Reds Fans Give Chris Dickerson a Chance

Nathan DunnoCorrespondent IMay 1, 2009

SARASOTA, FL - MARCH 1:  Outfielder Chris Dickerson #21 of the Cincinnati Reds follows through on a home run against the New York Yankees March 1, 2009 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Reds outfielder Chris Dickerson may not have had the start some expected, but fans in Cincinnati shouldn't panic quite yet.

If the Reds would try Dickerson out as an everyday outfielder instead of manager Dusty Baker's "platoon" man, everyone would see different results. It is hard to get into a rhythm while sharing duties in the outfield.

Dickerson proved in only 31 games (102 at-bats) last year that he deserves a shot at being the everyday outfielder. He batted .304 with six home runs—belting one homer every 17 at-bats.

With a rare combo of power and speed, Dickerson is by far our best player as our third outfielder. Jerry Hairston Jr., Lance Nix, and Darnell McDonald are decent bench players, but none possesses the skills that Dickerson does.

I wouldn’t panic at all about the way the season has started for Dickerson. In a limited role, he has only played 17 games with just 44 at-bats. He also suffered a head injury Monday during a collision diving into second base, but this shouldn't cause too much of a set back

Baker needs to give Dickerson a shot at being our everyday outfielder so he can show why he needs to be an everyday starter for the Reds and quiet the critics.

Be patient, Reds fans. It's only been a month and there is a lot of baseball left to be played.

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