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I’ve had a blast coming up with the daily countdown to the 2013 season. Every number from 100 to 53 has been represented, and we went through some of them a few weeks back.
If you have missed any, 100-86 can be found here, and 85-53 is available below:
85 – In ’85, Winston-Salem won the CL title despite a regular season record of just 58-81. (Still counts!)
84 – This past season, right-handed pitching prospect Jake Petricka struck out 84 men while with the Dash.
83 – 1983 was the final year of the Winston-Salem Red Sox, the team with the most wins (1635) & Carolina League titles (5) in Winston-Salem history.
82 – Five years after playing in Winston-Salem, Hall of Famer Wade Boggs made his MLB debut in 1982.
81 – Mike Blanke, who earned a non-roster invite to spring training, had 81 hits a year ago in Winston.
80 – In the Dash’s 80th PA of the game, Chase Blackwood’s RBI single gave the Dash a 4-3, 20-inning win on May 19, 2010, against Myrtle Beach.
79 – Bill Slack, the winningest manager in W-S and CL history, was the 1979 Manager of the Year.
78 – Winston-Salem hit a league-best .278 in 2012.
77 – 2011 first rounder Keenyn Walker has 77 stolen bases in just 165 minor league games.
76 – The Dash played 76 total games at beautiful BB&T Ballpark last season.
75 – Chris Bassitt struck out 75 in his 91 innings last season in Winston-Salem.
74 – Fan-favorite Dan Black led the Dash with 74 hits at BB&T Ballpark in his MVP season.
73 – All-Star Michael Earley drove in 73 runs with the Dash in 2012 (T-4th in the CL).
72 – On July 4th, 2012, a single-game record 7,285 fans enjoyed a Dash game at BB&T Ballpark.
71 – MLB Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson started 71 games in 1956, the final season of his amazing 10-year career (this was the fact on January 31, Robinson’s birthday).
70 – In 70 innings pitched with the White Sox last year, rookie Hector Santiago posted a 3.33 ERA.
69 – In game 69 of 2012, the Dash clinched the 1st-half title with a 9-5 win at Wilmington June 16.
68 – On July 17, 1968, Ed Phillips tossed the first perfect game in CL history. It is still Winston-Salem’s only perfecto in franchise history.
67 – In 67 innings in Winston-Salem last season, Terance Marin recorded an impressive 2.42 earned run average.
66 – Reliever Kevin Vance boasted a 1.66 ERA in 11 outings with Winston-Salem in 2012.
65 – Winston-Salem was 65-23 when hitting at least one home run in 2012. This record was the best on the circuit.
64 – If you attended every regular season game at BB&T Ballpark in 2012, you watched an even 640 innings of baseball!
63 – Winston-Salem’s single-season batting average record is .363, set by 8-year MLB vet Ray Jablonski in 1951.
62 – All-Star Matt Heidenreich whiffed 62 batters with the Dash before a July trade to the Houston organization.
61 – Winston led the Carolina League with a 61-22 mark when scoring first in 2012.
60 – In 1960, Ed Olivares hit 35 home runs for Winston-Salem, which still remains a single-season franchise record
59 – Both Marcus Semien and Brady Shoemaker drove in 59 runs for Winston-Salem last season.
58 – Carlos Sanchez, who is currently in big league camp with the White Sox, scored 58 times for the Dash in ’12.
57 – 57 different players suited up for the Dash in 2012, and they posted full-season Minor League Baseball’s best mark (87-51)!
56 – Outfielder Keenyn Walker led all White Sox farmhands with a combined 56 stolen bases between Low-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem last year.
55 – Since becoming the Dash prior to the ’09 season, Winston boasts a .554 winning percentage (317-255). This includes regular season and postseason games.
54 – Trayce Thompson hit .254 with CL-bests in homers (22) and RBI (90) with the Dash a year ago.
53 – The Dash boasted 5 year-end All-Stars (Dan Black, Michael Earley, Carlos Sanchez, Brady Shoemaker and Trayce Thompson) and 3 midseason All-Stars (Earley, Shoemaker and Matt Heidenreich).
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.
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!
It was an eventful weekend for the Dash. From our first “Breakfast with Santa” event to the 22nd-annual Winston-Salem Jaycees Downtown Holiday Parade, we recap the weekend in photos below.
Santa’s setup in the Womble Carlyle Club was pretty nifty.
Bolt found a new best friend!
This Bolt character is pretty popular with the ladies, too.
Bolt waving to all of his fans.
Thanks to Russ, Jay, Bolt, Kayla, Brandon, Matt, Darren and Chris for their extra effort this weekend.
Hope you ran into the Dash at some point this weekend! Have a great Monday.
Last night’s division-clinching victory was much different than the Dash’s first-half triumph.
In June, the Dash jumped out to a big lead before holding on for the win. Last night, Lynchburg’s three-run lead was an early obstacle.
In June, Winston was playing some of its best baseball of the season when it clinched at Wilmington. Last night, the Dash were aiming to avoid their longest losing streak of the season, which still sits at a meager three games.
In June, the Dash needed to best a struggling Wilmington squad on the road in order to knock down a division crown. Last night, the Blue Rocks completed a sweep of second-place Myrtle Beach to help the Dash to another division title.
