June 22, 2021 (Asheville, N.C.) — As the calendar officially turns to summer, the Tourists will be in town all week to host the Winston-Salem Dash (formerly of the Carolina League) starting tonight at 6:35 p.m. at McCormick Field. Asheville is coming off a six-game home series split with the Aberdeen IronBirds. The IronBirds, along with Winston-Salem and Asheville, joined the newly-created “High-A East” this spring as part of the re-organization of MiLB.
Through 41 games the Tourists are 18-23 and in sixth place in the circuit’s South Division. Winston-Salem arrives in Asheville with a 20-22 mark and 1.5 games ahead of the Tourists. Included on the roster of the Dash is leftfielderAlex Destino. Destino is a native of nearby Weaverville and was selected in the 14th round of the 2017 draft by the Dash’s parent, the Chicago White Sox. He is a career .270 hitter in the minors and has started 40 of 42 games this year for the visitors.
July 14, 2020 (Asheville, N.C.)— With so much uncertainty at the major league level on the resumption of play, it seemed increasingly inevitable in June that any affiliated minor league baseball season would need to be scuttled. That inevitability became a reality on June 30 when MiLB announced that it was canceling the 2020 season.
Locally, that translates into the Tourists being sidelined for the summer. In the past week, the team made the most of an empty stadium and a challenging situation when they announced the opening of McCormick’s Summer Grill at McCormick Field. Fans can enjoy the rare opportunity to eat on a minor league baseball field without dodging liners and the team will offer a portion of its ballpark menu for diners.
College Football — Area college football (including Western Carolina, Mars Hill, and Brevard) will likely make initial decisions on the conference level as to fall play this season. Nationally, there’s been a steady stream of updates on anticipated play, including the cancellation of the Ivy League fall sports seasons. The PAC-12 and Big-10 have announced conference-only seasons, with that still subject to change. The New York Times recently ran an excellent article on the probability, or lack thereof, of college football this fall.