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The Lexington Legends are a Minor League Baseball team in the South Atlantic League (SAL), and the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The team is located in Lexington, Kentucky, and plays their home games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, located in a commercial area on the northeast side of the city just inside New Circle Road. The team's mascot is "Big L", a mustachioed baseball player and his best friend is Pee Wee.

Lexington Legends
Founded in 2001
Lexington, Kentucky
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentSingle A (2001–present)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueSouth Atlantic League (2001–present)
DivisionSouthern Division (2009–present)
Major league affiliations
CurrentKansas City Royals (2013–present)
PreviousHouston Astros (2001–2012)
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 2001
  • 2018
Division titles (2)
  • 2001
  • 2018
Team data
NicknameLexington Legends (2001–present)
BallparkWhitaker Bank Ballpark (2001–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Susan Martinelli Shea / STANDS LLC
ManagerBrooks Conrad
General ManagerGary Durbin
PresidentAndy Shea

Contents

HistoryEdit

The Class-A Kissimmee Cobras moved from the Florida State League to Lexington following the 2000 season. The 2001 season began under manager J. J. Cannon. The team finished their first regular season with record of 92 wins and 48 losses and in first place of the sixteen-team South Atlantic League. In the postseason, the Legends defeated the Hagerstown Suns in the first round and advanced to play the Asheville Tourists in the League Championship Series. However, the series was cancelled after the Legends won the first two games of the series due to the September 11 attacks and the Legends were declared champions after having gone up 2-0 before game three was canceled[citation needed].

Cannon returned to manage in 2002 and led the team to another winning record, but the Legends failed to qualify for the playoffs. Lexington made a return trip to the playoffs in 2003, but were defeated by the Lake County Captains in the first round. In 2004, the Legends finished with a record of 68-72, their first losing record in team history. The following season, the Legends posted an 81-58 regular season record and finished in first-place under manager Tim Bogar.

On May 31, 2006, Roger Clemens announced that he would come out of retirement to pitch for the Houston Astros for the remainder of the 2006 season. Planning to keep himself to a strict 60-pitch limit, Clemens returned to baseball with the Legends, where his oldest son Koby played. Father and son denied reports that Koby would catch his dad for the return. "He doesn't listen to me", Roger Clemens said. "We'd be shaking each other off and arguing too much."[1] In his first game, Clemens threw 62 pitches, allowed no walks, and only 1 run while striking out 6 batters in three innings of work with the Legends, who won the game 5–1.

The team received national attention again in 2006 following a controversial game against the Asheville Tourists on June 25. In the fifth inning of the game, Tourists manager Joe Mikulik went on an extended tirade after being ejected from the game following an argument with an umpire. The event received coverage on various television programs, including NBC's The Tonight Show, ESPN's Pardon the Interruption and SportsCenter, and MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Roger Clemens' appearance as a Legend as well as Joe Mikulik's meltdown are chronicled in the 2011 documentary film Legendary: When Baseball Came to the Bluegrass[citation needed].

On September 19, 2012, WLEX-TV in Lexington reported that the Legends would change their affiliation from Major League Baseball's Houston Astros to the Kansas City Royals.[2]

Season by season resultsEdit

Since their inception, the Lexington Legends franchise has played 13 seasons - all in the South Atlantic League. As of the completion of the 2016 season, the club has played in 2,225 regular season games and compiled a record of 1,079–1,146, or a .485 winning percentage. The team has a postseason record of 9-5.

