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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...

Winners of ‘Kentucky Farmers: Ready, Set, Grow’ KDA Poster and Essay Contest announced

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the winners of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest. The theme of the 2020 contest was “Kentucky Farmers: Ready, Set, Grow.” “Congratulations to each of these winners, who so vividly depicted in art and writing how our farmers all across the state are helping to grow the safest, most abundant food...

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...

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton joins Mayors’ Task Force to Save Minor League Baseball

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has pledged her support for the Lexington Legends and Minor League Baseball by joining a task force dedicated to ensuring that cities throughout the nation keep their minor league teams. Major League Baseball is considering a re-organization of its player development system, and that means Major League teams could eliminate minor league franchises this year. Linda Gorton “I...

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...