March 2011

Opening Day 2011 Is Here

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpg     26 former Kernels have broke camp making Opening Day rosters across Major League Baseball. The Angels roster features 15 players who spent time in Cedar Rapids prior to making the bigs. Former Kernels have earned roster spots with the Royals, Twins, Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, Diamondbacks and Phillies respectively. Here is the complete list to the best of my knowledge:

Angels
Hank Conger (2007)
Jeff Mathis (2002)
Bobby Wilson (2004)
Mark Trumbo (2006-07)
Howard Kendrick (2004)
Erick Aybar (2003)
Alberto Callaspo (2003)
Brandon Wood (2004)
Peter Bourjos (2007)
Chris Pettit (2007)
Kevin Jepsen (2003-04)
Michael Kohn (2009)
Ervin Santana (2002)
Rich Thompson (2003)
Jordan Walden (2008)

Diamondbacks
Joe Saunders (2002)

Phillies
David Herndon (2007)

Rangers
Mike Napoli (2001-02)
Darrin O’Day (2006)
Mason Tobin (2008)

Rays
Joel Peralta (2001-02)
Sean Rodriguez (2004-05)

Red Sox
Bobby Jenks (2001)
John Lackey (2000)

Royals
Sean O’Sullivan (2007)

Twins
Alexi Casilla (2004-05)

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The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgThe Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

This feature is a morning report sharing the links to recent news of Kernels Alumni. Previously, we updating these throughout the day on Facebook as they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the day, it likely will sneak into another post. Opening Day for the big leagues is tomorrow.  Without further delay, Your Harvester Links for 3/30/11:

No Surprises as Angels set Opening Day Roster – MLB.com

Mason Tobin (2008) Breaks Camp with Rangers – MLB.com

Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mason Tobin (2008) Impacted Most by Treanor Trade – MLB.com
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The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgThe Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

This feature is a morning report sharing the links to recent news of Kernels Alumni. Previously, we updating these throughout the day on Facebook as they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the day, it likely will sneak into another post. Mother nature decided we needed just a little more snow today before the baseball season. Without further delay, Your Harvester Links for 3/29/11:

Mike Trout (2009-10) and Hank Conger (2007) Key Comeback Win over Dodgers – MLB.com

John Lackey (2000) Stays Behind in Fort Myers to Pitch – MLB.com

Mark Trumbo (2006-07) hasn’t hit his way into Angels’ Lineup yet – LATimes.com

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Cael’s Collection – Dick Tracewski 1964 Topps #154

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgCael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards
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The alumni card of the day is a 1964 Topps card of Dick Tracewski. Tracewski was a member of the 1956 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished with a mark of 44-76 under manager George Scherger. Tracewski hit .259 with 2 HR in 55 games for Cedar Rapids.

Dick Tracewski hit .213 with 8 HR and 91 RBI during his 8 year MLB career playing for the Dodgers and the Tigers. Tracewski was a member of the World Series Championship teams in 1963 (Dodgers), 1965 (Dodgers) and 1968 (Tigers).

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

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The Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

This feature is a morning report sharing the links to recent news of Kernels Alumni. Previously, we updating these throughout the day on Facebook as they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the day, it likely will sneak into another post.

The Kernels arrive one week from today. We are getting closer to ballgames. Without further delay, Your Harvester Links for 3/28/11:

Mark Trumbo (2006-07), Peter Bourjos (2007) Providing Spark for Angels – OCRegister.com

Angels Youngsters coming of age – LATimes.com

Scioscia says offense better than 2010 – MLB.com

Mark Trumbo (2006-07) drives in four runs in Angels 9-2 win over San Diego – LATimes.com

trumbo 2.jpg     Mark Trumbo (2006-07) hit .220 with 13 HR and 59 RBI for the 2006 Kernels squad that finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes. He returned to Cedar Rapids for the 2007 season where he posted a .272 batting average along with 14 HR and 76 RBI as the Kernels made the playoffs with 78-61 record under manager Ever Magallanes.

Mark Trumbo (2006-07) made his MLB debut on 9/11/10 and collected his first MLB hit and two RBI as the Angels defeated the Rangers 6-2 on 10/3/10.

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgThe Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

This feature is a morning report sharing the links to recent news of Kernels Alumni. Previously, we updating these throughout the day on Facebook as they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the day, it likely will sneak into another post. Without further delay, Your Harvester Links for 3/27/11:

Bobby Jenks (2001) Falters for the First time this Spring – MLB.com

Angels Break Camp but still have Questions – OCRegister.com

Healthy, Confident Erick Aybar (2003) Raring to go – MLB.com

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The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgThe Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

This feature is a morning report sharing the links to recent news of Kernels Alumni. Previously, we updating these throughout the day on Facebook as they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the day, it likely will sneak into another post. Without further delay, Your Harvester Links for 3/26/11:

Angels Offense Rakes in Victory over A’s – MLB.com

Joe Saunders (2002) not Guaranteed Spot in Rotation – MLB.com

Angels see Bounce back in Erick Aybar’s (2003) Step – OCRegister.com

Jeff Mathis (2002) Homers as Angels Beat Athletics 10-3 – WashingtonPost.com

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The Harvester – Harvesting the News for Alumni Reports

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The Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

This feature is a morning report sharing the links to recent news of Kernels Alumni. Previously, we updating these throughout the day on Facebook as they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the day, it likely will sneak into another post. Without further delay, Your Harvester Links for 3/24/11:

Bobby Abreu, Ervin Santana (2002) lift Angels over San Francisco 8-0 – LATimes.com

Roster Squeeze not so Tight – Lyle Spencer / Rally Monkeys

Michael Kohn (2009) Branching out from Famous Family Tree – MLB.com

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The Harvester – Harvesting the News for Alumni Reports

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgThe Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

This feature is a morning report sharing the links to recent news of Kernels Alumni. Previously, we updating these throughout the day on Facebook as they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the day, it likely will sneak into another post. Without further delay, Your Harvester Links for 3/23/11:

Peter Bourjos’s (2007) Prowess in Center Drawing Rave Reviews – MLB.com

Hank Conger (2007), Peter Bourjos (2007) Lead Angels Rout of Royals – MLB.com

Cael’s Collection – Joe Hague 1973 Topps #447

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgCael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards

The alumni card of the day is a 1973 Topps card of Joe Hague. Hague hit .251 with 9 HR and 24 doubles in 119 games for the 1966 Cedar Rapid Cardinals squad. The team finished 81-40 in 1st place during the regular season under manager Ron Plaza. The Cedar Rapids Cardinals fell to Fox Cities 2 games to 1 in the Championship Series.

joe hague 1973 topps small.jpgJoe Hague hit .239 with 40 HR and 163 RBI during his six year MLB career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds.

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