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Corey Dickerson excited to show off Gold Glove in left field for Pirates

Kevin Gorman
| Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, 7:48 a.m.
Pirates left fielder Corey Dickerson works out in the outfield during batting practice before a game against the Cardinals Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates left fielder Corey Dickerson works out in the outfield during batting practice before a game against the Cardinals Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at PNC Park.

Corey Dickerson showed off his new Gold Glove on social media this offseason, but the Pirates left fielder said he is still in the process of breaking in his new mitt with the Rawlings signature patch.

“It’s in a good place,” Dickerson said last month at PiratesFest at PNC Park. “I’ve been practicing with it but I haven’t got the trophy yet. I got to see it at the ceremony but maybe I think I’ll get it on Opening Day or something like that here. It’s still settling in. It’s pretty cool.

“It was a great experience. I really enjoyed the whole ceremony. The only thing I could think was, ‘I definitely don’t want it to be the last time I show up here.’ Getting to be around all those great Hall of Famers who have won it multiple times, you want to be in that category.”

The Pirates now have a pair of Gold Glove outfielders, with Dickerson in left and two-time winner Marte in center. Dickerson said the duo wants to push each other to get another this season, and said they want right fielder Gregory Polanco to eventually join them.

That might be a stretch, given Polanco’s sometimes circuitous routes on fly balls and the difficulty of playing hits off the 21-foot Clemente Wall in right field.

Speaking of that fence, Dickerson took exception to the suggestion that the Pirates are trying to take advantage of the short porch in right field at PNC Park, which is 320 feet from home plate, by filling the lineup with lefties and switch hitters.

Clearing the 21-foot Clemente Wall makes it a challenge.

“I don’t know why people say that fence is short because that fence ain’t short – it’s 50 feet tall; you’ve got to hit it 460!” Dickerson said. “Yeah, you pop it up and it hits the wall but it ain’t no easy homer.”

The statistics show some truth to that statement. Pirates’ left-handed batters pulled 40 of the team’s 157 homers last season, compared to right-handers pulling 42 homers.

But opponents know there are no easy hits in center and, now, left.

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Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Kevin at kgorman@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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