The Atlanta Braves could be in the process of moving minor league operations from Lynchburg, Virginia, to Wilmington, North Carolina, a story Braves blog Talking Chop has been all over for months now. The Star News of Wilmington reported that the city council has approved a move to explore building a brand new baseball stadium in the city to house a minor league team, and that the Braves would move their current single-A Lynchburg Hillcats team to the city:
The council passed a memorandum of understanding with Mandalay Baseball Properties and the Atlanta National League Baseball Club that started Tuesday and ends July 31 with the option for it to be extended. The city will be looking at how much it would cost to build a stadium, potential locations and what the level of public support would be.
If the move becomes a reality, it would be the second time in recent years that the Braves have retreated from the state of Virginia. In 2008 the club moved its AAA team from Richmond to Gwinnett County after 42 years.