After a highly anticipated wait for the nickname of the other Atlantic League Kentucky-based baseball franchise, today the Lexington Legends, in conjunction with Wild Health, Inc., announced that the Kentucky Wild Health Genomes will be the team’s name.
The Genomes will be the 10th club in the Atlantic League for the 2022 season and managed by Mark Minicozzi.
“Wild Health will allow us to give back to the community and to our players in so many amazing ways,” Legends CEO Andy Shea said in a press release. “There are tons of exciting things happen right now at the ballpark. New team, artificial turf field, new video board, and our new partner makes for the perfect organization to spearhead it all alongside us.”
The “Wild Health” part of the team’s new name comes from a Lexington-based medical clinic that has acquired the naming rights of the club’s home field. Wild Health Field will host both Legends and Genomes games beginning this spring.
The other part means the complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism.
The Genomes name fits in line with minor league baseball’s wackiness.
Additionally, the Genomes have signed Luke Becker, Jimmy Peredes, Chase Vallot, and Samir Dueñez.
— Jerry Del Priore