Chris Dickerson (baseball)

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Chris Dickerson
Chris Dickerson on May 18, 2013.jpg
Dickerson with the Baltimore Orioles
Free agent
Outfielder
Born: (1982-04-10) April 10, 1982 (age 32)
Hollywood, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 12, 2008 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
(through June 8, 2014)
Batting average .263
Home runs 15
Runs batted in 60
Teams

Christopher Charles Dickerson (born April 10, 1982) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. Prior to becoming a professional, Dickerson attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he played college baseball for the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Professional career[edit]

Draft and Minor Leagues[edit]

Dickerson was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 32nd round (968th overall) of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. He instead went to the University of Nevada, where he played college baseball for the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team from 2001 through 2003.[citation needed]

Dickerson during his tenure with the Cincinnati Reds in 2009 spring training

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

Dickerson was drafted again, in the 16th round (471st overall) in 2003, this time by the Cincinnati Reds. He made his major league debut with the Reds on August 12, 2008. He hit his first career home run on August 15, 2008, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Dickerson earned the starting job in the outfield rotation with Jay Bruce and Willy Taveras entering the 2009 season, due to Ken Griffey and Adam Dunn's departures. In the first month of the season, Dickerson was only batting .205 with a homer and 5 RBIs. However, by the end of May he boosted his average to .271. He also was featured in highlight reels for his defensive plays while filling in for Tavares at center field.[1]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On August 9, 2010, Dickerson was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Jim Edmonds.[2] Dickerson batted .208 with 5 RBIs in 25 games after the trade to Milwaukee.[3]

New York Yankees[edit]

Dickerson batting for the New York Yankees in 2011

On March 25, 2011, Dickerson was traded to the New York Yankees in exchange for pitcher Sergio Mitre.[4] He made his Yankees debut on May 17, 2011 going 1-for-3 with one run batted in.[5] He was promoted again to the Major Leagues in September. Dickerson cleared waivers before the 2012 season and was outrighted to the Class-AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.[6]Dickerson was promoted to the Major Leagues again on September 1, 2012 after the rosters expanded.[7] As the Yankees had an abundance of left-handed hitting outfielders on their roster, they designated Dickerson for assignment and subsequently released him in January 2013.[8]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Dickerson signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles for 2013 and was assigned to the AAA Norfolk Tides. He was called up to Baltimore on April 10, 2013, and made his Orioles debut that night in Boston. On May 21, Dickerson hit 2 home runs off Phil Hughes for his first career multi-homer game. On May 31, Dickerson hit the first walk-off home run of his career against Detroit Tigers pitcher José Valverde. Dickerson was designated for assignment on July 19. After clearing waivers, he was outrighted to the minors.[9] He refused the assignment and became a free agent.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Dickerson signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on January 6, 2014.[10]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Dickerson was traded to the Cleveland Indians on July 7, 2014.[11][12] He was outrighted off the roster on September 9.

Community[edit]

Along with fellow baseball player Jack Cassel, Dickerson is a founder of Players for the Planet, a foundation that brings professional athletes together to inspire communities to build awareness of the growing environmental crisis.[13] Several athletes including Chase Utley, Jay Bruce, Ryan Braun, Matt Cassel, and Jacoby Ellsbury are on board to spread the awareness.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com (May 30, 2009). "New attitude helping Dickerson's game | reds.com: News". Cincinnati.reds.mlb.com. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ White, Paul (August 9, 20010). "Reds adds ex-Cardinal Jim Edmonds just in time to face St. Louis". USA Today. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Chris Dickerson Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Fordin, Spencer (March 25, 2011). "Brewers get Mitre from Yanks for Dickerson". MLB.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Yankees 6, Rays 2 (Box Score)". May 17, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ Hoch, Bryan (February 26, 2012). "Dickerson clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A". MLB.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Yankees notebook: Club adds 6 Triple-A call-ups". lohud.com. 
  8. ^ Jennings, Chad (January 4, 2014). "Chris Dickerson designated for assignment". The Journal News. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Encina, Eduardo A. (July 29, 2013). "Orioles keep Chris Dickerson in organization; outfielder outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ Fordin, Spencer (January 6, 2014). "Dickerson signs Minor League deal with Pirates". MLB.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (July 7, 2014). "Indians acquire Chris Dickerson from Pirates". Hardball Talk. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Indians acquire OF Dickerson from Pirates". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Players for the Planet". playersfortheplanet.org. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Players for the Planet". playersfortheplanet.org. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 

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