The Lynchburg Hillcats, of the Carolina League and briefly in Low-A East, 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 Tribe's four affiliates are in Ohio - which has no Low-A teams, making the 'Cats the closest feasible one. Two Low-A teams are actually closer to Cleveland, but the Salem Red Sox are 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.