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While BB&T Ballpark approaches its one millionth fan, the Dash hit a different milestone last night in Lynchburg. For the 600th time, Winston-Salem’s franchise suited up with the Dash nickname.
The team became the Dash prior to the 2009 season, and the club boasts a 331-268-1 (.553) record in the Dash’s 600 total games (regular season and playoffs).
Here are some of the many accomplishments for Winston-Salem during the Dash era:
- The Dash lead the Carolina League in winning percentage (.553) and total wins (331) since Opening Day 2009.
- Winston-Salem has qualified for the playoffs in three of its four full seasons under the Dash nickname (2009, 2010, 2012). The Dash have also played in a pair of Mills Cup Championship Series (2010, 2012).
- The Dash finished the 2012 campaign with the best regular season record in full-season Minor League Baseball (87-51-1).
- Among Winston-Salem nicknames, the Dash have the second-best winning percentage. Only the Cardinals (.585, 1945-53) recorded a better one.
- A total of 13 Dash alums have played in Major League Baseball. So, Winston-Salem has churned out a big leaguer every 46 games since 2009.
- The Dash have also hosted an All-Star Game and an exhibition against the Chicago White Sox, both of which resulted in victories for the home team.
The only current Carolina League squad with a winning record against the Dash invades BB&T Ballpark for the first of a three-game weekend set tonight at 7. Join Rob and me for the Pregame Dash at 6:45 here. Here’s to 600 more!
This is the 10th and final installment of the “Dash Top 10,” where we rehash the top 10 moments from the Dash’s historic 2012 season.
Previous Top 10 Moments:
#10: Second-half clinch
#9: Hankerd’s walk-off
#8: 10-game win streak
#7: 5-run 9th sinks Salem
#6: Postseason awards
#5: First-half clinch
#4: MCCS Game 2 win
#3: SDCS-clinching victory
#2: Dash earn MiLB’s top mark
Moment #1 (June 19): The Dash and BB&T Ballpark host the 2012 California-Carolina League All-Star Game.
“This has been a fabulous experience for me and a great experience for minor league baseball,” said Minor League President Pat O’Conner.
“It’s hard to imagine the event doing any better, and I knew that would be the case,” Carolina League President John Hopkins said. “I just knew it was going to come together beautifully, and it did.”
For the first time in BB&T Ballpark history, the Midsummer Classic came to Winston-Salem, and it was a tremendous success.
A simple nine-inning game transformed into a three-day spectacle during which the Dash hosted eight events. The All-Star Game and surrounding festivities wowed owners, executives, players and coaches from both the Carolina League and the California League.
The Dash put together a FanFest on Fourth the night before the game, which included live music, autograph sessions and much more. The day of the game, every All-Star and many members of the Winston-Salem community enjoyed an All-Star Luncheon headlined by Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.
Gates opened at 3:30 p.m., and fans enjoyed batting practice by both teams, a home run derby with a hometown winner and plenty of pregame ceremonies.
Once the game began at 7:29 p.m., almost 7,000 fans settled in for the Carolina League’s first win since 2008. The California League scored in the opening frame thanks to Billy Hamilton’s ridiculous speed, but the home squad, with three Dash players on the roster, followed with the game’s final nine runs en route to a 9-1 blowout victory.
After the game, fans experienced a postgame fireworks show, followed by a party at Ziggy’s. In all, Winston-Salem and the Dash were well-represented due to an All-Star Game that brought plenty of business and coverage to the area and franchise.
The best way to recap this wonderful event is through you, the fans. We compiled these tweets and photos from the fans in Winston-Salem less than 24 hours after the Midsummer Classic’s first pitch. The Dash could not be more thankful for the loyal support the area and its citizens showed before, during and after the All-Star Game.
Winston-Salem most certainly shined in mid-June, and the minor league world was here to watch it.
Thanks for following along with the Dash’s Top 10. We’ll be back on the blog Monday for much more coverage. Talk to you then.
First off, my apologies for the lack of writing over the weekend. With a trip to Myrtle Beach combined with a Sunday off day along with my better half being in town, I did not get around to a post over the last two days.
To make up for it, I will once again share with you some of our most popular posts over the last month. Thanks, as always, for reading and supporting the Dash and this blog.
