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By the Numbers: Carolina League

Baseball is a game of numbers. These figures can be added, subtracted, divided, multiplied, bent, twisted and turned in any number of ways to tell a story about a player, a team or, in this case, a league. In preparation for the 2008 season, takes a numerical look at the Carolina League.

2 Carolina League championships won in the last three years by the Frederick Keys.
2 Minor League pitching appearances by Kinston Indians manager Chris Tremie, who had a 14-year professional career as a catcher.
2 Triple Crown winners in Carolina League history -- Leo Daigle and Ray Jablonski, both of whom played for Winston-Salem.
2 World Series rings won by Potomac Nationals manager Randy Knorr during his playing career (Toronto Blue Jays, 1992-93).
2 Members of the Salem Avalanche who have been named Carolina League MVP since 2001 (Brad Hawpe, 2002; Mitch Einertson, 2007).
3 Home runs hit off John Smoltz by Lynchburg Hillcats manager Jeff Branson during his Major League career.
3 Hits in the 1989 American League Championship Series by Wilmington Blue Rocks hitting coach Nelson Liriano.
4 Times Myrtle Beach Pelicans teammates Jordan Schafer and Roberto Alvarez stole home during the 2007 season.
4 League championships won by Wilmington's Darryl Kennedy during his 10-year Minor League managerial career.
4 Hits allowed by Kinston Indians pitching coach Greg Hibbard in his only Major League shutout on Sept. 5, 1990.
5 Frederick Keys team records set in 1993 by Curtis Goodwin that still stand -- games (138), at-bats (555), hits (156), runs scored (98) and triples (10).
5 Major League shutouts thrown by Lynchburg Hillcats pitching coach Bob Milacki.
6 Members of the Hall of Fame at Potomac's Pfitzner Stadium (Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Andy Pettitte, Albert Pujols, Art Silber and Bernie Williams).
6 Victories needed by Jim Pankovits to become the winningest manager in Salem Avalanche history.
6 Runs driven in by Lynchburg Hillcats hitting coach Chris Truby for the Houston Astros on Aug. 6, 2000.
9 Positions played by Robbie Hudson of the Winston-Salem Warthogs on Aug. 31, 2007. Celebrating his 24th birthday, he capped the feat by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
9 Runs driven in by Kinston's Josh Rodriguez, who homered twice in the Indians' 22-10 thumping of Lynchburg on Aug. 2, 2007.
11 Carolina League championships won by the Winston-Salem Warthogs.
12 Playoff appearances by the Wilmington Blue Rocks in their 15-year history.
13 Consecutive years in which a Prince William/Potomac alumnus has played in the World Series.
15 Members of the 1983 Lynchburg Mets, led by Dwight Gooden, who went on to the Major Leagues.
15 Wins recorded by Wilmington's Rowdy Hardy in 2007 to set a franchise record.
19 Strikeouts by Winston-Salem's Harvey Haddix against Durham on Aug. 19, 1947.
20 Years the Frederick Keys have been affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles.
25 Years John Hopkins has served as Carolina League president.
26 Outs recorded by Chorye Spoone of the Frederick Keys before allowing a hit against the Wilmington Blue Rocks in Game 2 of the 2007 North Division Finals.
29 Home runs hit by Hall of Famer Willie McCovey for the Danville Leafs in 1956.
32 Relief appearances in 2007 by Albuquerque's Chris Young, whose brother, Steve, is an account executive for the Frederick Keys.
42 Years since there's been a 20-game winner in the Carolina League.
43 Years Calvin Falwell has served as president of the Lynchburg Baseball Corp.
52 Years Ernie Shore Field has been home to professional baseball in Winston-Salem.
64 Years that Winston-Salem has been a member of the Carolina League.
300 Strikeouts by Dwight Gooden, 191 innings, for the 1983 Lynchburg Mets.
425 Strikeouts by Frederick's David Hernandez, Chorye Spoone and Jason Berken, who finished 1-2-3 in the Carolina League in 2007.
490 Loads of laundry done by the Potomac Nationals clubhouse manager in 2007.
1,480 Major League managerial wins by Earl Weaver, who hit .276 for the Winston-Salem Cardinals in 1950.
1,623 Fans who slept in tents on the field during Scout Nights in 2007 at Potomac's Pfitzner Stadium.
24,103 Career rushing yards for Jerome Bettis and Eddie George, the newest members of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' ownership group.
164,413 Fans drawn to Lynchburg's City Stadium in 2007, establishing a franchise record.
258,469 Fans drawn to Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium by the Salem Avalanche in 2007, establishing a franchise record.
10,100,000 Cost to construct Salem Memorial Stadium in 1995.
Compiled by Daren Smith,