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Braves Ink Development Deal with Lynchburg Hillcats

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Farewell Myrtle Beach Pelicans, we will miss you! The 11 year affiliation between the Braves and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans is over and done with. Chuck Greenburg, who just bought the Texas Rangers, owns Myrtle Beach, and they are now the Rangers high-A affiliate...because Texas and Myrtle Beach go together like strawberries and cream, right? Regardless, the Braves needed to find a new affiliate and did so very quickly. That new affiliate is the Lynchburg Hillcats. Lynchburg was associated with the Reds last season, and previously, the Pirates. They play at Calvin Falwell Field in City Stadium, which was built in...1939. Thankfully, there was a renovation in 2002, so the stadium isn't totally ancient. Regardless, its a far cry from the rest of the parks the Braves minor league affiliates play in, which are new and gorgeous (apparently). I do not know the dimensions, because Lynchburg's website is a disaster. This affiliation is not off to a great start. Did I mention that Lynchburg is now the northernmost of the Braves minor league teams? Its also somehow more in the middle of nowhere than Danville. The deal with the Hillcats is for 4 years, so it looks like we're gonna be stuck for awhile. Its a shame a team in the Florida State League wasn't open...I'd rather have another team down there to keep most of the operation centralized than to throw another team way up in Virginia. I blame you, Chuck Greenburg.
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