While the baseball world rejoiced with the return of dynamic outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. to the diamond on Thursday after a horrific knee injury last season, his return was somewhat bittersweet for Colorado Rockies fans after seeing the roster move made to make room for Acuña Jr.
By bringing back Acuña Jr., the Braves needed to make a move in order for him to have a place on the active roster. Atlanta decided the odd man out was outfielder Alex Dickerson, signed by the Braves to a free agent deal shortly after the lockout ended.
Alex Dickerson was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves, meaning the man who has terrorized the Colorado Rockies in recent seasons is back on the streets.
It was bad enough that the Colorado Rockies had to possibly see Alex Dickerson for three games when the Braves visit Denver in early June. Now, depending on which team may pick him up, he could get even more chances to build upon his reputation as a Rockies killer.
In case you’ve forgotten, of the 10 home runs Dickerson hit in 2020 as a member of the San Francisco Giants, six of them came against Colorado. Flash back to that monstrous 23-5 win that San Francisco posted at Coors Field on September 1, 2020, and check out the box score. You’ll see Dickerson with three homers and a career-high-tying six RBI.
Dickerson has played 47 career games against Colorado and has posted a 387/.453/.694 slash line in 124 at-bats. His 14 doubles against the Rockies are the most against any team and his eight homers against the Rockies are only eclipsed by the nine he has blasted against Arizona. His 1.147 OPS against Colorado? Yep, that’s the highest against any team he has faced more than three times.
While Dickerson struggled this season, leading to his DFA by the Braves, there is little doubt he will be given another chance with another team. Rockies fans can only hope he lands in the American League.