Secondly, we will be using some of our features from past PlayBall! programs here on the blog. If you missed them in the magazine, you’ll have a chance to check them out here.
Finally, since this week’s trip to Zebulon marks our first “last trip” of the year to a stadium, I’ll have a new ballpark feature starting with Carolina’s Five County Stadium sometime this week.
Without further ado, here are some of our most popular posts lately:
July 12: The quirkiest stat of the year, easily (“Left Never Felt So Right“)
July 9: The best game of the year, arguably (“More On Sunday’s Stunning Slugfest“)
July 7: The craziest trip of the summer, undoubtedly (“120 Minor League Stadiums – One Summer“)
July 3: A chat with the fastest man in minor league baseball (“Run, Billy, Run“)
June 24: Predicting home runs became a bit easier last month (“Predicting Trayce Thompson’s Home Runs“)
June 23: Lunch with a Hall of Famer? Sure… (“Eating Lunch With Rollie Fingers“)
June 20: My favorite recent piece–Winston-Salem’s All-Star tale (“You Tell The All-Star Game Story“)
June 16: You know the Dash clinched the first-half division title. Here’s how they did it. (“How The Dash Got Here“)
The 2012 California-Carolina League All-Star Game was two weeks ago, but the memory of that night will last a long time. Many of those young men who suited up at BB&T Ballpark will be in the big leagues in the future, including the base stealing king of minor league baseball.
Billy Hamilton, a highly-touted prospect in the Reds’ farm system, will one day wreak havoc on the base paths in the bigs. For now, he is busy terrorizing California League hurlers with the Bakersfield Blaze. Last night, Hamilton stole his 100th base, and he is on pace to break the minor league record for most stolen bases in one season.
On top of all that, Hamilton couldn’t be a nicer guy. It was a pleasure to chat with him multiple times during the All-Star festivities in Winston-Salem, and he did steal two bases during the Midsummer Classic.
Here is my chat with Hamilton from two weeks ago (when he had a mere 80 swipes).
(Photo courtesy of Cincinnati.com)
As Mike discussed earlier today, many players we saw compete in the 2012 California-Carolina League All-Star Game at BB&T Ballpark have since been promoted to Double-A. During our pregame coverage prior to the Midsummer Classic last week, we chatted with three of them.
Salem outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr., is now with Portland in the Red Sox system. Myrtle Beach ace Cody Buckel just debuted with Frisco on the Rangers’ farm. Finally, Lake Elsinore’s right-handed starter Donn Roach is now kicking and tossing for San Antonio within the Padres’ system.
Here are those three conversations. We will have some more All-Star interviews on the blog in the next few days.
It was an honor to be a part of the 2012 California-Carolina League All-Star Game last night. Almost 7,000 fans packed BB&T Ballpark to watch Winston-Salem outfielder Brady Shoemaker (and his father) win the home run derby and the Carolina League snap a three-game losing streak with a 9-1 win.
A box score and a recap can tell the story, but so can our fans. Here is how the All-Star Game looked from your eyes.
@SJGiants: Day 2 of @WSDashBaseball #ASGWS has started (picture below)
@bzblfan: @WSDashBaseball @BBandT_Ballpark Looking forward to being there tonight! #ASGWS
@BJett24: Good luck to my boy Shoemaker and @WSDashBaseball in the all star game. Nobody deserves it more. Wish I could be there.
@HatchOfficeHR: All of us #hatchpeeps look like penguins with our matching game day tees, amped up 4 @WSDashBaseball
@C_Bass419: Big shout out to #Shoe #Heidi and @MoneyMikeEarley in tonight’s All Star game. @WSDashBaseball
@ChrisTerzigni: Ready for the #ASGWS tonight @BBandT_Ballpark and to cheer on the 3 players and the coaches of the @WSDashBaseball… oh, and the #DashPack!
@SJGiants: The fans listening to Hall of Famer @Johnny_Bench5 at the @WSDashBaseball #ASGWS Luncheon (picture below)
@FAGAN_B89: All-Star game Tonight at BB&T Ballpark @WSDashBaseball it’s going to be #AWESOME!!!!!
@djhekyeh: See all y’all tonight @WSDashBaseball #ASGWS
@wschamber: Great to hear and welcome @Johnny_Bench5 & the All-Star players to Winston-Salem today. Looking forward to tonight’s game!
