/Extra Bases: Corey Dickerson and Rays Have a Place Among the A.L.’s Elite

Extra Bases: Corey Dickerson and Rays Have a Place Among the A.L.’s Elite

“I always had those expectations,” he said. “I hold myself very high. The things that I want to accomplish are higher than what people even can consider me doing. This won’t satisfy me. I expect more of myself as a player.”

Dickerson hit .312 with 17 home runs before the break, and his 107 hits ranked third in the A.L. He said he put pressure on himself last season after the trade, which followed a miserable 2015 season with the Rockies in which plantar fasciitis and broken ribs limited him to just 65 games.

“I tried to make up those at-bats,” Dickerson said. “I kept trying to change, be somebody else, do other things. I made a commitment to be who I am and be healthy.”

To give himself the best chance, Dickerson changed his diet and lost 25 pounds last winter, dropping to 200 pounds for the first time since 2010, when the Rockies drafted him in the eighth round out of Meridian Community College in Mississippi. Dickerson, who is 6 feet 1 inch and plays about half his games in left field, said he feels better when he shows up at the ballpark. He gets better jumps in the field, he said, and turns more singles into…

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