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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 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 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...

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...

Former Heisman Trophy signal caller Tim Tebow embracing the grind of playing in the Minor Leagues

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Tim Tebow hasn’t lost his zeal to compete and is having fun playing a sport that never made him famous celebrity in the sports world. The former University of Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner is in his first season in the New York Mets organization and plays for the Columbia Fireflies, a Class A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Mets....

Lexington Legends to offer a mix of new and traditional promotions next season

The Lexington Legends will offer their fans a combination of brand-new promotions along with traditional favorites next season. The Legends announced promotions and start times for the 2017 schedule Monday.   Tickets for individual home games will be available for purchase Dec. 8, much earlier than ever before. Group outings and a variety of season ticket plans are already on sale.  Fans can again...

Legends release 2017 schedule, open first homestand with seven games

Lexington Legends fans can mark their calendars for Thursday, April 13, 2017.  That’s when the Legends will play their first home game of the season at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the West Virginia Power. The first homestand will include seven games. The Legends, going into their fifth year as an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, will take on the Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates,...

Legends’ execs Durbin, Mapson recognized with pair of awards from South Atlantic League

The Lexington Legends and two of their executives have been recognized with awards from the South Atlantic League. The Legends as an organization received the Club Merit Award, which is given, according to league criteria, “to recognize the complete baseball franchise that has demonstrated franchise stability and success, as well as significant contributions to its community and to the South Atlantic...

Legends fall behind early and manage just three hits in 6-1 setback to Asheville

Asheville starter Drasen Johnson and three relievers limited Lexington to three hits as the Tourists beat the Legends 6-1 Tuesday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Tourists scored two runs in the second inning. With one out, Sam Hilliard walked and Hamlet Marte singled. Hilliard came home on a double by Scott Burcham. After Max George walked to load the bases, Carlos Herrera grounded into a force...

Dulin’s solo homer breaks tie, sends Legends past Rome to open homestand

A home run by Brandon Dulin in the seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie, and the Lexington Legends went on to a 5-4 win over the Rome Braves in front of 6,191 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Thursday night. The Legends jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. With one out, D.J. Burt walked and stole second base. After Anderson Miller walked, Dulin singled, scoring Burt. Amalani Fukofuka struck out, but...

West Virginia scores two runs in first inning, holds on for 3-2 win over Legends

Logan Ratledge had four hits, including a home run, to lead the West Virginia Power to a 3-2 win over the Lexington Legends Tuesday night in Charleston. West Virginia took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Casey Hughston and Rutledge hit back-to-back homers. The Legends scored in the top of the second on a walk to Amalani Fukofuka and a double by Xavier Fernandez, but the Power answered in the bottom...

Legends set season high in runs and hits in 13-6 victory over West Virginia

The Lexington Legends set new season highs in runs and hits in a 13-6 victory over the West Virginia Power Monday night in Charleston to end a four-game losing streak to open the second half of the season. Every Legends batter had at least one hit and eight hitters had at least two hits, as the Legends collected 14 hits in the first five innings and 18 for the game. The Legends took command of the...

Nationals’ prospect Schrock drives in pair of runs, lifts North over South in SAL All-Star Game

Second baseman Max Schrock had never played a game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark until Tuesday night’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Now he can’t wait to play here again after delivering two RBI hits to lead the North Division to a 2-1 victory over the South in a game that was dominated by pitching — the two teams had a combined 22 strikeouts. Both teams used 11 pitchers. The 13th-round...

Ogando, Vallot will represent Legends on South Atlantic League All-Stars; Ramirez on coaching staff

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 Whitaker Bank Ballpark Tuesday, June 21. Pitcher Emilio Ogando and catcher Chase Vallot were named to the team Tuesday in an announcement by SAL President Eric Krupa. Legends manager Omar Ramirez will serve as a coach for the Southern Division team,...

Legends’ Duenez ties for South Atlantic League RBI lead, but Legends fall to BlueClaws

Jose Pujols had a home run, a triple and two runs batted in as the Lakewood BlueClaws won the opener of a three-game series 9-5 over the Lexington Legends Monday night in Lakewood. Samir Duenez had three runs batted in for Lexington, bringing his total for the year to 42 and moving him into a tie with David Thompson of Columbia for the South Atlantic League lead. The Legends scored a run in the top...

Big day at the plate from Burt keys Legends to second straight win over Tourists

D.J. Burt had four hits and five runs batted in, and the Lexington Legends used two five-run outbursts to take an 11-9 win over the Asheville Tourists Tuesday night. The Tourists took the early lead on a two-run homer by Brandon Rodgers in the bottom of the first inning, but the Legends moved in front with a five-run fifth. Josh Banuelos and Cody Jones started the top of the fifth with singles. Jeckson...

Local Legends: Lexington’s Miller, Boyle County product Bodner will open season with Legends

The Lexington Legends’ opening day roster will include two players with strong local ties, two top returnees from last year’s pitching staff as well as some prospects in the Kansas City Royals’ system who are moving up from the rookie leagues. The Legends open the season Thursday, April 7 at 7:05 p.m. at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the Lakewood BlueClaws, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Outfielder...

Legends, Whitaker Bank Ballpark will host South Atlantic League All-Star contest in 2016

(Lexington Legends Graphic)   Baseball’s stars of the future will come to Lexington next year when the Lexington Legends host the South Atlantic League All-Star game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Tuesday, June 21, 2016.   The All-Star game matches the Northern Division against the Southern Division, and players are chosen from the seven teams in each division through voting by managers, coaches,...

O'Hearn, Legends have rough go in South Atlantic League All-Star game as South falls

The South Atlantic North All-Stars are 7-1-2 in the last circuit’s last 10 All-Star Games after winning 7-5 Tuesday (Photo by Tracy Proffitt / Hickory Crawdads)   K.J. Woods of the Greensboro Grasshoppers likes the big stages.   Woods belted a two-run homer in Tuesday night’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, lifting the North Division to a 7-5 win over the South, a team that...

Legends announce 2015 schedule, features return of Kannapolis, Hickory to home slate

The Lexington Legends will begin their 15th season next year when they play the first of 70 home games on Thursday, April 16, when the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals take on the West Virginia Power at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.   The home opener will be the first game of a seven-game homestand that runs from April 16-22.   The 2015 schedule (click here) features 10 home games in...