Ralph Dickenson joins the ML staff as assistant hitting coach after serving as the organization's minor league hitting coordinator in 2013.
Dickenson has been an instructor at the professional or collegiate level for 36 seasons, serving as a manager, hitting instructor, field coordinator and hitting coach during his career.
Prior to joining the Astros, he spent three seasons (2010-12) as a hitting coach in the Toronto Blue Jays system at Double A New Hampshire (2010) and Class A Dunedin (2011-12).
Overall in his career, Dickenson has spent 20 seasons as a minor league hitting coordinator or instructor, with stints in the Brewers, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees and Nationals organizations.
He had success in his first professional stint as a manager for Class A San Bernadino (SEA), posting a 157-127 record in two seasons (1988-89) competing in the California League. Dickenson also managed the Rookie Level Arizona League Brewers for three seasons (1993-95).
Dickenson was originally drafted by San Francisco in the 30th round of the 1968 draft, but did not sign. He signed with Minnesota after being selected in the supplemental first round of the 1969 draft. He ended up as a two-way player throughout his six-year minor league career, seeing duty as an outfielder (368 games) and as a pitcher (134 app., 20 starts).
Dickenson played college baseball at both Mesa Community College in Colorado, and at Arizona State University, where he was a member of the Sun Devils' 1969 NCAA Championship team. Following his playing career, Dickenson held collegiate managerial positions at Western Washington University, Washington State University and the University of New Mexico.
Ralph and his wife, Patricia, reside in Tempe, AZ. They have one daughter, Elizabeth, and three sons, Rich, David and Scott.