced that Pierre has joined the player development department as outfield coordinator. The 41-year-old, who was a catalyst on the 2003 World Series championship team, is one of five new additions to the player development department.
Chris Michalak returns as pitching coordinator, but Miami also has hired Eric Duncan as hitting coordinator, Gene Glynn as infield and baserunning coordinator, Jamie Quirk as catching coordinator and Dr. Derick Anderson as director of sports performance.
"We could not be happier with the group of coordinators that we have assembled for 2019," Marlins director of player development Dick Scott said in a statement. "We are excited about the knowledge, work ethic and character that they will pass down to our young players, and the impact that will have on our goal of building a sustainable organization."
Pierre, who played 14 years in the big leagues, finished with a career batting average of .295, with 2,217 hits and 614 stolen bases. As the Marlins' leadoff hitter and center fielder in 2003, he set a franchise record with 65 stolen bases.
Pierre had two stints with the Marlins, from 2003-05 and in '13, his final big league season. The past few seasons, he has been around the organization, interacting with players and coaches. But Pierre didn't have an official title.
Duncan, 34, enters his 15th season in professional baseball. A first-round pick of the Yankees in 2003, Duncan spent the past four seasons as a hitting coach in the Yanks' system.
Michalak, 48, is back for his second season as Miami's pitching coordinator. Previously, he spent eight seasons as a pitching coach in the Nationals' system.
Glynn, 62, is entering his 27th season as a coach in professional baseball, with the past four as the third-base coach for the Twins.
Quirk, 64, has 47 years of professional baseball experience, including an 18-year playing career. He was on the Royals' 1985 World Series title team, and he has coached for 19 years in the Major Leagues and four in the Minor Leagues.
Dr. Anderson was with the Mets and Florida Panthers the past five seasons as their performance/clinical psychologist.
Rounding out the 2019 coordinator staff are: Lee Tressel (rehab strength and conditioning), Spencer Clevenger (assistant strength and conditioning), Richard Stark (athletic trainer), Steve Carlin (rehab), Adam Lamkey (video) and Mark Brown (clubhouse and equipment).
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