Asheville – Good news bad news day for the Asheville Tourists baseball team. The good news the Colorado Rockies and the Asheville Tourists agreed to extend their contract for two more years, which means the Tourists will stay as the Rockies South Atlantic League affiliate for the 2019, 2020 seasons. The bad news, the Tourists give up 2 unearned runs in the 9th to lose their third straight to visiting Kannapolis, 2-1.
The player development partnership is as strong as any in baseball. “We are thrilled and grateful to once again extend our longstanding partnership with the Asheville Tourists and we look forward to continuing to bring exciting baseball to this beautiful city while also positively impacting this wonderful community off the field,” said Zach Wilson the Rockies Director of Player Development.
With the new agreement in place, Asheville will share its affiliation with the Rockies for the 26th and 27th consecutive years; the longest active affiliation between any South Atlantic League team and their Major League affiliate. The Tourists became a Colorado Rockies’ affiliate in 1994.
“Historically the relationship between the Tourists and the Rockies is one of the strongest between a Major League franchise and a Minor League organization,” said Tourists owner Brian DeWine. “The ultimate destination of players here in Asheville is Denver. We take pride in our role of helping develop these individuals as they work towards that goal.”
The Rockies currently have 18 players on their 40-man roster who have played for the Asheville Tourists.
The news wasn’t as good later in the night. The Tourists lost their third straight to visiting Kannapolis. The T’s got a second inning home run from Ramon Marcelino, his 6th, to give Asheville a 1-0 lead. That lead held until the 9th when a throwing error by catcher Austin Bernard led to the tying run and another rbi single from Laz Rivera added what proved to be the winning run. The Intimidators go for the 4 game McCormick sweep Tuesday but they will have to go it early. First pitch set for 10:35 in the morning.