Lynchburg, Va. - Elmore Sports Group, the ownership group of the Lynchburg Hillcats, was named the 2018 Organization of the Year by Ballpark Digest.
Ballpark Digest selected the Elmore Sports Group for this award due to the collective success of the seven teams it owns and operates, as well as guiding three different franchise shifts.
"We are proud of all our teams. Most of our teams have been members of the Elmore Sports Group for more than 30 years," said Elmore Sports Group Chairman, Dave Elmore.
Lynchburg has been under the direction of the Elmore Sports Group since 2016. During that time, the ownership has overseen a complete rebrand of the Hillcats, major upgrades to City Stadium, and a Carolina League Championship for Lynchburg in 2017.
"Elmore Sports Group is widely known as a top-tier ownership group throughout Minor League Baseball and beyond," said Hillcats President, Chris Jones. "I'm thrilled that the Elmore family has been recognized with this tremendous honor. Working closely with Dave and D.G. has been a privilege, and I'm excited to see what the future of Elmore Sports has to offer."
The Hillcats are one of seven Minor League Baseball teams and one hockey team owned by the Elmore Sports Group. The Elmore's also run the Amarillo Sod Poodles (Double-A affiliate, San Diego Padres), Inland Empire 66ers (Advanced-A affiliate, Los Angeles Angels), San Antonio Missions (Triple-A affiliate, Milwaukee Brewers), Eugene Emeralds (Class-A Short-Season affiliate, Chicago Cubs), Idaho Falls Chukars (Short-Season Rookie Level, Kansas City Royals), and the Rocky Mountain Vibes (Short-Season Rookie-Advanced affiliate, Milwaukee Brewers) in Minor League Baseball. Additionally, the East Coast Hockey League's Utah Grizzlies are also owned and operated by Elmore Sports Group.
"Being named Organization of the Year by Ballpark Digest is one of the greatest honors in baseball," said Elmore Sports Group President, D.G. Elmore. "The Elmore family is blessed to work with the best leaders in minor league baseball and to partner with baseball loving communities throughout the country."
The Elmore Sports Group has overseen the transition of three franchises heading into the 2019 season. The Missions are making the jump from the Double-A Texas League to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, while the Colorado Springs Sky Sox are leaving the Triple-A level and will be renamed as the Rocky Mountain Vibes to replace the Helena Brewers in the Short-Season Pioneer League. The Elmore's are also introducing an expansion team in 2019, as the Amarillo Sod Poodles are joining the Texas League in a brand new state-of-the-art ballpark.
Season ticket and group packages for all 70 of the Hillcats 2019 home games are on sale now, with special discounted rates available for fans who book by January 1. Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2019 season can reach out by phone at 434-528-1144 or stop by the City Stadium offices.
The Lynchburg Hillcats are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Hillcats are eight-time Carolina League Champions, having most recently won the Mills Cup Championship in 2017. The Hillcats play their home games at City Stadium, which has been home to Minor League Baseball in Lynchburg since 1963. For more information about the Lynchburg Hillcats, please contact Max Gun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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