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      Riverdogs 2013 Ring of Honor candidates announced

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (DOGS) - Throughout the years, there have been literally hundreds upon hundreds of baseball players call Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park "home."

      Charleston fans have had the opportunity to cheer on future Major League All-Stars, World Series Champions and even an American League MVP in Josh Hamilton.

      Each and every season, Charleston fans get to vote on the player they think most represents that year's team. In the past, names like Aubrey Huff, Josh Hamilton, Delmon Young, and BJ Upton have been inducted into this very select group of players.

      This year, another worthy RiverDog star will be lucky enough to join the prestigious club.

      The nominees for the 2013 RiverDogs Ring of Honor are (in alphabetical order): 1B Greg Bird, RHP Rafael De Paula, LHP Dietrich Enns and C Peter O'Brien.

      Each one of these young men has made an indelible mark not only on this season's Charleston roster, but also on the history of the organization and the legacy of baseball in the Holy City.

      De Paula, Enns, and O'Brien were named First Half All-Stars for the South Atlantic League's Southern Division. All three were also rewarded with a promotion to High-A Tampa immediately following the completion of the first half.

      Bird continued his solid first half with an otherworldly second half which saw him turn in some of the best single-game and weeklong performances in RiverDogs history.

      "Our Ring of Honor is something that we as an organization and our fans look forward to every season," said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. "It is also something that the players who are elected should take a great amount of pride in. This year we are excited to induct another bright young star that played right here at Riley Park. All four are very worthy candidates."

      Each of the four players is certainly worthy of induction into the RiverDogs Ring of Honor. Which one of the four is elected is entirely up to you, the fans. Voting is currently being conducted on www.riverdogs.com. Voting ends September 2.

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