@LisaRedding: heading downtown with friends for the @WSDashBaseball all star game and festivities!
@ParkEffects: First pitch not for another 90 minutes, but I think Billy Hamilton just stole two bases.
@djhekyeh: Just caught a home run ball @WSDashBaseball #ASGWS #WSNC (picture below)
@littlefawn94: @WSDashBaseball Let’s go Shooooooemaker!! We got faith in ya!
@JStrizzy18: @WSDashBaseball’s own Brady Shoemaker wins the HR Derby #ASGWS
@maggiemay1991: @WSDashBaseball Congrats Brady!!
@littlefawn94: @WSDashBaseball Way to go #21!! We knew you could do it!!!
@CWSeagraves: Brady Shoemaker of the @WSDashBaseball wins the Home Run Derby!! (picture below)
@Intimidators: Congrats to a 2011 Intimidator and 2012 CL All-Star! RT “@WSDashBaseball: Winston-Salem’s Brady Shoemaker wins 2012 Home Run Derby. #ASGWS”
@bzblfan: And the colors and anthem! #ASGWS (picture below)
@bzblfan: That’s Hamilton after SB number 1! #ASGWS (picture below)
@Chevy14Man: Nights like these remind me why I’m happy to call Winston-Salem home. What an honor to witness this All-Star Game! @WSDashBaseball #ASGWS
@DPFINGST_16: Watching the #ASGWS on tv #awesome #carleague
@kjgarau: Carolina League v. California League in the All-Star game in little ol’ Winston-Salem. #ASGWS (picture below)
@LisaRedding: @WSDashBaseball multiple mascots doing Thriller on the field….made my night!!! lol hilarious
@RParmele3: All mascot version of Thriller @BBandT_Ballpark. Well done Bolt and @WSDashBaseball entertainment!
@CWSeagraves: Fireworks @WSDashBaseball All Star game!! (picture below)
@JB_Ricks: Carolina All Stars defeats the Cali. All Stars 9-1 ending a 3-gm losing streak. @WSDashBaseball did an awesome job hosting all day & night.
@Chevy14Man: I know that we’re technically supposed to wait another 18 years to host again…hoping it doesn’t take that long. @WSDashBaseball #ASGWS
@dwspguy: @WSDashBaseball Great win by the Carolina League All-Stars!
@MrBillsProducti: @WSDashBaseball & @MrBillsProducti are at @ziggysnc tearing it down with @rebirthband!!!!!!!! #asgws
@jcbobbitt: Thanks for a great night @WSDashBaseball. Now on to the second half! #godash
@nshoemaker11: #homerunderbychamp Brady shoemaker @WSDashBaseball @whitesox4321 @FutureSox
@bzblfan: Amazing job by all @WSDashBaseball for a memorable nite. Your hard work showed & represented our region proudly. #ASGWS
@PostMarkInc: @catscall @WSDashBaseball Great job on the All Star Game and all of activities around it! Made #Winston-Salem look good!
@BiddixDoris: @WSDashBaseball Congratulations on the big win last night to the Carolina League All-Stars! Way to go guys!! #ASGWS
@djhekyeh: #ASGWS #wsnc (Picture below)
@AnitaMendoza10: @WSDashBaseball Great time last night! From the food upstairs&our server in Sect 201,to the entertainment,music and fireworks. Awesome job.
@JenBorowski34: Thank you @WSDashBaseball! Everything was amazing! #asgws
@Bernardbeazy8: @WSDashBaseball great game last night and the home run derby too can’t wait for the all-star game to come back to Winston-Salem
We can’t wait to bring the All-Star Game back to Winston-Salem, either. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.
Here are the results of the 2012 California-Carolina League Home Run Derby, presented by United Airlines.
FIRST ROUND (BOLD means player advanced):
Lancaster’s George Springer – 4
Lynchburg’s Chris Garcia – 3
Rancho Cucamonga’s C.J. Retherford – 6
Carolina’s Jeremie Tice – 3
Visalia’s Chris Owings – 5
Winston-Salem’s Michael Earley – 3
Stockton’s Miles Head – 3
Winston-Salem’s Brady Shoemaker – 4 (Only had 4 outs when he became the Carolina League’s winner)
Brady Shoemaker defeats C.J. Retherford 3-2
Obviously, it was great to see Shoemaker win in front of the hometown crowd, but it was even better because his father was the pitcher for his two rounds.
