- Location: Lynchburg, VA
- League: Carolina League 1995-2019; Low-A East 2021; Carolina League 2022-
- Affiliation: Pittsburgh Pirates 1995-2009, Cincinnati Reds 2010, Atlanta Braves 2011-2014; Cleveland Indians/Guardians 2015-present
- Ballpark: Bank of the James Stadium
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).
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