April 2012

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bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpghal trosky.jpgOn April 30, 1940, Hal Trosky (1931 – Cedar Rapids Bunnies) went 2-3 with two solo home runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 10-5 win over the Philadelphia Athletics. Trosky also walked twice in the game and scored three runs.

Hal Trosky played 11 season for the Indians and the White Sox. The Norway, IA native posted a career batting average of .302 with 228 home runs and 1012 RBI.

Trosky was part of the 1931 Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad that finished 2nd in the Mississippi Valley League with a mark of 74-52 under manager Paul Speraw. Hal hit .302 with three home runs in 164 at bats as an 18 year old.

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Patrick Corbin (2010) becomes 380th player in Cedar Rapids baseball history to make MLB debut

Patrick Corbin (2010) worked 5 2/3 innings allowing three runs in his major league debut against the Miami Marlins this afternoon. Corbin struck out six batters while allowing eight hits and three walks. He left the game in line to pick up the win as the Diamondbacks lead the Marlins 7-5 after seven innings of play. Corbin is the 380th player to play professional baseball in Cedar Rapids and play in a major league game.

Patrick Corbin posted a 8-0 record with a 3.86 E.R.A in 9 starts for the 2010 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 42 batters in 58 1/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 82-56 record under manager Bill Mosiello in 2010. The Kernels lost to Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.

Patrick Corbin was traded to the Diamondbacks along with Rafael Rodriguez (2003-05) and Tyler Skaggs (2010) in the Dan Haren trade. Corbin was 2-0 with a 1.87 E.R.A. in four starts for Mobile this season.

This date in Kernels history – April 30, 2010 – Fabio Martinez, Kyle Hurst and Mike Kenney No-Hitter

On April 30, 2010, Fabio Martinez, Kyle Hurst and Mike Kenney teamed up to pitch a combined no-hitter to defeat the Kane County Cougars 3-0 at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. It was the first Kernels no-hitter at New Veterans Memorial Stadium (2002-present). The most recent Cedar Rapids no-hitter had been Ramon Ortiz’s gem in 1997.

Fabio Martinez posted a 7-3 record and a 3.92 E.R.A. in 19 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2010. Martinez struck out 141 batters in 103 1/3 innings of work. He made the 2010 Midwest League All-Star squad and was leading the league in strikeouts before an injury cut short his 2010 season. Fabio Martinez was limited to two appearances in the Arizona League during the 2011 season. Martinez is starting the 2012 season at Inland Empire (High A).

Kyle Hurst went 1-2 with a 4.64 E.R.A. in 2009 before returning in 2010 to post a 4-2 record with a 2.84 E.R.A. for the 2010 Kernels squad. Hurst compiled a 8-5 mart with a 5.08 E.R.A. in 20 appearances between Inland Empire (Hi-A) and Arkansas (AA) in 2011.

Mike Kenney was 4-3 with a 3.51 E.R.A. for Cedar Rapids in 2010. He was selected to appear in the 2010 Midwest League All-Star game. Kenney posted a 5-6 mark with a 5.07 E.R.A. in 43 games for the Inland Empire 66ers in 2011.

Cedar Rapids finished the 2010 season with a 82-56 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels lost to Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.

 

Cam Bedrosian joins Kernels from extended Spring Training

The Cedar Rapids Kernels and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announce that RHP Cam Bedrosian will join the Kernels from Extended Spring Training in Tempe, AZ and that RHP Jacob Negrete has been assigned to Extended Spring Training. Mike LaCassa, Minor League Operations Manager for the LA Angels, announced the move on Monday.

The Angels selected Bedrosian, 20, in the first round (37th overall) of the 2010 Free Agent Draft out of East Coweta HS in Georgia. He did not play in 2011 due to injury and made five appearances (four starts) for the AZL Angels in 2010, posting an 0-2 record and 4.50 ERA in 12 IP. He allowed 13 hits and 11 runs (six earned) with seven walks and 10 strikeouts. He is the son of former Major League pitcher, Steve Bedrosian.

