Legends announce resolution with Kentucky State Senate Regarding MiLB Team Elimination Plan

The Legends are one of forty-two teams on a list put forth by Major League Baseball stating their intention to eliminate these teams.

Photo courtesy: Gary Durbin


April 1, 2020 the Kentucky State Senate unanimously passed a resolution urging Major League Baseball to rescind their proposal of eliminating the Lexington Legends from Minor League Baseball. The Legends are one of forty-two teams on a list put forth by Major League Baseball stating their intention to eliminate these teams. This resolution could potentially change their course of action.

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The resolution highlights the impact the Legends have on the Lexington community, as well as the entire state of Kentucky. It specifically touches on tourism and economic impact, as it pertains to both fans and job creation. It also pays homage to the history of baseball in Kentucky.

“The Legends are very appreciative of this resolution and the attention to this matter” says Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. “We are grateful for the entire State Senate and want to extend a special thank you to Senator Reggie Thomas, Senate President Robert Stivers, and Majority Leader Damon Thayer. Their diligence, support, and hard work has been tremendous.”

The resolution will be submitted to Major League Baseball with the hope that they will reconsider the Lexington Legends being on their contraction list. If the resolution positively influences Major League Baseball’s decision, the Legends would remain in Minor League Baseball and a part of the Kentucky community.

The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and member of the South Atlantic League, play all home games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com