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Former Warthog, MLB All-Star Lee retires

(Photo via Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images).

(Photo via Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images).

One of the most successful players in Winston-Salem baseball history, outfielder Carlos Lee announced his retirement on Thursday, which happened to be his 37th birthday.

A three-time All-Star in the big leagues, Lee starred on the 1997 Winston-Salem Warthogs, who finished the regular season at 66-74. He hit .317 with 17 homers and 82 RBIs over 139 games.

Lee debuted with the White Sox in 1999 and finished seventh in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. After six seasons with the White Sox, the Panama native joined the Brewers in advance of the 2005 season, which happened to be Chicago’s World Series season.

After a year and a half in Milwaukee, “El Caballo” played with the Rangers down the stretch in 2006 before spending the next six years with Houston. He was traded midway through his final campaign in the big leagues (2012) to Miami.

Lee just missed out on the White Sox title season, and he joined the Astros right after their tremendous run in the middle of last decade. As a result, he only played in the playoffs once (2000).

Congratulations to Lee on a tremendous career, during which he competed in the Midsummer Classic three times (2005-07). He was a career .285 hitter with 358 home runs in 2,099 games.

- Brian

Counting Down To The Home Opener

If you follow our social media accounts (especially our new Instagram feed), you have probably noticed that we have begun a countdown in advance of the Dash’s home opener Friday, April 12. We are now 86 days away from the first game at BB&T Ballpark in 2013.

We have spun each day in the countdown to something in Winston-Salem baseball history. Occasionally on the blog, we will rehash the recent numbers, and here is our first look back at the countdown.

100 – Instead of a stat, we provided the picture below (and here on Instagram).

100

99 – After missing the 2011 campaign due to injury, Kyle Bellamy returned to Winston-Salem at the beginning of 2012. Opponents hit just .182 against Bellamy in 99 at bats.

98 – Scott Snodgress dominated the Carolina League after a July promotion from Low-A Kannapolis. He posted a 4-0 record and a 1.50 ERA to go along with a 0.98 WHIP.

97 – Carlos Lee is one of two Winston-Salem alums who is both currently in the big leagues and has made an All-Star Game (Chris Sale is the other). Lee played with the Warthogs in 1997.

96 – In his MVP season of 2011, Ian Gac drove in 96 runs for the Dash.

The Spirits won the CL crown in 1993.

The Spirits won the CL crown in 1993.

95 – In 1995, the Winston-Salem franchise became the “Warthogs,” a nickname that stuck until the team became the Dash in 2009.

94 – All-Star Brady Shoemaker notched 94 hits in Winston-Salem before his midseason promotion to Double-A Birmingham.

93 – The Winston-Salem Spirits won the Carolina League title in 1993.

92 – From last season’s team, the only player who was born in 1992 was Carlos Sanchez, who proved to be one of the CL’s top prospects.

91 – The Carolina League rolled the Carolina California League 9-1 in the 2012 Midsummer Classic at BB&T Ballpark.

90 – Speaking of scores, the Dash took the deciding Game 3 of the Southern Division Championship Series 9-0 against Myrtle Beach.

89 – Brent Morel, who returned to Winston-Salem for a rehab assignment this season, wore number 8 while with the Dash in 2009.

88 – The CL’s MVP this season, Dash first baseman Dan Black, drove in 88 runs.

87 – Winston-Salem posted the best record in full-season minor league baseball last year (87-51).

86 – Cyle Hankerd mustered 86 hits in just 71 games with the Dash this past season.

Those are 15 of our Dash-themed numbers. Do you have any ideas for numbers 85 to 1? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter. Baseball will be back before you know it!

- Brian

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