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Braves moving Myrtle Beach team to Va.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves announced on Thursday that the club’s Advanced-A team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, will move from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Lynchburg, Va., beginning in 2011.

The city of Lynchburg and the Braves have reached an agreement on a four-year Player Development Contract.

The Advanced-A team will be known as the Lynchburg Hillcats and will remain as a part of the Carolina League. The club will play at Lynchburg City Stadium, which is located approximately 70 miles from the Braves’ Rookie-League affiliate, Danville Braves.

“We want to thank Chuck Greenburg and the fans in Myrtle Beach for 12 years there, but we are excited to enter into a new relationship in Lynchburg,” said Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren. “We have a great respect for Calvin Falwell and Paul Sunwall and the baseball operation in Lynchburg. We think it will be a great new affiliation to add to our system and the close proximity to Danville is ideal for our player development.”

The Lynchburg Hillcats will hold a press conference today at Lynchburg City Stadium to discuss the recently-signed agreement. Exact location and a time for the press conference to be determined.