The Lexington Legends announced yesterday that the team has hired former seven-year major leaguer Barry Lyons, who played with the New York Mets for four years, including on their 1986 World Series championship squad.
Lyons, 62, said he is chomping at the bit to return to the dugout to help lead the Legends in the 2023 campaign.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been involved in many different areas of the baseball industry, and I’m thrilled to be returning to the dugout once again as Lexington’s Manager,” Lyons said on AtlanticLeague.com. “Lexington has a rich history as a sports town, and I look forward to expanding baseball’s role in the region’s overall sports story.”
Lyons, who is the uncle of Lexington Legends owner Nathan Lyons, played for the Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, and Chicago White Sox during his MLB career. After retiring from professional baseball in 1996, he spent three years as a manager in Minor League Baseball before shifting his focus to broadcast, serving as a television and radio analyst for the Nashville Sounds.
“When searching for a new Manager, we wanted to find someone with a depth of experience that could be used to really enhance our organization,” said Legends owner Nathan Lyons. “Barry’s experiences in baseball have equipped him with a unique understanding of all aspects of the game, and we can’t wait to see what he does with the team on the field.”
— Jerry Del Priore