Pierre has a fan in Wills

first_img“A player like him should have 20-25. He hit .292 last year. If he just had four more bunt hits, he could have easily been close to .300. That could have led to who knows how many more runs, because scoring runs is the key thing.” Little said barring injury or just ineffectiveness, Takashi Saito will remain the club’s closer, but he didn’t rule out using Jonathan Broxton to close selected games. “If everyone is healthy, I think it will be hard for us to think about making a change,” Little said. “If we have to use Saito three days in a row, a lot will depend on what happens in those three games.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 VERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgers manager Grady Little remains tight-lipped on whether the newly signed Juan Pierre will bat first or second, but one of the greatest leadoff hitters in the game’s history said Monday he’s a perfect fit at the top. “It’s the manager’s decision, of course, and we all know that,” former Dodger Maury Wills said. “But I think Juan is a natural leadoff hitter.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Wills, who works throughout spring training on bunting and baserunning, said Pierre already is an excellent bunter who could bunt for more hits. “He had 16 (bunt singles) last year, and that’s not enough,” Wills said. last_img

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