The Lexington Legends of the Atlantic League of Professional have signed seventeen-year Major League veteran Brandon Phillips.
In a historic move, Phillips will join Lexington as the first-ever Atlantic League player to be on the roster for a team that he co-owns.
“Having a future Hall of Famer on the Field, in the Clubhouse, and part of the ownership group is great for our entire community and the entire game of baseball,” Legends President and CEO, Andy Shea said in a press release. “Brandon’s talent level, passion for the game, and engagement with fans is second to none. This is a great day for baseball, to officially have him back on our field.”
Phillips is a 3-time MLB All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove winner, Silver Slugger Award winner, 30-30 Club Member, and a World Series Champion (Boston Red Sox 2018).
The Montreal Expos drafted Phillips in the 2nd round and began his career with the Cleveland Indians, where spent three years with the team. He proceeded to play 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, and a year apiece with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels, and Boston Red Sox.
The 39-year-old has a career .275 batting average, 2,029 hits, 211 home runs, 209 stolen bases, and 951 RBI.
Phillips has an interesting athletic family. His brother is current Legends manager and former pro baseball player P.J. Phillips, and sister is Porsha Phillips of the WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars. Plus, he has a daughter, Bailey, with partner Jade Cargill, an up-and-coming pro wrestler with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and poplar fitness model. She also played hoops at Jacksonville University.
— Jerry Del Priore