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Snow measured in baseball units

By this time tomorrow, Winston-Salem will be covered in snow and ice. We thought it would be fun to figure out, in baseball terms, how much snow we will receive.

As you can see in the picture below, we have lined up four baseball objects at BB&T Ballpark in advance of the storm. They will remain like that until the snow ends. The question is–how many of these items will be covered in snow by the end of the storm?

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What are your predictions? How far will the snow cover the bat? Can the helmet and the base stand tall over the snow? We will post the results once the storm blows through.

On a serious note, please stay safe during this dangerous storm. Drive slowly and alertly, because roads will be in bad shape.

- Brian

SNOW-pening Day?

For the first time this winter, Winston-Salem received a significant amount of snow. We captured some of the sights from before, during and after the storm.

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The snow began during the early afternoon hours yesterday, and it came down for a few hours.

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It was relieving to know we were only 65 days away from Opening Day during yesterday’s storm.

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Even though it creates some tough driving conditions, snow always creates awesome images. Check out the sun-drenched entrance to BB&T Ballpark this afternoon.

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These walkways will be buzzing in about two months.

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Snow even covered the seats closest to the field.

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A batter’s eye view of a snowy view.

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BB&T Ballpark looks good in any weather.

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And here is the “before” look…well before the storm. These stands will be packed in 64 days for the Dash’s Opening Day!

- Brian

Shoemaker heads to Marlins organization

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Brady Shoemaker won the 2012 Home Run Derby at BB&T Ballpark with his dad (left) throwing to him (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The Miami Marlins selected former Dash outfielder and Carolina League All-Star Brady Shoemaker in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft, which took place Thursday morning.

After a late promotion to Winston-Salem in 2011, Shoemaker shined for the Dash during the first half of the 2012 season. He hit .331 with 13 homers and 59 RBIs in 78 games, during which Shoemaker led the Dash to a first-half Southern Division title.

Shoemaker was one of three players who represented the Dash in the 2012 California-Carolina League All-Star Game, which was held at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem. With his father throwing to him, Shoemaker won the 2012 Home Run Derby.

However, Shoemaker missed the entire 2013 season with a torn labrum, and he is now heading to the Marlins organization. The former Indiana State star is likely to spend much of the 2014 season on Miami’s Triple-A roster in New Orleans.

Last season, Boston selected 2012 Dash reliever Jon Bachanov in the Triple-A phase, while 2010-11 Winston-Salem hurler Terry Doyle was chosen by Minnesota in the Major League phase of the 2011 Rule 5 Draft before being returned to the White Sox before that season began.

The White Sox did add a player via this year’s event. Catcher Adrian Nieto, who played for Potomac here in the Carolina League, joins Chicago’s organization from the Nationals. Nieto, 24, hit .285 with 11 home runs, 53 RBIs, and 68 runs scored over 110 games with the P-Nats in 2013.

Nieto becomes a member of the White Sox 40-man roster, which is now one shy of its maximum number of players.

One other notable tidbit from this year’s Rule 5 Draft. The Rangers selected Russell Wilson in the Triple-A phase of the process. Yes, that Russell Wilson. The former NC State signal caller who now leads the 11-2 Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.

Why would they do this? Here are some thoughts via baseball writers on Twitter.

It was certainly an interesting decision, but one that makes a lot of sense when you think about it. The Rangers’ farm system is regarded as one of baseball’s best, so why not have a young role model athlete swing by and talk with some of its prospects.

Believe it or not, but the season starts in 112 days. Look for our countdown of the top 10 blog posts from 2013 early next week.

- Brian

MLB wins come in pairs

While Winston-Salem is busy wrapping up a victorious road trip, two Dash alumni picked up their first victories at the big league level.

Andre Rienzo, who made his MLB debut late last month in Cleveland, had thrown well in his first four outings with the White Sox. He worked into the sixth inning and held his opposition to four runs or less in all four of those starts; however, he had not picked up a decision until Wednesday night in Kansas City.

In that outing, Rienzo allowed just two runs over six strong innings as the Sox won in Kansas City by a score of 5-2. Little did we know that the Brazilian would not be the only Dash alum to earn his first win in the majors.

One night later, the White Sox and Royals played into the 12th inning, and Jake Petricka was summoned for his big league debut. With two on and one out in the last of the 11th, Petricka induced an inning-ending double play. Conor Gillaspie’s 12th inning blast gave the Sox the lead, so Petricka collected a win in his first big league appearance.

Here are some reactions from Twitter to back-to-back firsts for two former Dash hurlers:

Quite a two-day run for Dash alums in the big leagues. Plus, Winston-Salem and the White Sox have won a combined 10 straight games. In a season of ups and downs, it is a good time to be in this organization.

Stay tuned to the blog for our preview of the Dash’s sweep chance at Potomac.

- Brian

VIDEO: Why we love baseball

There is no question that baseball is a grind, and players, coaches, staff members and fans are approaching the dog days of summer. However, it is always great to harken back to the reasons we fell in love with this game in the first place. Many people explain why they love baseball in this video.

Thanks to all those who weighed in, including Dash players Jeremy Erben and Martin Medina and broadcasters Brian Boesch and Rob Low.

- Curt

Dash quartet helps Carolina League roll

The Carolina League cruised to its second straight Midsummer Classic rout on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif., by a score of 12-2.

The Dash boasted four All-Stars in the contest, and all of them contributed to the blowout win.

