It’s bad news for Bill (editor here at RN and Sarasota-lover) but this worked out well for me, personally:

The Reds are selling the their Florida State League affiliate to the Pirates. The Sarasota Reds will become the Bradenton Reds.

To replace the high Single-A team, the Reds will take over the Pirates’ Lynchburg team in the Carolina League.

Lynchburg is closer to me, and I travel past there at least a couple of times a summer as I’m going to conferences. Also, my brother lives a short drive away from there, so it’ll give me an excuse to go visit him.

I’ve been to that stadium in Lynchburg; it’s pretty nice for a single-A club. I’ll hunt up some pictures later.