Lynchburg Hillcats

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Team History[edit]

1995-2016 Logo

The Lynchburg Hillcats, of the Single-A Carolina League and briefly in Low-A East, once saved themselves by selling themselves. The Cleveland Guardians farmhands play their home games at Calvin Falwell Field at Bank of the James Stadium in Lynchburg, VA.

In 2012, their then-parent Atlanta Braves bought their only non-owned farm club in order to move it to Wilmington, NC - if that city built a new stadium. Voters kicked that, the Braves didn't renew and Lynchburg changed tribes to the then-Indians. Calvin Falwell had founded the non-profit Lynchburg Baseball Corporation in 1966 to save the game for his city, seamlessly replacing its just-lost team, but the 2012 experience led the LBC to sell in 2016 to Elmore Sports Group on its promise to stay. ESG promptly stuck a toe in the water of a nickname change, but "Hillcats" won a landslide fan vote. Instead, a new color scheme and logo followed.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the 'Cats one level.

Three of the Guardians' four affiliates are in Ohio - which has no Single-A teams, making the 'Cats the closest feasible one. Two of the level are actually closer to Cleveland, but the Salem Red Sox were until recently owned by the Boston Red Sox and the Fredericksburg Nationals have much better geographic fits in both their present parent Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles.

The Hillcats play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Limonadas de Hill City (Lynchburg Lemonades).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach Coach
1995 67-71 5th Marc Hill Jim Bibby Jeff Richardson
1996 65-74 6th Jeff Banister Omer Munoz Jim Bibby
1997 82-58 2nd Jeff Banister (40-30) / Jeff Richardson (42-28) League Champs Richie Hebner Jim Bibby
1998 69-71 4th (t) Jeff Richardson (61-60) / Jeff Livesey (8-11) Jeff Livesey Jim Bibby
1999 64-73 6th Scott Little Greg Briley Jim Bibby
2000 66-72 6th Tracy Woodson Lost League Finals Tony Beasley Scott Lovekamp
2001 58-79 7th Curtis Wilkerson Greg Briley Blaine Beatty
2002 87-53 2nd Pete Mackanin League Champs Jeff Livesey Blaine Beatty
2003 76-59 2nd Dave Clark Lost League Finals Jeff Livesey Scott Lovekamp
2004 57-81 7th Jay Loviglio / Tom Prince Greg Briley Scott Lovekamp
2005 78-62 2nd Tim Leiper Lost in 1st round Brandon Moore Bob Milacki
2006 63-75 7th Gary Green Ramon Sambo Bob Milacki
2007 55-82 8th Jeff Branson Greg Briley Bob Milacki
2008 58-80 7th Jeff Branson Chris Truby Bob Milacki / Mike Steele
2009 73-66 3rd P.J. Forbes League Champs Dave Howard Wally Whitehurst
2010 61-77 7th Pat Kelly Tony Jaramillo Rigo Beltran
2011 60-78 8th Rick Albert (1-4) / Luis Salazar (59-74) Bobby Moore Derek Botelho
2012 72-68 3rd Luis Salazar League Champs Bobby Moore Derek Botelho
2013 69-70 5th Luis Salazar Lost in 1st round John Moses Derek Botelho
2014 68-71 4th Luis Salazar Lost in 1st round John Moses / Carlos Méndez Derrick Lewis
2015 72-68 3rd Mark Budzinski Lost in 1st round Bobby Magallanes Tony Arnold/Rigo Beltran
2016 84-56 2nd Mark Budzinski Lost League Finals Larry Day Rigo Beltran
2017 87-52 1st Tony Mansolino League Co-Champs Kevin Howard Rigo Beltran Kyle Hudson
2018 71-66 4th Rouglas Odor Lost in 1st round Justin Toole Tony Arnold Grant Fink
2019 62-73 8th Jim Pankovits Johnny Narron Joe Torres Mike Mergenthaler
2020 Season cancelled
2021 58-62 7th Dennis Malave Chris Smith Tony Arnold Juan De La Cruz
2022 63-68 8th Omir Santos Lost League Finals Craig Massoni Kevin Erminio Daniel Robertson
2023 67-64 4th (t) Jordan Smith Ordomar Valdez Tony Arnold Yan Rivera
2024 Jordan Smith Cole Nieto Tony Arnold Erlin Cerda

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