League Champions
Post-season Berth
Season Manager Record[a] Win % League[b] Division[c] GB[d] Post-season record[e] Post-season win % Result MLB affiliate
2001
Joe Cannon 92–48 .657 1st 1st 4–0 1.000 Won division series vs Hagerstown Suns, 2–0
Led Asheville Tourists 2–0 in League Championship Series
Declared Co-League Champions[f]
Houston
2002 Joe Cannon 81–59 .579 2nd 2nd Houston
2003
Russ Nixon 75–63 .543 7th 2nd 25 0–2 .000 Lost division series vs Lake County Captains, 0–2 Houston
2004 Iván DeJesús 68–72 .486 10th 7th 17 Houston
2005 Tim Bogar 81–58 .583 1st 1st Houston
2006
Jack Lind 75–63 .543 5th 3rd 0–2 .000 Lost division series vs Lakewood BlueClaws, 0–2 Houston
2007 Gregg Langbehn 59–81 .421 13th 7th 25 Houston
2008 Gregg Langbehn 45–93 .326 16th 8th 34 Houston
2009 Tom Lawless 68–72 .486 9th 5th Houston
2010 Rodney Linares 71–68 .511 6th 4th Houston
2011 Rodney Linares 59–79 .428 12th 6th 19½ Houston
2012 Iván DeJesús 69–69 .500 7th 4th 18 Houston
2013 Brian Buchanan 68–70 .493 8th 6th/4th 9.5/10 Kansas City
2014 Brian Buchanan 57-83 .407 11th 6th/6th 17/20.5 Kansas City
2015 Omar Ramirez 58-80 .420 12th 6th 26.5 Kansas City
2016 Omar Ramirez 52-87 .374 13 7 Kansas City
2017 Scott Thorman 62-75-1 .453 12 6 16 Kansas City
2018
Scott Thorman 76-60 .559 2 1 - 5-1 .833 Won division series vs Rome Braves 2-0
Won League Championship Series vs Lakewood BlueClaws 3-1
League Champions
Kansas City

NotesEdit

  • a This column indicates overall wins and losses during the regular season and excludes any postseason play.
  • b This column indicates overall position in the league standings.
  • c This column indicates overall position in the divisional standings[split seasons for 2013 and 2014].
  • d Determined by finding the difference in wins plus the difference in losses divided by two, this column indicates "games behind" the team that finished in overall first place in the division [split seasons for 2013 and 2014].
  • e This column indicates wins and losses during the postseason.
  • f Due to the September 11 attacks, the 2001 best-of-five League Championship Series against Asheville was cancelled. Asheville and Lexington were declared SAL Co-Champions.

Current rosterEdit

Lexington Legends roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 11 Andrew Beckwith
  • 22 Sal Biasi
  • 26 Holden Capps
  • 33 Zach Haake
  • 16 Jacob Condra-Bogan
  •  8 Yefri Del Rosario
  • 27 Carlos Hernandez
  • 12 Danny Hrbek
  • 13 Janser Lara
  • 31 Charlie Neuweiler
  • 34 Tad Ratliff
  • -- Ashe Russell
  • 40 Collin Snider
  • 14 Andres Sotillet
  • 18 Garrett Suchey

Catchers

Infielders

  •  2 Ricky Aracena
  • 21 Dennicher Carrasco
  •  6 Matt Morales
  •  1 Manny Olloque
  • 15 Cristian Perez
  • 30 Nick Pratto

Outfielders

  • 24 Marten Gasparini
  • -- Michael Gigliotti
  • 28 Brewer Hicklen
  •  9 Cal Jones
  • 25 Seuly Matias


Manager

Coaches


  7-day injured list
* On Kansas City Royals 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated January 17, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • South Atlantic League
Kansas City Royals minor league players

Legends Hall of FameEdit

The Legends have honored ten past members of the organization by inducting them in the Legends Hall of Fame.[3] These individuals are:

ReferencesEdit

General
Specific
  1. ^ Bailey, Rick "Pitch and catch at the park, Clemens style FATHER, SON 'GET AT IT' IN 90-MINUTE SESSION." Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved on June 2, 2006.
  2. ^ "Lexington Legends Switching Major League Affiliation" Archived September 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine WLEX-TV 18. Retrieved on September 19, 2012
  3. ^ "Lexington Legends Hall of Fame." Minor League Baseball. Retrieved on September 11, 2010.

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