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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...

Lexington Legends to host 90s Kickback Concert at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Sept. 20

The Lexington Legends have announced they will host the 90s Kickback Concert at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Sept. 20. Performances will include groups such as Next, Doug E. Fresh, Al B. Sure!, Shai, the Ying Yang Twins, The Luniz and Da Brat. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 1 and start at $49. “After the success of both Nelly and Ludacris, we are thrilled to bring even more talented artists to Whitaker...

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 look to defend South Atlantic League championship; season starts Thursday

The Lexington Legends, in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals, are excited to announce their official roster for the upcoming season. Opening game for the Lexington Legends is tomorrow. This year’s roster will feature 14 Royals 2018 MLB Draft picks, including former Kentucky Wildcat Zach Haake. Along with five returning players from the 2018 South Atlantic League championship team, the 2019 season...

Lexington Legends to become ‘Las Leyendas’ as part of Copa de la Diversion every Friday this season

The Lexington Legends have announced they are one of 72 Minor League Baseball teams this season to participate in their second year of Copa de la Diversion (“Copa”). Every Friday night, the Legends will change their identity to ‘Las Leyendas.’ The ‘Las Leyendas’ moniker is the direct translation of ‘Legends’ to Spanish. The sugar skull logo pays tribute to Dia de las...

Legends release 2019 promotional schedule complete with new additions as well as classic staples

Lexington Legends fans can gear up for a summer of fun, new promotions, as well as classic promotional staples at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. New for the 2019 season, the Legends welcome PJ Masks characters Catboy, Owlette and Gekko on Friday, July 12th. VIP packages will be available. To celebrate his 20th anniversary, SpongeBob Squarepants will make an appearance on Friday, August 9th. Legends players...

Lexington Legends to hold auditions for national anthem, ‘God Bless America’ performers

The Lexington Legends are looking for singers, soloists or groups who will perform either the national anthem or God Bless America at Legends’ home games in 2019. The Legends will hold this year’s tryouts at Fayette Mall near Dillard’s Feb. 16-17. The sessions will run from noon to 2 p.m. on Feb. 16, and from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 17. “With Opening Day in 63 days, we are looking...

Former Major League Baseball player Brooks Conrad named manager of Lexington Legends for 2019

Former Major League Baseball player Brooks Conrad has been named manager of the Lexington Legends, as the Kansas City Royals have announced their 2019 minor league staff assignments. The 2019 campaign will be Conrad’s second season managing in the Kansas City Royals organization, having spent 2018 as manager for the Rookie-level Burlington Royals. The Lexington Legends won the 2018 South Atlantic...

Kentucky students honored for posters, essays that show how foods get ‘From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate’

Kentucky students were honored for posters and essays that show how foods get “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” during the annual Poster and Essay Contest awards ceremony last week at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Each winner received a $100 check from Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, a meal featuring foods from Kentucky Proud producers, and tickets to the Lexington Legends baseball...

Lexington Legends 2018 opening day roster includes four of top five Kansas City Royals prospects

The Lexington Legends announce today the 2018 Opening Day roster. The roster includes 13 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and four outfielders. Four of the top five prospects in the Kansas City Royals organization will begin their 2018 campaign in Lexington. “The Legends are thrilled to have some of the top prospects in the Royals organization this season. We expect to have a competitive...

Lexington Legends, LexArts seeking regional artist for Lou Johnson tribute at Whitaker Bank Ballpark

In partnership with LexArts Inc. and the Lexington Legends, Legends President/CEO Andy Shea announced to the Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington Chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research that the Legends are currently searching for an artist from the region (Kentucky and contiguous states) to create a piece to honor Lexington native, and World Series hero, ‘Sweet’ Lou Johnson. Lou Johnson Sweet...

Lexington Legends announce new food options, expanded menus for upcoming season

Fans will have many new delectable food options at Whitaker Bank Ballpark this season with new partners coming on board, and existing partners expanding their menus. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: New to Whitaker Bank Ballpark, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will be the Official Barbecue of the Legends. Fans can enjoy a variety of items including Dickey’s signature pulled pork sandwiches and brisket. They will...

Legends name Emma Tiedemann play-by-play announcer; only second female announcer in MiLB

The Lexington Legends will have a new voice on the air this season. Emma Tiedemann will serve as the primary play-by-play broadcaster and media contact for the 2018 season. Tiedemann, who was the Broadcast and Media Relations Assistant for the St. Paul Saints last season, will be replacing Keith Elkins who retired at the end of the 2017 season. Emma Tiedemann (Photo from Lexington Legends) “I am...

Maxwell Elementary student wins Legends ‘Hit the Books’ Reading Program bookmark design contest

Legends announce 10-year-old LeQuon Greer, a 5th grader at Maxwell Elementary in Lexington, as the overall winner of the bookmark design contest that is part of the Lexington Legends Hit the Books reading incentive program sponsored by Waffle House. Greerreceived a Legends prize pack that included Legends merchandise, a framed Hit the Books poster featuring his artwork, and membership in the 2018...

Legends to offer fan scavenger hunt to celebrate opening of 2018 individual ticket sales March 1

The Lexington Legends play their eighteenth season at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in 2018 as an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals starting April 5. Guarantee yourself a seat at your favorite game(s) this season when individual game tickets go on sale Thursday, March 1 at 9:00 a.m. Fans may purchase individual game tickets for the 2018 season in person at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark Box Office, over the...

Lexington Legends announce National Anthem, Take Me Out to the Ballgame tryouts to be held Feb. 17-18

It’s time for talented singers and musicians to step to the plate and earn a spot in the Lexington Legends’ lineup — the lineup of performers who will sing or play the National Anthem before Legends’ home games in 2018. The Legends will hold this year’s tryouts at Fayette Mall near Dillard’s on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18. The sessions will run from 11:00am to 2:00pm...

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...

Legends, Wicked World Scaregrounds team for ‘Fear the Legend’ haunted house at Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Whitaker Bank Ballpark has been transformed into a haunted house for fans to experience throughout the Halloween season starting Friday. The Legends and Wicked World Scaregrounds teamed up to bring Central Kentuckians “Fear the Legend,” the official haunt name for the haunted house at Whitaker Bank Ballpark with its theme being inspired by the idea of a crazed Legends fan (known as The Legend)...