Legends to do their part for Haiti relief


One thing we can all be proud of as Kentucky sports fans is the state’s involvement in the relief efforts after the devastating earthquake in Haiti a few weeks ago. This morning we linked a report about the University of Louisville baseball team’s help and the University of Kentucky “Hoops for Haiti” telethon has received lots of national attention. Now the Lexington Legends are adding to the Bluegrass swell of support by donating funds from single-game, group and walk-up ticket sales for their April 18 game.

All funds will be donated to the UNICEF relief fund, and the team will also collect material goods at the gates on the day of the game. Central Kentucky baseball fans can send a message by selling out the game. “We’re always working very hard on supporting our local community, but we’re also very proud and happy when we can support communities outside Central Kentucky,” Legends General Manager Andy Shea said in a news release. “This is one of many ticket promotions and opportunities we will be doing to support the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.”

Saturday Links: Webb inducted into UK Hall of Fame

College Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball
Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr

Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr

Brandon Webb and the rest of the 2009 UK Hall of Fame class were inducted last night, and will be recognized at halftime of the UK/ULM football game today. Here’s that story and more for a Saturday morning:

  • Kyle Graham of the Kentucky Kernel reports on the 2009 UK Hall of Fame class.
  • Chris Bahr of SportingNews.com asks six questions about the Phillies, and doesn’t like the look of their rotation with Joe Blanton.
  • WBKO in Bowling Green reports on local fans watching Blanton, a Franklin native make it back to the World Series.
  • Pikeville-native Mark Reynolds was named a postseason Sporting News National League All-Star.
  • MLB.com reports on Reynolds’ honor.
  • 2009 Legend Daniel Meszaros pitched a scoreless inning and 2009 Bat Sean Watson allowed three runs without recording an out in the AFL Friday.

Thursday Links: Phillies Win, 5 keys for UK

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Photo: UK Athletics

Photo: UK Athletics

The Phillies are National League champions for the second consecutive year after a 10-4 victory over Los Angeles in game five of the NLCS. That means Franklin Simpson and UK alum Joe Blanton has a chance to pick up another World Series victory.
  • Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com breaks down five keys for UK baseball for 2010.
  • Eric Lindsey, my former colleague at the Kentucky Kernel, evaluates Rogers’ list and adds his own analysis for UK Althletics’ blog Cat Scratches.
  • Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic lists picking up Ashland-native Brandon Webb’s option as the number one item on the D’backs to-do list.
  • Danny Wilde of MLB.com profiles 2009 Bat Chris Heisey’s AFL performance.
  • Heisey was 4-5 with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League Wednesday. Yonder Alonso was 1-4 with a home run and three RBI.

Thursday Links: Cotuit Kettleers Eliminated

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Chris Bisson; Photo: UK Athletics

Chris Bisson; Photo: UK Athletics

Wednesday was a losing night for Bluegrass Baseball teams, and Kentucky connections.  Check out the Cape Cod League finals and other storylines in Thursday morning’s hot links.

  • UK infielder Chris Bisson and the Cotuit Kettleers lost in game two of the Cape Cod League finals, giving the title to the Bourne Braves.  Bisson was 0-3 with a walk in the 5-1 loss.
  • Phillies top prospect Michael Taylor hit for the cycle to lead the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to their first win in seven games against Louisville this season with a 10-9 victory Wednesday.
  • Pirates first round pick Tony Sanchez and the West Virginia Power defeated Lexington 9-2 in the series opener.
  • “Cat Scratches” reports on Braden Kapteyn’s NYCBL MVP, which was first reported here and on the BluGrass Baseball twitter.
  • Baseball America named Louisville outfielder Drew Stubbs best baserunner, best defensive outfielder and best outfield arm in the International League in a survey of IL managers.  (Subscriber only)
  • EKU Alum Christian Friedrich and Lexington Legend Jordan Lyles both received votes in the South Atlantic League best pitcher poll conducted by Baseball America to SAL managers.
  • Will Graves (Former Kernelite) at the Associated Press reports on UK Athletics 15x15x15 plan.
  • Jason Stella profiles Louisville Bat Kevin Barker at Examiner.com.