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MONARCHS' REIGN TO BEGIN IN MAY

Kansas City Monarchs Baseball Team announces 2021 game schedule

LEGENDS FIELD (Kansas City, Kansas | February 12, 2021) – The Kansas City Monarchs are excited to announce their 2021 schedule – the inaugural year of the ballclub after a high-profile rebranding earlier this year. Kansas City will begin a 100-game American Association season with an Opening Day matchup at 3pm on Tuesday, May 18th against the Lincoln Saltdogs. The game also begins the first homestand of the season including six games with Lincoln and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

"Seeing the Monarchs finally take the field will be a dream come true," said Monarchs owner Mark Brandmeyer. "I'm excited to see our fans out at the ballpark, and we are committed to creating a world class experience on and off the field."

ScheduleAfter not competing in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Monarchs will see American Association Southern Division foes Cleburne, Houston, Lincoln, Sioux City, and Sioux Falls 38 times this season at Legends Field. Fans will be welcome at the stadium with a total attendance per game in accordance with state and local protocols and guidelines.

For 2021, 65% of all Monarchs home games fall on a weekend date (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) including action packed Holiday weekends when the team plays Memorial Day (May 31) versus Sioux Falls, Juneteenth (June 19) versus Winnipeg Goldeyes, Father's Day (June 20) also against Winnipeg and 4th of July weekend (July 2-4) versus rival Lincoln.

"Our entire organization, especially myself, our coaches and players are extremely excited to see baseball on the schedule for 2021 and Opening Day in sight," said Monarchs Manager Joe Calfapietra. "Our league is as strong as ever. Less than 100 days now until Opening Day 2021- see you at the ballpark!"

Kansas City will conclude the 2021 regular season with a four-game series at Cleburne from September 3 through Labor Day.

The entire schedule can be found at www.monarchsbaseball.com. Comprehensive game times, special events and promotions calendar will be released at a later date.

For up-to-date information on all the ticket specials, promotions and merchandise offerings throughout the season, fans can engage with the team via the new team website at www.monarchsbaseball.com and on Facebook (Kansas City Monarchs Baseball), Instagram (@kc_monarchs), LinkedIn (Kansas City Monarchs Baseball), Twitter (@kscitymonarchs) YouTube (Kansas City Monarchs Baseball) and can join in the conversation using the #ReignReborn and #SeeYouAtTheBallpark hashtags. View the team's announcement video here.

The Monarchs are a member of the American Association of Professional Baseball and play all home games at Legends Field, located at 1800 Village West Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas. For ticket information, call (913) 328.5618 or visit www.monarchsbaseball.com.


THE KANSAS CITY MONARCHS SIGN CHRISTIAN CÓLON

World Series Hero Will Now Wear A Monarchs Crown

LEGENDS FIELD (Kansas City, Kansas | February 11, 2021) – The Kansas City Monarchs announce the signing of former Kansas City Royals World Series hero, infielder Christian Colón, for the 2021 season – the inaugural year of the Monarchs.

Colon statsOriginally from Cayey, Puerto Rico Colón was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal State-Fullerton. He was ranked the Royals' No. 9 prospect heading into the 2012 season by MLB.com. Colón made his major league debut on July 1, 2014. Colón also played in the big leagues for the Miami Marlins. The 31-year-old infielder played with the Cincinnati Reds in the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season.

Kansas City baseball fans will recall that in the 2014 Wild Card game, Colón not only drove in the tying run with a one out single in the bottom of the 12th inning to prevent elimination, but also scored the winning run on Salvador Perez's two-out single. In 2015, Colon drove in the winning run in in the 12th inning of Game 5 that gave the Royals their second World Championship in franchise history.

Colon hits a go-ahead single in the 12th - Bing video

Monarchs Manager Joe Calfapietra describes Christian Colón as that teammate everyone on the team sees as a winner. His coaches and teammates have always had a tremendous amount of respect for him as a person and a player. He is very unselfish, cares about people, makes everyone around him better. "This guy's been a good player for a long time. He has been on championship teams, including the Royals" said Calfapietra.

"I look forward to this opportunity. Kansas City is so special to me and my family – I love the people and the winning culture we have" said Colón. "All of you guys know things are changing in baseball and I've always played for the love of the game not the money. I want an opportunity to prove once again that I have a lot of baseball left. I take pride in what I do, and I know there are a lot of unknowns, but I am going to give it all I have. I look forward to being a part of the community again. Interaction with the kids and the people from Kansas City is a blessing. To be able to share not only my baseball journey and stories but also my personal story. Thank you to Joe and the Kansas City Monarchs organization for this opportunity."

