There’s sure to be lots of tinkering with the Orioles’ 40-man roster. One of those whose place on it isn’t secure is Chris Dickerson.
Dickerson spent more than half the season with the Orioles and contributed perhaps the most exciting moment, a three-run ninth inning home run on May 31 to beat the Tigers.
One of the final players cut last spring training, Dickerson, who came to camp on a minor league contract, was added to the roster after the season’s first week, stayed until the All-Star break and returned for a September cameo.
Dickerson’s season ended with a hamstring injury in September, and he played acceptably: Four home runs, 13 RBIs and a .238 average in 56 games.
As a fourth outfielder, he wasn’t bad. Dickerson has played for Cincinnati, Milwaukee and the Yankees in addition to the Orioles since 2008, but never has had a complete season in the majors.
He’s one of the more interesting players around. He’s active in the environmentalist movement, and rode a bicycle to the ballpark instead of driving.
Dickerson didn’t walk much, just four times in 109 plate appearances, striking out nine times as often. He does have good speed, stealing five bases in six tries.
It’s possible he stays on the 40-man, at least for a while. It may be a hard call. Dickerson is a useful player, and as manager Buck Showalter might say, you’ll be looking this winter for someone just like him.