By Keith Elkins


              The Lexington Legends will have a major announcement Tuesday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the Kentucky Ale Taproom at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
               The announcement will cover activities, partnerships and special events -- including a concert -- that will be connected to the South Atlantic League All-Star game, which will be played Tuesday, June 21 at 7:05 p.m. at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
                The All-Star game matches the top players from the Northern and Southern Divisions of the South Atlantic League, and is also known for special events and entertainment that showcase the host city.  This is the first time since 2003 that Lexington has served as host.
               A Home Run Derby competition has become a highlight of All-Star game activities at both the major and minor league levels, but as might be expected in Kentucky, a Home Run “Derby” will have a different twist, and the Legends will announce those plans Tuesday as well.
                Legends President/CEO Andy Shea and other business and community leaders will speak and be available for interviews.
                 South Atlantic League All-Star game participants have included Baseball Hall of Fame members Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton, Tom Glavine, Ryne Sandberg and Willie Stargell along with many more of baseball's brightest stars.  Derek Jeter is a SAL All-Star alumnus, as are 2015 major league All-Stars Bryce Harper, Jose Altuve and J.D. Martinez, among others. Altuve and Martinez both played for the Legends in 2010.  Lexington native Robbie Ross of the Boston Red Sox was a SAL All-Star with Hickory in 2010.
                 Rosters for the teams will be announced in early June.