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International League Showcases Major League Hopefuls

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DURHAM — The crack of the bat and the smell of hot dogs and peanuts can only mean one thing-- opening day at the DBAP. This year, along with the good food, you'll see some especially good players. Many have been to the big dance, while others are waiting for their shining moment.

The fans are taking advantage of the AAA transition. The Devil Rays exhibition was sold out, and the home opener is also expected to be a packed house. The season offers many opportunities to get in on the fun.

The International League President, Randy Mobley, told WRAL's Tracy Wilson Thursday fans can expect to see a more advanced and mature players in the AAA. Bulls fans are accustomed to the younger guys, but now they can look forward to players with major league experience. A high percentage of the Bulls will get time in the major leagues this year. It all adds up to a higher caliber of baseball.

Mobley says the International League is full of competitive teams, including the Charlotte Knights. The Syracuse club, affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, is yet to be beaten. The International League is celebrating 115 years of play in 1998. That makes it the oldest league other than the American League.

Durham was chosen as the home of the AAA Bulls because of it's beautiful facility in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, as well as the strong ownership potential in Capitol Broadcasting's Jim Goodmon.