Hillcats.jpgIt was announced today that the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League will serve as the Reds’ advanced Class A affiliate for the 2010 season.  Located in Virginia, the Hillcats will replace the Reds’ Florida State League team in Sarasota. 

This move was finalized when the Florida State League approved the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bid to purchase and take over the Sarasota Reds and move that club to Bradenton.  The Pirates had been Lynchburg’s parent club since 1995. 

The Reds’ version of the Hillcats will call City Stadium home.  City Stadium is the oldest ballpark in the Carolina League and opened in 1940.  Joe DiMaggio drove in the ballpark’s first 2 runs during an exhibition game between the Yankees and Dodgers.  The stadium underwent a $6.5 million renovation beginning in 2002 and completed in 2004.

Lynchburg_07001.jpgThanks to Wikipedia, here are some interesting facts (or if you prefer, “minutiae”) relating to Lynchburg and the Lynchburg area:

•Lynchburg is approximately 430 miles from Cincinnati.  It’s now the third-closest affiliate to the Queen City in terms of mileage.  (Dayton Dragons 50 miles, Louisville Bats 105 miles, Carolina Mudcats 538 miles, Billings Mustangs 1,522 miles).
•Lynchburg’s nicknames include “City of Seven Hills,” “The Hill City” and “A City Unto Itself.”
•Lynchburg is located in Amherst County of Virginia, with a population of approximately 73,000.  The city sits along the James River at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Dr. Charles Browne Fleet invented Chap Stick in Lynchburg.
•Poplar Forest, where Thomas Jefferson once lived is located in the Lynchburg area.
•Appomattox Courthouse where General Lee surrendered to General Grant to end the Civil War is located about 20 miles west of Lynchburg.
•Lynchburg is the home of the annual Sedalia Center’s Chili Cook-Off where approximately 50 cooking teams battle for the prize of “Best Chili.”

beautiful-downtown-lynchburg.jpgballpark photo courtesy of

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