|League||Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (South Division)|
|Ballpark||Lexington Legends Ballpark (2001–present)|
|Nickname(s)||Lexington Legends (2001–present)|
|Former league(s)||South Atlantic League (2001–2020)|
|Colors||Blue, green, cream, white|
|Ownership||Susan Martinelli Shea, Andy Shea, Stands LLC|
|Manager||P. J. Phillips|
The Lexington Legends are an American professional baseball team based in Lexington, Kentucky. They are a member of the South Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a "partner league" of Major League Baseball. The Legends have played their home games at Lexington Legends Ballpark, on the northeast side of the city just inside New Circle Road, since 2001.
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 co-champions after having gone up 2-0 before game three was canceled.
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." 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.
The Lexington Legends were one of the minor league teams that lost MLB affiliation under a new plan by the MLB. On February 18, 2021, the team announced that it would be joining the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent MLB Partner league, for the 2021 season.
The Legends' mascot is Big L, a mustachioed baseball player caricature. His best friend is Pee Wee, another team mascot.
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.
|Season||Manager||Record[a]||Win %||League[b]||Division[c]||GB[d]||Post-season record[e]||Post-season win %||Result||MLB affiliate|
|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]
|Russ Nixon||75–63||.543||7th||2nd||25||0–2||.000||Lost division series vs Lake County Captains, 0–2||Houston|
|Jack Lind||75–63||.543||5th||3rd||8½||0–2||.000||Lost division series vs Lakewood BlueClaws, 0–2||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||13th||7th||Kansas City|
|2017||Scott Thorman||62-75-1||.453||12th||6th||16||Kansas City|
|Scott Thorman||76-60||.559||2nd||1st||-||5-1||.833||Won division series vs Rome Braves 2-0
Won League Championship Series vs Lakewood BlueClaws 3-1
|Brooks Conrad||68-70||.493||7th||3rd||9||5-1||.833||Won division series vs Augusta Greenjackets 2-0
Won League Championship Series vs Hickory Crawdads 3-1
|Active (25-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
The Legends have honored ten past members of the organization by inducting them in the Legends Hall of Fame. These individuals are: