Bobby Dickerson to be hired as the next San Diego Padres’ bench coach

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The San Diego Padres coaching staff for the 2020 season is starting to take shape as Bobby Dickerson looks to be the next bench coach for the team.

When Jayce Tingler was introduced as the newest San Diego Padres head coach this morning, both he and General Manager A.J. Preller said that they were working on bringing in the surrounding coaching staff.

It is evident that Preller and Tingler had been working on finding their bench coach before today’s press conference. A.J. Cassavell announced hours that the Padres are expected to hire Bobby Dickerson as the next bench coach.

Bobby Dickerson was most recently the Philadelphia Phillies infield coach. This was his first year on the job.

The Phillies were right at the league average mark when it comes to fielding percentage, as they ranked 16th in the majors in that aspect. When it comes to DRS, the Phillies were significantly above average. Philly’s 45 DRS ranked 6th in the majors. Both of these rankings were better than the Padres’ rankings in 2019, so hopefully, Dickerson can help the young Padres infielders. Fernando Tatis Jr.(.944 FLD%), Luis Urias(.962 FLD%), and Eric Hosmer(-4 DRS) could certainly see a better 2020 when it comes to fielding thanks to Dickerson.

Before coaching for the Philadelphia Phillies, Bobby Dickerson was a coach in the Baltimore Orioles organization. After moving through the Orioles farm system, Dickerson was promoted to the big league club in 2010. His new role was to be the club’s minor league infield coordinator as well as the Latin America field coordinator. In 2013, Dickerson became the Orioles third base coach and would remain in this position until 2019.

Manny Machado was a member of the Baltimore Orioles throughout Dickerson’s tenure there. It is reasonable to assume that this hire has the approval of Machado. The details of his contract are yet to be announced.

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Dominic Stearn
Dominic is currently a Freshman at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He was formerly a Staff Writer for Pulse Magazine, writing about the Padres, the MLB, and the NFL.

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