O's coach Dickerson keeps a secret

O's coach Dickerson keeps a secret
December 19, 2012, 12:00 am
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The newest member of the Orioles’ major-league coaching staff, Bobby Dickerson, was part of a bit of subterfuge with Manny Machado. While a roving minor-league instructor last season, Dickerson helped hide the fact that the organization was grooming Machado to play third base with the big-league club.

"It was kind of under wraps," Dickerson said on WBAL Radio (via MASN’s Roch Kubatko). "The way we went about it, we tried to have multiple guys go over to third base [with Double-A Bowie] so it didn't look like it was just Manny. I would have early work with a couple of guys. Jonathan Schoop would be over there, and we would do drills and stuff."

Tricky, tricky.

Dickerson was given credit by manager Buck Showalter for Machado’s smooth transition from shortstop to third, but he deflected it — passed it around, actually.

"I'd love to take all the credit. Manny is just a heck of a player," Dickerson said. "He grabbed things so quickly. You say it once, and he got it. It's just a testament to him. And a bunch of other people helped out. Denny Hocking did nice job. Gary Kendall, Brian Graham. When he first signed, he was with Ryan Minor, who was a third baseman with the Orioles.

"It's been an organizational development, and it's nice to be part of it. My job was to put the plan in place, and the guys helped me execute it."