The closer Juan Pierre comes to a milestone achieved by only 17 other big-league players — 600 stolen bases — the more he stands in awe of the player at the top of the list.
Rickey Henderson stole 1,406 bases, or nearly 500 more than the next player in the rankings, Lou Brock.
“What he did, I think he’s right up there with the Pete Rose record [for career hits],” Pierre said. “That’s a record you look at and think, ‘Did that really happen?’ It’s definitely a record I don’t see anybody breaking.”
Pierre swiped his 597th base Sunday.
Not to diminish the base hit, but Pierre points out that the stolen base is comprised of not one, but two components: reaching base and stealing another.
“The big thing about the stolen bases is first you have to get on base,” Pierre said. “It’s not like hits. OK, you get a hit, that’s a hit, which is hard to do. Once you get on base, now you’ve got to get going.”
Pierre ranks second in the National League with six stolen bases despite having an on-base percentage of .236 that ranks 88th of 90 qualified players in the league.
• First baseman Joe Mahoney remained out of the lineup with a tight right hamstring and is listed as day-to-day.
Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison has launched a new philanthropic campaign for an organization he holds dear, the American Lung Association. The player’s new project, entitled Project LoMo, will encourage youth to create their own charitable program or event to help their communities and generate funds for the ALA.
“After my father lost his battle with lung cancer, I felt like it was my responsibility to do everything I could to raise awareness for the disease,” Morrison said. “With this campaign, I want kids to understand that they, too, can make a difference.”
Individuals or teams have until Aug. 1 to complete their initiative and communicate (via video, email or letter) to Morrison what they accomplished and learned. Each authentic submission will receive an autographed photo, an officially licensed T-shirt jersey, and also will result in a $100 donation to the ALA on behalf of the LoMo Lung Fund.
Project LoMo will recognize five individuals or teams who submit particularly compelling projects aligned with the goals of the campaign. Each leader and a guest from the five winning projects will receive a trip to Miami, all-access to a 2013 Marlins home game, the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, a meet-and-greet with Morrison and some of his Marlins teammates, and participation in a group video with Morrison to promote the ALA. A $1,000 cash award also will be given to the winning individual/team.
For more information on Project LoMo, go to http://projectlomo.mlblogs.com/.
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43 ERA) vs. New York Mets RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 5.14), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Wednesday: Marlins LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.20) vs. Mets RHP Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.96), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Not surprisingly, Slowey’s 2.43 ERA is the lowest among starting pitchers with zero wins, ahead of Dylan Axelrod’s 3.95 ERA. In his three home starts this season, Slowey is 0-1 with a 2.95 ERA.