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Lexington Legends, Florence Y’Alls to meet in ‘Battle of the Bourbon Trail’ summer baseball series

The Lexington Legends and the Florence Y’Alls have announced The Battle of the Bourbon Trail, a newly formed venture to take the field this summer. Both cities will form two teams that will play in front of fans every Wednesday through Sunday starting in Florence on July 31. The Battle of the Bourbon Trail came about from both the Frontier League and Minor League Baseball canceling their 2020 seasons....

College Commonwealth Baseball Club to begin play at Whitaker Bank Ballpark next Tuesday (June 30)

Gov. Andy Beshear has given his approval, and baseball will be played at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in 2020. The first College Commonwealth Baseball Club game will be next Tuesday (June 30) at 5:30 p.m. Whitaker Bank Ballpark will host baseball games ranging from college wood bat games, to youth level tournaments. “We are extremely excited and ready for baseball to be back,” said Legends President...

Legends join Minor League Baseball’s CommUNITY First campaign to raise funds for Feeding America

The Lexington Legends announced today they are joining MiLB CommUNITY First, a new national initiative developed by Minor League Baseball (MiLB) in conjunction with Feeding America, to raise funds for local food banks and to honor individuals risking their lives on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Legends fans are encouraged to visit MiLB.com/CommUNITYFirst through May 31 to donate. Once...

Legends, Hot Rods and Bats partner to sell limited edition T-shirts as part of Team Kentucky campaign

The Lexington Legends, in conjunction with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class A, Rays) and Louisville Bats (Class AAA, Reds) are partnering in the Team Kentucky campaign to benefit charities in each of the three cities. The three clubs have come together for the first time to create a T-shirt that showcases both the unity of the clubs and the Commonwealth. Shirts are available at lexington.milbstore.com...

Andrew Murphy named voice of Lexington Legends; St. Louis native to serve as media relations director

The Lexington Legends have announced Andrew Murphy will serve as their broadcaster and media relations director for the 2020 Season. Murphy, a native of St. Louis, is no stranger to the Bluegrass as he has spent the last four years studying business management and communication at the University of Kentucky. He first found a passion for calling games at the Legends’ own Whitaker Bank Ballpark, where...

Lexington Legends to rebrand as Kentucky Beer Cheese for three days during upcoming season

For three days this season, the Lexington Legends will rebrand themselves as the Kentucky Beer Cheese. The team’s name change will take place with specialty jerseys and hats Aug. 13 through Aug. 15. Beer cheese is a huge culinary staple in the Bluegrass state. “The Beer Cheese industry is massive and has always enjoyed having a home in Kentucky after it was birthed in Clark County,” said...

Transylvania, Lexington Legends make Whitaker Bank Ballpark home venue for 2020 Pioneer baseball

The Transylvania University athletic department and the Lexington Legends baseball team has announced an agreement to make Whitaker Bank Ballpark the new home venue of the Pioneers baseball team for the 2019-20 season. Located on North Broadway just one mile from the Transylvania campus in downtown Lexington, the 6,994-seat home of the Class-A Lexington Legends baseball team will serve as the official...

Legends to kick off Lexington’s Pride Week on June 23 as part of new Minor League Baseball initiative

The Lexington Legends, in partnership with Minor League Baseball’s new initiative MiLB Pride, have announced Pride Day will be held on June 23 to help kick off Pride Week in Lexington. MiLB Pride is the largest documented Pride celebration in professional sports. “We are excited to help kick off Pride Week in Lexington this year,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. “We want every fan that...

Lexington Legends 2018 promotional schedule includes discounts, free kids tickets and more

Lexington Legends fans can look forward once again to a summer of fun, stachetastic new promotions at Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the 2018 season. The 70-game home schedule begins Thursday, April 5. The Legends, Class A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, have planned a wide variety of promotions, theme nights and discounts throughout the season and much more for fans in Central Kentucky.  A full...

Lexington Legends named Minor League Baseball’s John Henry Moss Community Service Award winner

Minor League Baseball today named the Lexington Legends the recipient of the fifth annual John Henry Moss Community Service Award. The award was created in 2013 by Minor League Baseball in honor of the late John Henry Moss, who founded what would become the South Atlantic League in 1959 and headed the circuit until 2007. The Legends will receive their award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet...