  • Jeremy Farrell, who was the starting designated hitter, went 1-for-4 with a leadoff homer on the first pitch of the top of the second inning. He also scored after getting plunked in fifth.
  • Chris Curley, who entered as a pinch hitter in the fifth, went 1-for-2 with an eighth-inning single. He also participated in the Home Run Derby, which was won by Lynchburg’s Robby Hefflinger.
  • Chris Beck worked a scoreless sixth inning. He induced a pair of groundouts and a flyout with a one-out walk mixed into his first career All-Star effort.
  • Chris Bassitt stranded a pair of runners in a scoreless eighth frame. He walked a batter with one out before surrendering a single on a check swing by Angel Villalona. Bassitt responded with a pair of strikeouts to escape the jam.

Including last year’s 9-1 victory in Winston-Salem, the Carolina League has outscored the California League 21-3 over the last two All-Star Games. The “good guys” now own a slight 8-7-2 all-time series lead.

We’ll have more on the Midsummer Classic throughout the week.

- Brian

Why there is a doubleheader today

The Dash have arrived in Salem for a five-game, four-day series that kicks off today with a doubleheader. Why are we playing a twin bill today? This picture should sum it up fairly easily.

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This picture was taken in between games of the scheduled doubleheader back on May 23. Salem’s grounds crew fell victim to some incredibly high winds, and the tarp did not make it on the field in advance of a heavy thunderstorm.

The infield, obviously, was a disaster after the storm rolled through the Roanoke Valley, and the back end of that twin bill was pushed to today.

Unfortunately, when the team arrived today, they were greeted by the tarp. However, the execution was much better.

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It always seems to be an adventure from a weather standpoint when the Dash travel to Salem. Remember the electricity debacle, which resulted in a tie, back in 2012?

Fortunately, the tarp is coming off the field as I type, so we are hoping to play two today in a cloudy Salem. I’ll talk to you at 5:15 p.m. for the Pregame Dash here.

- Brian

Family prepared, motivates Farrell

Jeremy Farrell has recorded five extra-base hits in the last two games to raise his average to .287 (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

Jeremy Farrell has recorded five extra-base hits in the last two games to raise his average to .287 (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

Dash infielder Jeremy Farrell has been on a hot streak of late, going 4-4 with three doubles and a home run in Tuesday night’s series opener against Salem. He has also homered in back to back games, after also hitting one Sunday in the series finale against Potomac at BB&T Ballpark. Farrell has now tied Chris Curley and Courtney Hawkins for the team lead in home runs with seven. He has also driven in 32 runs, a total that is second to Myrtle Beach’s Trever Adams for the Carolina League lead.

Growing up, Farrell and his brothers were around the game all the time. His father, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, was a player in the major leagues for a few seasons with the Indians, Angels and Tigers before joining the coaching ranks. Jeremy says that having his dad in and around the game all the time helped him to prepare for his own baseball career:

Jeremy's dad John has the Red Sox just a half game out of first in his first season in Boston (weei.com).

Jeremy’s dad John has the Red Sox just a half game out in the AL East in his first season in Boston (weei.com).

“My brothers and I wouldn’t have had it any other way growing up around the ballpark. It was a great way to grow up. We learned a lot and always had a great role model in our dad.”

Now Jeremy has the chance to be the same kind of mentor to his own son after he and his wife Bridget celebrated the birth of their first child during the offseason.

“It’s great to be able to bring him around the clubhouse even though he’s too young to really know what’s going on.  It’s a unique experience and something I hope I can pass on to him like my dad did with us.”

The new addition to the family was just one part of a wild offseason for Jeremy as he spent spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization before being released and signing with the White Sox on Opening Day. Having spent his entire minor league career in one organization, he didn’t know what to expect at first. After settling in with the White Sox, Farrell is happy with where he has landed:

“The Chicago White Sox have been great so far. There’s a lot of great people who are here to help you and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. I am looking forward to what the future brings.”

Winston-Salem is certainly glad to have him, too. Farrell has been a key cog in the middle of the Dash’s order throughout the season, especially during this four-game winning streak.

The Dash will wrap up their three-game series with the Salem Red Sox with a doubleheader today after last night’s rainout. Game one starts at 5:05 p.m. Join Brian here for the Pregame Dash starting at 4:50 p.m.

- Rob

Breaking down the Dash…on Twitter

After a successful homestand, the Dash are enjoying an off day today before going on the road for a six-game trip to square off with division rivals Salem and Carolina.

Because today is an off day, we wanted to have some fun. Plenty of Dash players are on Twitter, and we found five players who tweeted some, well, interesting things, such as Duck Dynasty, Happy Feet and huge televisions. We’ll let them explain what they mean here:

Hope you enjoy!

- Erika

Snow at BB&T Ballpark

This is not an original idea, but it is a great one: pictures of snowfall inside baseball stadiums! After last night’s snowstorm, BB&T Ballpark looked very different than it does during the season.

Before the pictures, though, I want to congratulate one of my best friends, Aaron Goldsmith, on becoming the new radio broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners. Aaron and I worked together with the Frisco RoughRiders in 2011, and we have developed a tremendous friendship. He is one of baseball’s nicest people, and I couldn’t be happier for him.

He was with the Pawtucket Red Sox last season, and he did a similar blog post a few days ago when snow moved through Rhode Island. So, congratulate him by giving his blog a few more clicks before he turns it over to a new broadcast team in Pawtucket.

Without further ado, here are some pictures of snow at BB&T Ballpark:

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The view from the Womble Carlyle Club.

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The warning track around the ballpark looked ready for a game…a hockey game.

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Seats in the shade this morning still had plenty of snow on them.

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The berm looks a bit different.

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There was plenty of ice around the park, too.

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Only 84 days until the home opener, even if it doesn’t look like it.

Drive safely today, and enjoy the rare chance to see snow!

- Brian

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