In June, Erik Johnson and Keenyn Walker were in Kannapolis with a middle-of-the-road South Atlantic League squad. Last night, Johnson earned the win and Walker made a spectacular game-winning catch.
In June, Taylor Thompson was on the disabled list after a tough first half. Last night, he was wrapping up his 12th save and adding to his remarkable second-half resume.
In June, the Dash stormed into the clubhouse for a special celebration. Last night, more than 4,000 fans at BB&T Ballpark applauded as their hometown team simply slapped hands in the middle of the diamond.
In June, the jury was still out about the Mills Cup favorite. Last night, the Dash officially assumed that large target following their 84th victory.
However, all of these differences still resulted in one undeniable similarity between June 16 and August 30.
Winston-Salem had once against clinched the best record in the Carolina League during the current half.
Winston is two-thirds of the way to a clean CL sweep in 2012. However, this next two-week journey is the defining period of the season. A championship is on the line, and the Dash will fight with Myrtle Beach, Lynchburg and Wilmington for the league’s greatest prize.
That’s why last night was so different after the game. There was no need to celebrate, because the important part of the season begins in five days.
And it will kick off at BB&T Ballpark, the home of the Carolina League’s overwhelming favorite.
Have you ever wondered what life on the road in the Carolina League is like? Let us take you on the bus with the Dash after a recent road trip back from Wilmington last month.
The Dash play 70 games each year at BB&T Ballpark. The rest of the season, though, Winston-Salem’s favorite team hits the road to one of seven different cities in five states. The longest trip is north to Wilmington, Del., where the Blue Rocks call home.
Earlier this month, the Dash took three of four from the Blue Rocks in Wilmington. Here’s the journey back from the First State to the Triad.
4:57 p.m.: More than three hours after first pitch, the Dash nail down a 6-5, 10-inning victory over the Blue Rocks. After their victorious handshakes on the field, the players and coaching staff heads to the clubhouse to shower, eat and pack.
5:29 p.m.: I make it down to the clubhouse and notice that about half of the players are ready to leave. A few others are getting changed, and a handful of guys have to help load the bus. Some players have a certain bag for which they are responsible, which is the last task before we can embark on our journey.
5:42 p.m.: The bags are loaded onto the bus, and the doors are locked. We are ready to go.
5:47 p.m.: After a quick check to make sure everyone is here, our bus driver Calvin starts the bus and begins the 430-mile journey back to Winston-Salem.
6:05 p.m.: At the exact time two other Carolina League games are beginning, the Dash have already hit the road and are stopping for a quick meal after the team crushed the food available to them in the clubhouse. Normally, we just stop at a gas station, but because of the long trip, we pull into a nice rest stop with plenty of food options.
6:26 p.m.: With dinner in hand, the players load up once again, and we are off after the quickest pit stop we’ve made all season.
6:34 p.m.: Dash first baseman Dan Black, other than being known as the “Big Black Bear,” is normally the man who decides what movie we watch on the bus, but Michael Earley beat him to it for the first movie. We begin watching Safe House, starring Denzel Washington.
7:40 p.m.: Our journey back from Wilmington is the only one where traffic can throw off our estimated time of arrival. Even though it is a Sunday evening, congestion a few miles outside Baltimore causes us to slow down for 15 minutes.
8:23 p.m.: The movie credits crawl on the screen for no more than 30 seconds before Black is switching movies. He did not let Earley beat him to the DVD player this time. Veteran move.
9:32 p.m.: The sun has set, and most of the bus is dark. Only Dash strength and conditioning coach Shawn Powell and I are on our computer and using the light above our heads. I am preparing All-Star Game material, and Shawn (one of the most interesting men in the Carolina League) is likely working on his Anthony Davis scouting report for the sports website to which he contributes. Shawn is an NBA Draft guru, and the big event is right around the corner.
10:13 p.m.: For the first time this season, we have made two stops on a single trip. Even on a Sunday night, Calvin navigates us to an area with three different fast food options. They don’t call him the best bus driver in the Carolina League for nothing!
10:48 p.m.: After watching most of the fourth quarter of the NBA Finals game between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder while in McDonalds, the team heads back on the bus. Even though we left before 6 p.m., the GPS says we have four more hours to go. That’s the down side of multiple stops.
11:12 p.m.: It’s nap time for me. Many players are still awake watching the end of the second movie, but the number of players who fall asleep will increase quickly.
11:54 p.m.: I fall asleep.
12:13 a.m.: I wake up.
12:27 a.m.: I fall asleep.
12:58 a.m.: I wake up. As you can tell, the bus isn’t the easiest place to catch some Z’s.
1:44 a.m.: Some people have a certain place near their home that lets them know they are close. For me, that is the drive through Greensboro, which is finally here.
2:03 a.m.: I see the Winston Tower! What an awesome and relieving sight it is.
2:09 a.m.: Calvin stops the bus right in front of the clubhouse entrance, and our trip is over. It does not take the players long to drop off their baseball bag, grab their personal bag and head home. Normally, most of the clubhouse is empty 15 minutes after arriving from a long road trip.
2:47 a.m.: After 10 innings, 430 miles, two stops, three movies, I finally arrive home and quickly crawl into bed. Even though the trip was long, it came after a victory, and we didn’t have any bus issues. All in all, it was a success, but you have to leave now because I’m going to sleep. Thanks for tagging along!