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Bernie On The Scene: Wil Power

Bernie Pleskoff

Bernie Pleskoff

Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.

Scouting in Durham this past week at the home of the Durham Bulls was an outstanding experience.

The ballpark where the film "Bull Durham" was made still exists. It is down the street a bit and still in use for high school and community games.

The park that hosts the existing Tampa Bay Rays' Triple-A team is one of the most bustling and busy minor league locations I have seen. In fact, each day the team store was so busy I didn't even get in the door.

Downtown Durham is dominated by the presence of bulls. Of course, it was the home of Bull Durham tobacco and various other brands. None are still produced in the environment of the park where cigarette brokers used to receive tobacco from nearby growers. The Lucky Strike Building is bustling with restaurants. The L&M Building was a bit off in the distance from my hotel. "Tobacco Road," a development of trendy shops and restaurants, hosts a very successful performing arts center.

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