 

This date in Kernels history – April 29, 2010 – Carlos Ramirez

On April 29, 2010,  Carlos Ramirez was 2-4 at the plate with a pair of HR, three RBI and scored three runs as the Kernels defeated the Clinton Lumberkings 7-5. Carlos Ramirez hit .226 with 9 doubles, 9 HR and 34 RBI in 77 games during the 2010 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 82-56 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels lost to Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs. Carlos Ramirez returned to play in 31 games for the 2011 Kernels squad hitting.259 with 3 HR and 12 RBI. Cedar Rapids finished the 2011 season with a 61-78 record under manager Brent Del Chiaro.

Carlos Ramirez hit .348 with 21 doubles, 4 HR and 28 RBI for the Inland Empire 66ers (Hi-A) in 52 games and played in four game for the Arkansas Travelers (AA) after being promoted in 2011. Ramirez has started the 2012 season with the Arkansas Travelers in 2012.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

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bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgcloninger braves.jpgOn April 29, 1964, Tony Cloninger (1959 – Cedar Rapids Braves) threw a complete game shutout while only allowing one hit and one walk to earn the victory. Cloninger struck out five as the Milwaukee Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0.

Tony Cloninger finished his career with a 113-97 mark and an ERA of 4.07 during his 12 years with the Braves, Reds and Cardinals. Regarded as a tough fireball pitcher,
Cloninger was also a dangerous power hitter. On July 3, 1966, in an Atlanta Braves’ 17-3 win over the Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Cloninger helped his team’s cause with two grand slams, driving in a total of nine runs, the ninth coming on a run-scoring
single. Cloninger became the first player in the National League, and only pitcher to date, to hit two grand slams in the same game, also setting a major league record for…

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bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgOn April 28, 1965, Rocky Colavito (1952 – Cedar Rapids Indians) went 2-3 with a home run, four RBI, three runs scored and a walk in the Indians 9-3 win over the Twins.

Colavito hit .266 in his 14 year career playing for the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers and Yankees. Hitting all but three of his 374 career home runs in the AL, he ranked behind only Jimmie Foxx (524) and Harmon Killebrew (then at 397) among the league’s right-handed hitters when he retired. Colavito finished his career with 1159 RBI.

Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the CR Indians.

 

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Patrick Corbin (2010) to join Diamondbacks in Miami on Monday

Patrick Corbin (2010) was promoted from Mobile (AA) to join the Diamondbacks in Miami on Monday to make his first big league start against the Miami Marlins. Corbin posted a 8-0 record with a 3.86 E.R.A in 9 starts for the 2010 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 42 batters in 58 1/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 82-56 record under manager Bill Mosiello in 2010. The Kernels lost to Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.

Patrick Corbin was traded to the Diamondbacks along with Rafael Rodriguez (2003-05) and Tyler Skaggs (2010) in the Dan Haren trade. Corbin was 2-0 with a 1.87 E.R.A. in four starts for Mobile this season.

David Carpenter (2010) became the 379th Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball alumni to make his MLB debut earlier this month with the Angels. Patrick Corbin is set to become the 380th player to play in Cedar Rapids and play in the big leagues.

This date in Kernels history – April 28, 2007 – Mark Trumbo

On April 28, 2007,  Mark Trumbo went 4-5 at the plate with two RBI and scored a run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 9-3. Mark Trumbo hit .272 with 27 doubles, 14 HR and 76 RBI in 128 games during the 2007 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 78-61 record under manager Ever Magallanes. The Kernels lost to the Clinton Lumberkings in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs. Trumbo hit .220 with 13 HR and 59 RBI for the 2006 Kernels squad which finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes.

Mark Trumbo finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. Trumbo collected five first place votes and finished with 63 points compared to Hellickson’s 17 first place votes and 102 points. Trumbo led the Angels in HR and RBI. He finished the year hitting .254 with 29 HR and 87 RBI.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

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bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgLou boudreau small.jpgOn April 27, 1940, Lou Boudreau (1938 – Cedar Rapids Raiders) hit a pair of home runs and went 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the Indians 4-2 win over the Tigers.

Lou Boudreau hit .295 with 68 HR and 796 RBI in his 15 year career with the Indians and the Red Sox. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star Game selection, starting three times. He won the 1944 AL batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. He led AL shortstops in fielding eight times. Boudreau still holds the record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.

In 1948, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. Boudreau was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Lou Boudreau was…

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