What an awesome day. The California-Carolina League All-Star Game is just a few hours away, and here are the starting lineups.
SS Billy Hamilton
DH Chris Owings
RF George Springer
1B Miles Head
3B CJ Retherford
C John Hicks
LF Travis Witherspoon
2B Cory Spangenberg
CF Rico Noel
RHP Donn Roach
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
RF Michael Earley
1B Travis Shaw
LF Brady Shoemaker
DH Jeremie Tice
2B Tommy La Stella
SS Xander Bogaerts
C David Freitas
3B Ty Kelly
RHP Matt Heidenreich
Here’s how you can follow along tonight.
Beginning at 6:00, Mike Lefko and I will be discussing the home run derby while playing interviews with various players. We will chat with the likes of Salem’s Jackie Bradley, Jr., Myrtle Beach’s Cody Buckel, Frederick’s Dylan Bundy, Lynchburg’s Chris Garcia, Bakersfield’s Billy Hamilton, Lake Elsinore’s Donn Roach, and Lancaster’s George Springer. We also will chat with both managers: Winston-Salem’s Tommy Thompson and Lake Elsinore’s David Newhan.
First pitch is set for 7:15, and Mike will have all of the action.
Be sure to tune in at 7:00 on My 48 for all of the action. We will have a panel of guests, including Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner, Dash President Geoff Lassiter, Carolina League President John Hopkins and broadcasters from around the league.
We will have twitter updates throughout the evening here. Stay tuned that way for in-game updates.
Talk to you then. We hope you enjoy.
Thanks to all the fans who came out for the “FanFest on Fourth” today in advance of the 2012 California-Carolina League All-Star Game, which is tomorrow at 7:15. Here are a few pictures from the event:
The lines were long for All-Star autographs.
Winston-Salem’s coaching staff takes time to sign for the fans in attendance.
Dash outfielders Michael Earley (left) and Brady Shoemaker (right) chat with fans.
The Carolina League’s starting pitcher–Winston-Salem’s Matt Heidenreich–mingles with some Dash fans.
Dash pitcher Matt Heidenreich will be the starting pitcher for the Carolina League All-Stars Tuesday night. Winston-Salem manager and skipper for the Carolina League All-Stars Tommy Thompson made the decision Monday.
Heidenreich will take the mound representing the Dash in their own stadium as BB&T Ballpark hosts the California-Carolina League All-Star Game for the first time. Each of the three Dash All-Stars will start for the Carolina League as outfielders Brady Shoemaker and Michael Earley man left field and right field, respectively.
This is the first All-Star Game appearance for Heidenreich in his fourth year of professional baseball. The fourth-round pick in 2009 has adopted the mantra of being a workhorse and prides himself on eating up innings. Last season in Low-A Kannapolis, Heidenreich led the team with 10 wins and compiled 154.1 innings of work. At the halfway point of this year, the Dash starter is in the top five of the league in innings pitched with 77.1 to go along with his 6-2 record and 4.19 ERA.
The Carolina League is known for pitching, and recent All-Star starters have displayed the talent in this league. Last year, Myrtle Beach’s Joe Wieland took the ball for the Carolina League All-Stars. This season, he made five starts with the San Diego Padres before being placed on the disabled list in early May.
Heidenreich proved to be one of Winston-Salem’s most effective pitchers in helping the Dash clinch the first-half Southern Division championship. He had four outings of seven innings or more during his 13 starts. Heidenreich’s biggest performance to date occurred May 24 in Salem when he threw seven innings of shut out ball and struck out a season-high eight batters to out duel Boston’s top pick in 2011 Matt Barnes in Salem. The Dash pulled out a crucial 1-0 win that night to avoid being swept in the series.
The ability to thrive in big moments is what separates stars from their contemporaries. Heidenreich’s desire to perform in the spotlight will be put to the test Tuesday. When the best and brightest of High-A baseball take the field tomorrow night at BB&T Ballpark, Matt Heidenreich will be on the mound staring them down.