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Minor League Baseball canceled its season Tuesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning the Asheville Tourists and hundreds of teams around the U.S. and Canada will not take the field this season.

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Baseball fans everywhere eagerly await news of whether Major League Baseball will start play in 2020.  Once MLB makes its mind up, then a decision on whether Minor League Baseball will play at all this year should soon follow.  North Carolina is home 11 minor league teams, including the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League. For one couple, the absence of the Tourists during the pandemic hits close to home.

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The Asheville Tourists baseball team is reportedly not at risk of losing its Major League Baseball affiliation.  That's according to a New York Times report which listed 42 minor league teams that MLB is looking at severing affiliations with as the league ponders a drastic reconstruction and contraction of the lower minor leagues following the 2020 season.  

Matt Bush BPR

30 years ago Friday, the movie Bull Durham premiered.  The film merged baseball and romantic comedy, all while showcasing the state of North Carolina.  Filming locations in the state included Durham, Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilson, Old Fort, and Asheville.