Pierre moves up all-time hits list

Pierre moves up all-time hits list

Pierre moves up all-time hits list

MIAMI -- There is no confusing the power comparisons, but Juan Pierre now shares another impressive milestone with Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.

In the Marlins' 7-0 win over the Nationals on Friday night, Pierre delivered a pinch-hit single, giving him 2,211 career hits, which ties McCovey for 177th all-time.

Pierre passed Willie Randolph.

Pierre is one hit behind Joe Kuhel (1930-47) for 176th, and he is three shy of matching the great Joe DiMaggio, who is at 175 with 2,214 hits.

"You look at the names," manager Mike Redmond said. "You look at that stuff, for all of us who have been in this game for so long, it's remarkable. You look at him, and he's been so humble. What he's been able to do on the field is truly amazing."

Three hits may not seem like much, but Pierre hasn't made a start since July 14. The 36-year-old veteran has accepted a bench role as rookies like Christian Yelich are getting steady playing time.

Redmond said he plans on giving Pierre opportunities in the final few weeks to move up the ladder.

"I'm going to do everything I can to help him along the way, getting those pinch-hits," Redmond said. "Not to say he won't get another start or two before the end of the season. What he's been able to do over the course of his career is unbelievable.

"In all honesty, he's really taken his game, leadership-wise, to the next level. He's been great. He's been super positive. I think he's been such a great asset, not only to me in the clubhouse, but to these young players."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter