ASHEVILLE, NC-- With the 2016 season hitting the home stretch, the Asheville Tourists have officially released their schedule for 2017. Asheville will host 70 regular season games, 32 in the first half of the season and 38 in the second half.
The Colorado Rockies announced that the entire Tourists field staff from 2015 will return to Asheville for another campaign. Manager Warren Schaeffer will be joined in the Tourists' dugout by Development Supervisor Marv Foley; Hitting Coach Mike Devereaux; and Pitching Coach Mark Brewer. Also returning to the Blue Ridge for his second season is Athletic Trainer Casey Papas.
Rosters for the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 12th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, were announced by Major League Baseball earlier today on MLB Network's "MLB Central" and MLB.com.
With the Asheville Tourists 2015 home opener just over one month away, and the McCormick Field seating renovations taking shape, single-game tickets for 69 of the Tourists 70 home games are going on sale to the public this Saturday, March 14. Tickets to the July 3 Fireworks Extravaganza game will not go on sale until Saturday, May 2. The Asheville Tourists ServPro Box Office will be open from 10:00am-3:00pm this coming Saturday as well as weekdays from 8:30am-5:30pm. Single-game tickets are also available to purchase over the phone at (828)258-0428 or online at www.theashevilletourists.com beginning at 10:00am March 14.
In 1915, Asheville celebrated its first baseball championship by taking the North Carolina State League title with a 74-46 record. That season also marked the first widespread use of the nickname Tourists in the local newspapers and among the club's fans.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the iconic nickname, the Asheville Tourists will have six jersey giveaway nights during the 2015 season at McCormick Field. Each of the giveaway nights will feature a specific replica uniform from notable seasons over the past century, beginning with the 1915 Jersey Presented by Aaron's, which will be given to the first 1,000 fans in attendance when the Tourists host the Lexington Legends on May 2nd.
It is exactly 100 days until the Asheville Tourists open the gates at McCormick Field for their 2015 season home opener. This upcoming season will mark the 100th year since the franchise undertook the name Asheville Tourists.
Professional Baseball in the city of Asheville began in 1897 with the Asheville Moonshiners; however, it was in 1915 when the club first adopted the name Tourists after using the nickname Mountaineers the previous two seasons. Local newspapers started referring to the club as "Tourists" since the ballplayers hailed from all over the map. Once the team took on the name they won first place in both halves of the North Carolina State League in the 1915 season.
The Colorado Rockies announced that former Tourists infielder Warren Schaeffer will manage the Asheville Tourists for the 2015 campaign. Schaeffer will be joined in the Tourists' dugout by Development Supervisor Marv Foley; Hitting Coach Mike Devereaux; and Pitching Coach Mark Brewer. Also new to the staff is Athletic Trainer Casey Papas, who served in the same role with Short Season-A Tri-City in 2014.
Guy Skinner was the winner of a set of Callaway irons for his Hole-In-One on #13 (206 yards) at Sequoyah National during the Asheville Tourists Children's Fund Golf Tournament held August 18. Robert Green, owner of Golf USA, presented Skinner his new clubs.