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Mayor goes to bat for Legends amid minor league turmoil

Posted at 7:44 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 07:44:32-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Major League Baseball announced it is considering reorganizing its player development system which could cut dozens of Minor League Baseball teams, including the Lexington Legends.

The Lexington Legends are the reigning back-to-back South Atlantic League Champions and said they have hosted about 6.5 million fans in their 19 years.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton joined a task force dedicated to ensuring MiLB teams stay in their cities.

She joined leaders in Columbia, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Dayton Ohio, in signing the "Mayors' Task Force to Save Minor League Baseball."

Gorton said the Legend's commitment to excellence goes beyond the field.

“Time and time again, our Lexington Legends have showcased their championship quality, both on the field and in the community. The Legends have strong family ownership and management, and are a great example of private sector leadership and investment,” said Gorton.

Andy Shea, President and CEO of the Legends, said he is grateful for the mayor's efforts.

“Mayor Gorton’s support is critical to the Legends and Minor League Baseball’s success with MLB negotiations, and the long-term health of Minor League Baseball in our community," said Shea.
The Legends Opening Day is scheduled for the second week of April.