Results tagged ‘ Fall Classic ’

Weaver’s Ties To Winston-Salem

Earl Weaver while with the Winston-Salem Cardinals in 1950 (Bob Lemke).

Earl Weaver while with the Winston-Salem Cardinals in 1950 (Bob Lemke).

It is a somber Saturday morning in the baseball world. Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver has passed away at the age of 82. According to the New York Daily News, Weaver died of an apparent heart attack early this morning on an Orioles fantasy cruise.

Weaver’s claim to fame is his tremendous success as the manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Weaver was 1480-1060 (.583) in 17 seasons, and he led the O’s to four American League pennants. The Hall of Famer led Baltimore to the 1970 World Series title.

A man who Tim Kurkjian called “one of the three greatest managers of all time” on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning, Weaver contributed to the greatest season in Winston-Salem history.

In 1950, the Winston-Salem Cardinals posted a Carolina League-record 106-47 (.693) mark and won the league’s title. Weaver was the club’s second baseman and hit .276 during the season.

Weaver never reached the big leagues as a player, so he began his managerial career in the minor leagues in 1956. The St. Louis native reached Baltimore as the skipper in the middle of the 1968 season, and he led the O’s to the Fall Classic in each of his first three full seasons.

We send our condolences to the Weaver family. Earl has a special place in baseball history and in Winston-Salem history.

- Brian

Playoff Predictions Sure To Be Wrong

Welcome to October baseball. Sure, the regular season spilled over to the month’s first few days, but the next four weeks of action is truly October baseball.

Many in the Dash’s front office are excited about the postseason, too. Here are 10 playoff predictions from those of us brave enough to publicly make them.

First, some trends:

  • Detroit (tied for the worst record among playoff participants) and Atlanta (could be eliminated as early as tonight) both received three votes for the World Series title.
  • Baltimore, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Texas will not win it all according to all 10 voters, while Baltimore, St. Louis and Texas did not even reach anyone’s Fall Classic prediction.
  • Only one person (me) predicted the Rangers, who have won 18 playoff games over the last two years, to reach the ALCS.
  • Six people picked Detroit to reach the World Series, while five pegged Atlanta as the pennant winners on the Senior Circuit. Detroit v. Atlanta represents the most popular World Series prediction.

Here are all of the individual predictions. Give us your picks in the comments!

The majority of our voters think Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers will reach the World Series (Orlin Wagner/AP).

Sarah Baumann (Group Sales Representative):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Oakland
NLDS: Atlanta and Cincinnati
LCS: New York and Atlanta
World Series: New York

Brian Boesch (Guy Who Writes This Blog):

Wild Card: Texas and St. Louis
ALDS: Texas and Detroit
NLDS: Washington and San Francisco
LCS: Detroit and San Francisco
World Series: Detroit

Nikki Caldwell (Associate Director of Events & Marketing):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Detroit
NLDS: Atlanta and Cincinnati
LCS: Detroit and Atlanta
World Series: Atlanta

Brandon Cathey (Director of Marketing and Communications):

Wild Card: Texas and St. Louis
ALDS: New York and Detroit
NLDS: Washington and San Francisco
LCS: Detroit and San Francisco
World Series: Detroit

C.J. Johnson (Vice President, Ticket Sales):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Oakland
NLDS: Washington and San Francisco
LCS: New York and Washington
World Series: Washington

Chipper Jones is aiming for one more run in the playoffs with the Braves (AP).

Trey Kalny (Director of Game Entertainment):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Oakland
NLDS: Washington and Cincinnati
LCS: Oakland and Cincinnati
World Series: Cincinnati

Caleb Pardick (Associate Director of Creative Services):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Detroit
NLDS: Atlanta and Cincinnati
LCS: Detroit and Atlanta
World Series: Detroit

Russell Parmele (Group Ticket Sales Manager):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Oakland
NLDS: Atlanta and San Francisco
LCS: Oakland and Atlanta
World Series: Atlanta

Kayla Sherrill (Sales Coordinator):

Wild Card: Texas and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Detroit
NLDS: Washington and Cincinnati
LCS: Detroit and Cincinnati
World Series: Cincinnati

Brandon Stump (Business Development Representative):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Detroit
NLDS: Atlanta and Cincinnati
LCS: Detroit and Atlanta
World Series: Atlanta

No matter what happens, playoff baseball is here! What a great time of the year.

- Brian

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