When Brett Gardner went down for the count last year, the Yankees decided to go with a platoon of Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones. The only thing Andruw hit all year was his wife. But Ibanez held down the left side with a decent .325wOBA, so Chris Dickerson languished in the minors. Dickerson couldn’t have done more to deserve a chance to contribute at the Major League level, mashing for a .415wOBA on top 17 stolen bases in 20 attempts (85% success rate). But the Yankees kept him buried in Scranton until finally giving him a brief look as a September call-up. Once up, Dickerson hit 2 dingers in 17PAs, walked 18% of the time, collected 3 stolen bases in 3 tries, and posted a .468 wOBA. Unimpressed with that audition, the Yankees left him off the playoff roster.

Now they have designated Dickerson for assignment in order to make room on the roster for the recently acquired Russ Canzler. We would have liked to have seen Dickerson given a legit shot somewhere along the line, and we mentioned the possibility of a Dick-Hair platoon being a palatable option for 2013. The Yankees are flush with lefty outfielders, so it’s no surprise to see Dickerson cut in favor of a righty bat. But it’s a shame to see him get swept under the rug despite performing so well for the organization.

He’ll catch on elsewhere, and that team will be better for it. Here’s wishing The Dickman high times going forward.