July 24, 2018
How I know the NFL season is approaching each year isn’t when my team puts the pads on for the first time in camp. Instead, it happens when my senses are overloaded with print stories and TV reports about players planning to sit out of training camp due to contract issues.
I’m all for…
July 22, 2018
Rocky Mount native and former Rocky Mount Gryphon Brian Goodwin was traded on Sunday morning from the Washington Nationals to the Kansas City Royals.
Goodwin, 27, who has been with Washington since the 2016 season, was sent to Kansas City in exchange for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan.
July 21, 2018
On Friday night against the Winston-Salem Dash, the Mudcats suffered a loss they’d like to forget, though a new franchise record in hits allowed won’t help in their efforts.
With 23 hits in all -- nine of which were for extra bases -- Carolina let up its largest hit total in its…
July 20, 2018
Football is back in Rocky Mount.
The Carolina Stallions, a semi-professional football team with long ties to the area, will play their season opener at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex.
Carolina plays a 12-week schedule in the Mason-Dixon Football League, and will open play…
July 16, 2018
This week marks one of just a few in the sports year where fans have to be creative with their time. Simply put, meaningful sports games are hard to find at the top levels.
The World Cup is over, Major League Baseball is in its All-Star break, and the other big three sports leagues — NBA, NFL…
July 07, 2018
The Milwaukee Brewers signed their first-round pick on Friday.
Shortstop Brice Turang, a high schooler taken 21st by Milwaukee, agreed to a $3,411,100 signing bonus, $397,500 above his slot value.
The deadline for draft picks to sign, unless they have exhausted college eligibility, was 5 p.m.…
July 04, 2018
ZEBULON -- A few days ago, Mudcats manager Joe Ayrault got a call from someone that brightened up a regular Sunday.
It wasn’t from any of his handful of promoted players on their way up to Double-A after time spent in Zebulon, but from an admired name of the past: sixth-year minor leaguer…
July 02, 2018
ZEBULON — It seems like forever ago. Actually, it seems like about three months ago.
On opening day, April 3, here is the lineup that Mudcats manager Joe Ayrault trotted out:
Luis Aviles Jr.
June 21, 2018
ZEBULON — Catcher Max McDowell became a mini Twitter phenomenon this season as a member of the Carolina Mudcats. He gained recognition throughout the corner niches of minor league baseball as a defensive plus with an impressive pop time.
And yet, Carolina League base runners kept daring him.…
June 21, 2018
ZEBULON — The Carolina League was idle for one final day on Wednesday before the league’s transition into the second half of the season today. And with Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Five County Stadium in the rearview, the Mudcats have shuffled their roster ahead of the final…