BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Bristol State Liners was announced as the name of Bristol’s entry in the newly-formatted Appalachian League earlier today.

The team will be operated by Bristol Baseball, Inc. (BBI). BBI is the non-profit all-volunteer charitable organization which has operated the team’s entry in the Appalachian League since 1969.

“We are proud to announce the identity of this new team and this newly-restructured league,” said BBI president Mahlon Luttrell.

“We are confident that our fans in Bristol and beyond will be pleased with the high caliber of play the State Liners will bring to the field this summer. We will have some of the top college players in the country, who as part of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball’s Prospect Development Pipeline, will be headed for the big leagues in a few years.”

“We are looking forward to sharing this new identity in the team name and logos with all of our fans and others in the community and region, and look forward to being able to share more information about the team’s operations in the coming weeks,” Luttrell continued.

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