Legends release 2018 schedule; team will welcome fan No. 6 million into Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Lexington Legends fans can mark their calendars for Thursday, April 5, 2018 when the Legends open their 18th season in Lexington, Kentucky at Whitaker Bank Ballpark and host their first home game of the 2018 season against the Charleston RiverDogs. The Legends, going into their sixth year as an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, will take on the RiverDogs, an affiliate of the New York Yankees, in...

South Atlantic League names Lexington Legends 2017 Community Service Organization of the Year

The Lexington Legends have been named the 2017 Community Service Organization of the Year by the South Atlantic League, which recognizes a club’s outstanding, on-going commitment to charitable service, philanthropy and leadership within their community. The award is one of the league’s Outstanding Achievement Awards, which are announced annually following the conclusion of the regular...

Legends partner with WKYT, American Red Cross to assist Texas victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Lexington Legends, WKYT and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Lexington Legends are giving back $1 for each ticket issued to Wednesday’s double header against the Augusta Greenjackets. Volunteers from the American Red Cross will also be at the game to collect money at the gates as fans enter Whitaker Bank Ballpark. In addition,...

Legends’ Peterson, Vines selected to play in South Atlantic League All-Star game on June 20

The Lexington Legends will have two representatives on the Southern Division roster for the South Atlantic League All-Star game, which will be played at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, South Carolina Tuesday, June 20. Outfielder Kort Peterson and pitcher Jace Vines were named to the team in an announcement today by SAL President Eric Krupa. Peterson, 23, a left-handed hitting outfielder from...

Due to popular demand, Legends restart Coach Cal Bobblehead Series ticket package

Due to popular demand, the Coach Cal Ticket Plan, originally released in March, is being re-released by the Lexington Legends for purchase with an added home game date of May 26, 2017, which is Kentucky Sports Radio Night and also be when the Legends play the Columbia Fireflies with Tim Tebow on the roster. The Legends are teaming up with University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari...

Artists from Cardinal Valley Elementary brighten electrical boxes outside of Legends’ stadium

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Despite blustery wind in their faces, students in the after-school art club from Cardinal Valley Elementary hit a home run outside Whitaker Bank Ballpark with their creativity and problem-solving. “We came up with the designs and how to mix the colors,” 11-year-old Daisy Macedonio explained as fellow students busily painted on three metal utility boxes in the...

Tickets for Legends’ Coach Cal bobblehead nights available at special fan event Saturday

The Lexington Legends are teaming up with University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and The Calipari Foundation for a series of special nights at Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the 2017 baseball season. “Coach Cal is not only a Hall of Fame basketball coach but an extremely generous and selfless philanthropist,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. “We are honored to partner...

Legends open preseason caravan tour Monday with stop in Lexington featuring Parrett

The Lexington Legends pre-season caravan will get underway with a stop in Lexington Monday, Jan. 30. Caravan stops are also scheduled for Cynthiana, Richmond, Mt. Sterling, Campbellsville, Columbia, Jackson, London and Maysville, with more to be added. The events not only generate anticipation for the 2017 season, but also allow the Legends to show appreciation to fans and media throughout the region....

Former Burlington manager Thorman named to lead Legends in 2017; Hubbard, Stetter return

Scott Thorman has been named manager of the Lexington Legends for 2017. He’ll be joined on the Legends staff by pitching coach Mitch Stetter, hitting coach Jesus Azuaje, bench coach Glenn Hubbard, athletic trainer Saburo Hagihara and strength and conditioning coach Jon Ervin. Thorman, Azuaje, Hagihara and Ervin are all new to the Legends. Stetter returns for his second season, and Hubbard will...

Area non-profits received over $1 million from Lexington Legends’ fundraisers, events in 2016

The Lexington Legends made donations totaling $1,000,763 in 2016 to a variety of non-profit organizations serving central Kentucky. In its 16-year history, the Legends organization has donated close to $15 million to the region. “The Legends are proud to be part of this community and region,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. “We will continue to provide support to these great organizations...