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     Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts both played for the Salem Red Sox on their way to playing for the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.
Baseball in Salem
2009 - TODAY
CAROLINA LEAGUE
SALEM RED SOX
BOSTON RED SOX (2009-TODAY)
in Salem now playing here in Boston,” said Zue. “You see a guy like Will Middlebrooks or Xander Bogaerts starting in the World Series. That’s only a few years removed from playing in Salem.”
Advertising today is more media friendly than it was 20 years or even 10 years ago. Salem’s new general manager, Ryan Shelton, is using innovative ways to bring more fans into the stadium.
“Social media is vital to our advertising and our reach has doubled over the past year. Every day we can promote the night’s game to our fans,” Shelton said. “The fans need to be entertained. We hired a full time promotions and marketing manager who has experience. We’re bringing in creativity and new things to put bodies in the building and bring fans back.”
That creativity includes a special “Turn Back the Clock Night” on May 20 when the team will once again become the Salem-Roanoke Friends for the evening. Special throwback uniforms will be worn for the event.
The Fabric of Salem
 This season marks the diamond anniversary of the first pitch thrown in Salem. The city has the third-longest tenure with Carolina League behind Lynchburg & Winston-Salem in part due to the community support throughout the years. Faces and facilities have changed, but summer nights at the ballpark remain a constant.
“Baseball has been part of the fabric of this community for so many years that it’s hard to think about not having baseball here in Salem,” Harveycutter said. “It’s one of those things that makes Salem what it is. It puts Salem on the map.”
C TIM FEDEROWICZ OF DANIEL NAVA
1B ANTHONY RIZZO P STEPHEN FIFE
P CASEY KELLY
C RYAN LAVARNWAY 3B WILL MIDDLEBROOKS P CESAR CABRAL
P MIGUEL GONZALEZ P STOLMY PIMENTEL P ALEX WILSON
P DRAKE BRITTON P RYAN PRESSLEY P JUNICHI TAZAWA SS XANDER BOGAERTS OF JACKIE BRADLEY P DAISUKE MATSUZAKA P BRANDON WORKMAN
2009-10 3+ (LAD) 2009 3+ (BOS) 2009 3+ (SD, CHC) 2009 2+ (LAD) 2009 1+ (SD)
2010 3+ (BOS) 2010 2+ (BOS) 2010-11 1+ (NYY) 2010-11 2+ (BAL) 2010-11 1+ (PIT) 2010 1+ (BOS) 2011 1+ (BOS) 2011 1+ (MIN) 2011 4+ (BOS) 2012 1+ (BOS) 2012 1+ (BOS) 2012 7 (BOS, NYM) 2012 1+ (BOS)
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Salem’s scenic setting lingers in the minds of the athletes who played at both ballparks, even after more than 20 years.
“Salem was such a beautiful place to play,” Wakefield said. “Coming from Florida, I didn’t get time to spend in a mountainous area. It was picturesque to play ball there with that backdrop.”
In addition to players, former staff members still have lasting impressions of their time in Salem.
“My first impression and last impression of Salem was and will always be the people,” said Katz, now the general manager for the Savannah Sand Gnats. “A place like Salem will stay with you for the rest of your life.”
The relationship between the City of Salem and Fenway Sports Management continues to flourish. There are no talks of them leaving Salem because of the strong tradition in the Carolina League and loyal fans who return year after year.
“Salem is a great baseball town,” said Lazzaro, now an attorney in Salem. “This will always be the Roanoke Valley team, but the success is being here in Salem. Salem does it right.”
348-345 OVERALL RECORD (.502 W-L% ENTERING 2014)
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