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Battle of the Bourbon Trail Brings Pro Baseball to Kentucky

Y’ALLS ANNOUNCE BATTLE OF THE BOURBON TRAIL WITH LEXINGTON LEGENDS

FLORENCE, KY – The Florence Y’alls and Lexington Legends are proud to announce The Battle of the Bourbon Trail, a newly formed venture to take the field this summer. Both cities will form two teams that will play in front of fans every Wednesday through Sunday starting in Florence on July 31st.

The Battle of the Bourbon Trail came about from both the Frontier League and Minor League Baseball cancelling their 2020 seasons. This venture will begin on July 31st and run for 7 weeks.

“We are thrilled for this new partnership and venture.” said Legends President and CEO Andy Shea, “We know that baseball at Whitaker Bank Ballpark has been greatly missed and partnering with David DelBello and the Florence Y’alls will bring that energy back to the ballpark.”

Each organization will field two high caliber teams. Florence will host the Y’alls and the return of the Freedom. Lexington will host the Legends and their second identity, Las Leyendas.

“This is our chance to bring baseball back to the Tri-State.” said Y’alls President and CEO, David DelBello, “We have been waiting for this chance and can’t wait to welcome fans into our stadium at the end of July.”

These teams are serving as a platform for players looking to start or continue their baseball careers with no other outlets. The four teams will consist primarily of former Major League players, former and current Minor League players and Independent League players.

Tryouts for The Battle of the Bourbon Trail are open to all. They will take place at UC Health Stadium on July 20th and at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on July 22nd. Details regarding tryouts will be available on Florence Y’alls website, florenceyalls.com.

Season tickets for the Florence Y’alls are on sale now. The Y’alls want to give our community an outlet to enjoy baseball. The Y’alls are significantly lowering ticket prices for this season. All Season tickets are only $250, which are the lowest they have ever been. Visit florenceyalls.com or call the 811 Box office at 859-594-4487.

Information regarding individual tickets will be released next week.

More information on tickets for the Lexington Legends will be coming soon.

MiLB Cancels Season, Players Able To Play Indy Ball

Minor League Baseball has officially canceled the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we’ve had a summer without minor-league baseball played,” MiLB president Pat O’Conner said in a statement. “While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment.”

Major League Baseball IS having a 60 game regular season, and each team is allowed to have player pools of 60 players. This allows some top prospects within organizations to continue training and playing, but it leaves many other players without a structured baseball season this year.

According to JJ Cooper with Baseball America, some MiLB players will be allowed to play in indy ball:

“Affiliated minor league players’ contracts are currently suspended because of the national emergency created by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball has informed its teams that they can allow minor leaguers to play in independent leagues until those contracts are reinstated, multiple MLB and independent league officials who had been apprised of MLB’s decision told Baseball America. An MLB front office official said that MLB teams must give their consent to allow the players to play independent ball. Finding a place to play may be somewhat difficult because the cororavirus pandemic has also forced a number of independent leagues to suspend their seasons.”