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22nd-best minor league market

The Winston-Salem Dash received tremendous news Monday when the SportsBusiness Journal released its rankings of minor league markets. Winston-Salem was slotted 22nd overall and first among both its North Carolina and Carolina League counterparts.

The final list consisted of 229 markets with at least one minor league team, and factors such as attendance, economy and tenure were featured in the ranking process. Winston-Salem was the fourth-highest market with only one minor league club in the city, trailing only Appleton, Wisc. (15), Clinton, Iowa (18), and Idaho Falls, Idaho (19).

Here is how the Dash stacked up with the rest of the Carolina League:

22. Winston-Salem, N.C.
27. Roanoke-Salem, Va. (Salem Red Sox)
28. Lynchburg, Va. (Lynchburg Hillcats)
82. Woodbridge, Va. (Potomac Nationals)
93. Frederick, Md. (Frederick Keys)
100. Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
102. Wilmington, Del. (Wilmington Blue Rocks)
NR. Zebulon, N.C. (Carolina Mudcats)

And here is the rest of the North Carolina group that made the top 100:

22. Winston-Salem
24. Asheville
37. Durham
62. Greensboro
84. Burlington

Winston-Salem’s place in the top 25 has circled out to local media, with both Owen Covington of the Business Journal and Scott Hamilton of the Winston-Salem Journal writing about the list.

Fan support and tenure in the market are crucial in these rankings, so this is a community-based accomplishment more than anything else. As always, we thank our fans for their tremendous support.

– Brian

Local Sportswriter Honored

Photo courtesy of the Winston-Salem Journal.

Photo courtesy of the Winston-Salem Journal.

The Winston-Salem Journal has always been very loyal to the Dash. The Journal brings a writer to every Dash home game, and it is a pleasure working with all of their staff writers. The publication produces fair, unbiased coverage of the Dash and distributes it to the masses in our area.

Before his recent retirement, Lenox Rawlings was one of the Journal’s sports stars. While Lenox did not cover many Dash games this season, he visited BB&T Ballpark for a few special features. His All-Star Game column remains my favorite written piece from this year’s Midsummer Classic in Winston-Salem. Lenox’s simple-yet-effective lede from this playoff story gives any baseball fan goosebumps.

Yesterday, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association announced that Lenox earned the “Sportswriter of the Year” award for North Carolina. Not a bad retirement present.

I have had the chance to speak with Lenox briefly, and he has been nothing but kind to me. I wish him a happy retirement. It’s great to have such a great writer here in the Winston-Salem area.

Congratulations, Lenox!

By the way, the NSSA also announces a “Sportscaster of the Year” for each state, and David Jackson, the Voice of Appalachian State athletics, earned the award. He is a former intern with us from 1999. Congrats to David, too!

– Brian