Lynchburg joins Reds farm system
The Lynchburg (VA) Hillcats are pleased to announce that in the 2010 season they will serve as the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The move became official when the Florida State League owners approved the Pittsburgh Pirates bid to purchase Cincinnati’s High-A club in Sarasota, Fla.
With this approval, the Pirates have taken over control of the Reds Advanced-A team, and are relocating the club to Bradenton, Fla. Pittsburgh already has their Spring Training facility and Gulf Coast League team in Bradenton as part of Pirate City.
Cincinnati will move its High-A team to Lynchburg to replace the Pirates, who had called City Stadium their Advanced-A home since 1995. The Reds will be just the second team to use the moniker of Hillcats, which was formed when the Pirates began their affiliation. Cincinnati will assume responsibility of the final year of a two-year contract that Pittsburgh signed before the start of the 2009 season.
Seen here are photos of Calvin Falwell Field at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia. The stadium was built in 1940 and has seen many renovations, the last in 2005.
The original construction of the baseball park and an adjacent football field was a part of the New Deal’s Work Progress Administration programs. Field dimensions: LF-325′, CF-390′, RF-325′. Capacity: 4,281.
Lynchburg Hillcats mascot, Southpaw.