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The Salem Half Marathon is exactly one month away. Two nights ago a brand new finisher’s medal was revealed at Olde Salem Brewery. Race director Molly Bullington says everyone who runs the half marathon, the 8-K race or the kid’s fun run will get some version of the colorful and larger medal.Bullington says they hope to see about 600 runners and walkers turn out for the 3rd annual race day on October 13th. Register on-line at

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(Salem Sox release) The Salem Red Sox have announced that third baseman Bobby Dalbec was dubbed the Carolina League’s 2018 Most Valuable Player and a Year-End All-Star. Dalbec, 23, is the first Salem player in the Red Sox era (2009-present) to win MVP honors.  He more than backed up those accolades, hitting a Red Sox-era record 26 homers, which was three more than any other Carolina Leaguer.

Over his final 35 games with Salem, Dalbec batted .323 with 12 homers, 37 RBI and a staggering 1.154 OPS. His July was tremendous, as he racked up 10 homers and 28 RBI in 26 games. Boston promoted Dalbec to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs on August 3. Dalbec finished 2018 atop the Carolina League in a number of categories, including homers (26), RBI (85), extra-base hits (55), slugging percentage (.573), and on-base plus slugging percentage, or OPS (.945).

(Christina Carillo photo)

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