SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson uses the word "great" without timidity. That's not as common as one would think. Once someone understands what the g-word means in baseball, a sport built on failure, there is a tendency to wipe the word from the ol' vocabulary.
Dickerson hit .312 last year in 478 plate appearances -- just under the threshold to be listed among the league leaders (he would've been fourth, seven points behind teammate and National League batting champion Justin Morneau). He also led the Rockies with 24 home runs and finished with a .567 slugging percentage (six triples, 27 doubles).