For up-to-date information on all the ticket specials, promotions and merchandise offerings throughout the season, fans can engage with the team via the new team website at www.monarchsbaseball.com and on Facebook (Kansas City Monarchs Baseball), Instagram (@kc_monarchs), LinkedIn (Kansas City Monarchs Baseball), Twitter (@kscitymonarchs) YouTube (Kansas City Monarchs Baseball) and can join in the conversation using the #ReignReborn and #SeeYouAtTheBallpark hashtags. View the team's announcement video here.

The Monarchs are a member of the American Association of Professional Baseball and play all home games at Legends Field, located at 1800 Village West Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas. For ticket information, call (913) 328.5618 or visit www.monarchsbaseball.com.


NEGRO LEAGUES' MONARCHS TO TAKE THE FIELD ONCE AGAIN

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Kansas City T-Bones Partner To Revive Historic Baseball Franchise

Kansas City, MO (January 21, 2021) – Negro Leagues Museum (NLBM) President, Bob Kendrick, today revealed a partnership with the Kansas City T-Bones for the team to be known going forward as the "Kansas City Monarchs Baseball Club." The longanticipated name change and terms of the agreement were revealed in a press conference at the museum with Kendrick, T-Bones owner, Mark Brandmeyer, NLBM Board members and city officials. The team will play beginning with the 2021 season at the former T-Bones stadium.

The Kansas City MonarchsThe Kansas City Monarchs was the longest-running franchise in Negro Leagues history. Founded in 1920 and based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Monarchs won ten league pennants and the inaugural Negro League World Series Championship in 1924. When the team was disbanded in 1965, it had produced more major league players than any other Negro League franchise.

"This exciting partnership celebrates Kansas City's rich baseball heritage and becomes an important extension of the work we're doing to educate the public about the history of the Negro Leagues," said Bob Kendrick, NLBM President. "We are thrilled that the proud legacy of the great Kansas City Monarchs will take the field again and look forward to sharing our story through a myriad of opportunities made possible through this historic alliance."

Working with long-time fans, brand agencies and the league office, the T-Bones spent several months engaged in extensive research and considered over a dozen potential new team names. Monarchs quickly emerged as the favorite and most inspiring name.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Brandmeyer's MaxFun Entertainment, LLC have signed a long-term licensing agreement which will allow for use of the Monarchs Baseball Team name.

The unprecedented collaboration will create a sustainable, long-term revenue stream for the NLBM not-for-profit and include cross-promotion via a satellite Negro Leagues Baseball exhibit at the stadium. The exhibit will eventually be a part of a travelling exhibit that will accompany the team to baseball stadiums around the country. The team also has plans to establish The Monarchs Youth Academy with a mission to enrich the lives of Kansas City urban youth through baseball & softball.

"Being entrusted to carry on the Monarchs legacy is truly a dream come true," said Monarchs owner Mark Brandmeyer. "We are committed to creating a world class experience on and off the field, and the historical and cultural significance of this team's name will be reflected in everything we do. We will essentially be a travelling billboard for the museum and their mission. And if we can help educate and at the same time field a team our city and the museum can be proud of, that's our goal."

"The American Association could not be more proud of the Kansas City membership to adopt the famous Monarchs brand. Between the American Association, the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball, Kansas City has a deep baseball history and this rebrand helps bring that back to today's baseball fans in an American Association team. We look forward to helping the Kansas City Monarchs and the Negro Leagues Museum educate a new generation of fans through the team's participation in the American Association," said American Association League Commissioner, Joshua Schaub.

Fans can engage with the Kansas City Monarchs team via the new team website at www.monarchsbaseball.com and on Facebook (Kansas City Monarchs Baseball), Instagram (@kc_monarchs), LinkedIn (Kansas City Monarchs Baseball), Twitter (@kscitymonarchs) YouTube (Kansas City Monarchs Baseball) and can join in the conversation using the #ReignReborn and #SeeYouAtTheBallpark hashtags. View the team's announcement video here (https://youtu.be/Jsnt2GoKbr0)

About the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Established in a one-room office in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America. In 2006, the United States Congress designated the NLBM as "America's National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum." Please join our efforts to ensure that the legacy of the Negro Leagues plays on to inspire future generations! For more information, please visit our website www.nlbm.com.



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