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Legends, Royals announce new affiliation

Lexington LegendsThe Lexington Legends (Low Class A; Sally League) have a new parent in the Kansas City Royals, as the pair announced a new four-year player-development contract (PDC).

Legends Chairman Bill Shea and President/COO Andy Shea were connected to the Royals’ organization through their five-year ownership of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). The Sheas sold their interest in the Omaha team earlier this year.

“I have had the fortunate experience of getting to work with the Kansas City Royals the past five seasons through our ownership stake in the Omaha club,” said Andy Shea. “Every single occasion has been the ultimate professional encounter. This is a fantastic fit for Lexington, Whitaker Bank Ballpark, and the Lexington Legends. We look forward to being a part of the Royals continued dedication to the minor league system and the growth of both clubs.”

“The Kansas City Royals are extremely pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Lexington Legends on a player development contract,” said Royals Director of Minor League Operations Scott Sharp, who was in Lexington for the announcement.  “We have long coveted the South Atlantic League as one of the best leagues in baseball for developing young players. The fact that we get the chance to join the league in one of the finest facilities with a strong ownership group and front office staff is a tremendous bonus. We look forward to the new relationship and making new Royals fans in the great state of Kentucky.”

The Royals were formerly affiliated with the Kane County Cougars (Low Class A; Midwest League); the Legends’ former parent was the Houston Astros.

Here’s a look at the current affiliate status.


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