Corey Dickerson's Gold Glove Is A Result Of Old-Fashioned Hard Work

(And working harder than you).

Matt Koll
November 07, 2018 - 11:23 am
Corey Dickerson

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Pirates leftfielder Corey Dickerson joined The Fan Morning Show Wednesday morning after having just received the Gold Glove award for his outstanding defense in 2018.

And don't think he gained those honors by just showing up and playing. 

"It goes way further back than spring training," said Dickerson. "I was injured in '15, injured in '16 and finally healthy in '17 and made big strides and had a good year. Then got traded over and had a full offseason and I worked on a lot of things. My main goal was to cut down on strikeouts and play better defense."

"When I came over in Bradenton I just focused on the details of my work. As the season started to progress, I started to gain more and more confidence and it kind of took off from there."

Dickerson prides himself on working hard to improve and isn't afraid to share his mindset with his younger teammates. 

"You start noticing more guys coming up asking questions and you kind of embrace that and just give the information that you have from other guys, that I've learned from," said Dickerson. "The way I work is I try to lead by example. I try to outwork you and I'm trying to make it a competition when we go out there and work. So when me and Marte and Polanco are shagging fly balls, taking ground balls, I want to look better than them. I want to make them look bad and pick their game up and lead that way. But anything that any guy has a question about I'm usually always open and willing to talk about it because I'm still learning myself."

Speaking of Marte, Dickerson feels that his fellow outfielder has the talent to be one of the premier players in MLB.

"There's not even enough praise for the guy's talent. I've seen him many times, no BP, no stretching, just a day where he's trying to take a mental day off until the game starts and the man doesn't even have to practice and he goes out there and hits two triples," said Dickerson. "But, the thing about it is there's no telling how good he can be. He can definitely be a top five player in the league. It just all depends on what he wants to put into his game and how hard he works. But, his talent level is unbelievable and makes my job easier, it makes Polanco's job easier and he's also fun to play with." 

Dickerson is entering an arbitration year in his contract with the Pirates for 2019 and many believe the Bucs will pick up the option to bring him back for next season. Dickerson would be open to negotiating a long-term deal as well.

"Yeah, for sure I mean I would love to be in Pittsburgh," said Dickerson. "It was a different feel. I felt like my ability was really accepted there, the fan base was great, they expect to win. Honestly, I don't worry about that stuff anymore, I've learned a lot in the last few years. I'm a family guy, I'm a pretty low-key guy and after that stuff happened last year (the Rays DFA'd Dickerson in what was viewed as a controversial move among his teammates) I tend to go about my business day-to-day and I know that if I take care of my business, even if they were to DFA me, somebody else will want me because I'm taking care of my business the right way. I hope they just appreciate what I do and hopefully I can do more for the team." 

You can hear the entire interview with Pirates Gold Glove leftfielder Corey Dickerson with The Fan Morning Show below.          

    

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