Sweet deal puts Lynchburg owners at ease
By Dan Spears
Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 6:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 6:16 p.m.
For more than 30 years, Paul Sunwall has put his heart – and his wallet – into minor league baseball in Lynchburg, Va.
As a part owner of the Lynchburg Hillcats, and the team’s general manager, he’s seen plenty of people come into town asking about buying his team – and usually wanting to leave town with it.
He and the Lynchburg Baseball Corp. had always said no, until the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties made their pitch late in 2011.
If Wilmington decides in the next five months that it will build a new stadium, Sunwall and his fellow owners will complete paperwork to sell the team to the Braves, which will pack up and head for the Port City as soon as the 2014 season.