One name stood out to manager Buck Showalter when it came to naming a new third-base coach, and that was Bobby Dickerson.
“We kept coming back to Bobby,” Showalter said on Thursday afternoon just after the Orioles named Dickerson as their replacement for DeMarlo Hale.
The 47-year-old Dickerson has known Showalter for more than 20 years when he played for him in the Yankees’ organization. After 25 years in professional baseball, Dickerson has his first full-time major league job.
“It’s just an honor,” Dickerson said in a conference call. “I’m like a lot of guys in the minor leagues. I paid my dues and tried to do it the right way.”
Dickerson is in his second stint with the Orioles. The last three seasons were spent as the team’s minor league infield coordinator. He spent parts of the last two seasons with the team, filling in for part of 2011 as the bullpen coach.
Showalter wanted an in-house candidate, and considered two or three others from within the organization, including Brian Graham, the team’s coordinator of infield instruction. Other candidates were former Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu, former Cubs manager Mike Quade, former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, former Marlins bench coach Joey Cora and longtime Orioles second baseman Rich Dauer.
“We had a lot of good candidates,” Showalter said. “We’re always going to look within. It says a lot about an organization when you can promote within.”
Dickerson has worked closely with Manny Machado, and Showalter liked the idea of the two continuing to bond.
“All our players know Bobby and think the world of him,” Showalter said.
When Showalter made his decision, he called Dickerson’s wife Karen and cleared it with her, and then they told the family.
“It’s a nice gesture,” Dickerson said of the promotion.
Dickerson will be the fifth third base coach since Showalter arrived in Aug. 2010. Gary Allenson finished out that season and was replaced by current bench coach John Russell in 2011. Willie Randolph moved from the bench to third base in June 2011, but wasn’t retained for 2012. Hale left after last season to become Toronto’s bench coach.
He joins Russell, Rick Adair, Wayne Kirby, Jim Presley and Bill Castro, who all return for 2013.