May 2012

This date in Kernels history – May 31, 2010 – Garrett Richards

On May 31, 2010, Garrett Richards pitched six shutout innings to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2-0. Richards struck out 11 while allowing four hits in the victory.

Garrett Richards posted a 8-4 record with a 3.41 E.R.A. in 19 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2010. Richards struck out 108 batters in 108 1/3 innings of work. 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.

Garrett Richards made his major league debut on August 10, 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels. Richards posted a 0-2 record with a 5.79 E.R.A. in 7 games for the Angels last year. He posted a 12-2 mark with a 3.15 E.R.A. for the Arkansas Travelers (AA) in 2011. Richards was 5-2 with a 4.31 E.R.A. at Salt Lake (AAA) this season before being called up earlier this week by the Angels. He pitched a scoreless inning in his only outing thus far for the Angels 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.

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 31, 1943 – Chuck Workman (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1940)

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On May 31, 1943, Chuck Workman (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1940) went 3-5 at the plate with a homerun, two RBI and scored three runs in the Boston Braves 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field.

Chuck Workman hit .242 with 50 HR and 250 RBI during his six seasons in Major League baseball playing for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Chuck Workman hit .320 with 29 HR for the 1940 Cedar Rapids Raiders. The Raiders finished with a record of 74-51 under manager Ollie Marquardt. The 1940 squad took the Three-I League Championship defeating Springfield (3-0) in the opening round of the playoffs and then taking down Decatur (3-1) in the championship series.

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This date in Kernels alumni history – May 30, 1934 – Hal Trosky (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1931)

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On May 30, 1934, Hal Trosky, Sr. (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1931) was 3-4 at the plate with three HR and four RBI as the Cleveland Indians topped the Chicago White Sox 5-4 at League Park.

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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This date in Kernels history – May 29, 2010 – Tyler Skaggs

On May 29, 2010, Tyler Skaggs pitched five innings while allowing a pair of runs to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 8-3. Skaggs struck out three while allowing five hits and one walk in the victory.

Tyler Skaggs posted a 8-4 record with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 19 games for Cedar Rapids in 2010. Skaggs struck out 82 batters in 82 1/3 innings of work. 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.

Tyler Skaggs was acquired along with Joe Saunders (2002), Patrick Corbin (2010) and Rafael Rodriguez (2003-05) in exchange for Dan Haren on July 25, 2010. He has compiled a 3-3 record with a 2.72 E.R.A. in 9 starts for Mobile (AA) this season.

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.

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 29, 1947 – Red Embree (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1940)

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On May 29, 1947, Red Embree (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1940) led the Cleveland Indians to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers at Briggs Stadium with a complete game pitching performance. Embree struck out four while allowing one run, two walks and four hits.

Red Embree posted a 31-48 record with a 3.72 ERA during his 8 year MLB career pitching for the Cleveland Indians, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Browns.

Red Embree was 8-3 with a 4.67 ERA during his 16 games with the 1940 Cedar Rapids Raiders. The Raiders finished with a record of 74-51 under manager Ollie Marquardt. The 1940 squad took the Three-I League Championship defeating Springfield (3-0) in the opening round of the playoffs and then taking down Decatur (3-1) in the championship series.

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This date in Kernels history – May 28, 2006 – Mark Trumbo

On May 28, 2006,  Mark Trumbo went 1-3 at the plate with a HR and three RBI as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Swing of the Quad Cities 9-3. Trumbo hit .220 with 13 HR and 59 RBI for the 2006 Kernels squad which finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes. 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.

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.

 

Welcome back to Cedar Rapids Dave Byers (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1972)

Every so often I get the honor of meeting a former Cedar Rapids alumni who happens to drop by the area to check in on the stadium and remember ballgames of the past. I was lucky enough to meet Dave Byers (1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals) this afternoon. Dave is just beginning a journey that will take him across North America traveling 12,000 miles over 56 days. He started his solo motorcycle venture in London, Ontario and Cedar Rapids is an early stop during his journey. We had great timing with a 2 p.m. game this Memorial Day against the Quad Cities River Bandits for him to enjoy before heading on. It was great to share a tour through our Hall of Fame and Cedar Rapids Baseball Timeline areas while enjoying his stories of the Cardinals organization.

Dave Byers hit .242 with 2 HR in 37 games for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals. Byers was a six-time all-star for the London Majors during his 18 year (1970-87) career playing in the Intercounty Baseball League, finishing with 551 hits, 317 RBI, 74 HR and 105 doubles. Dave captured the batting crown in 1977 with a .453 average. source Jeffrey Reed – The Londoner Byers number 18 was retired by the Majors.

It was great to meet and visit with Dave. We wish him safe travels. Follow Dave’s journey as he documents his trip and learn more about the charities he is working to raise awareness for at http://www.wunderlust2012.com/.

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 28, 1973 – Clyde Mashore (Cedar Rapids Red Raiders – 1964)

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On May 28, 1973, Clyde Mashore (Cedar Rapids Red Raiders – 1964) pinch hit in the 9th inning and connected for a three-run homerun off of Gary Ross as the Montreal Expos defeated the San Diego Padres 7-6 at San Diego Stadium. Future Angels General Manager Bill Stoneman came on to earn the save for the Expos.

Clyde Mashore hit .208 with 8 HR and 47 RBI during his five seasons playing for the Reds and the Expos. His son Damon Mashore also played in the majors and was the Kernels hitting coach during the 2007 season.

Clyde Mashore hit .233 with 4 HR and 31 RBI for the 1964 Cedar Rapids Red Raiders. The Red Raiders finished with a mark of 51-69 under manager Rollie Hemsley.

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This date in Kernels alumni history – May 27, 1958 – Billy Harrell (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952)

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On May 27, 1958, Billy Harrell (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) was 2-3 at the plate with a HR, two RBI, two runs scored and a pair of walk in the Cleveland Indians 7-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Stadium.

Billy Harrell played baseball in the Negro Leagues for the 1951 Birmingham Barons, then went on a short stint playing basketball for the 1951-52 Saratoga Harlem Yankees (ABL). Harrell signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1952. He made his MLB debut on September 2, 1955 and went on to hit .231 with 8 HR and 26 RBI during his four season MLB career playing for the Indians and Red Sox.

Billy Harrell was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Harrell hit .325 with 5 HR and 16 doubles in 55 games for Cedar…

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This date in Kernels history – May 27, 2005 – Aaron Peel

On May 27, 2005, Aaron Peel went 2-4 at the plate with a pair of solo HR as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the South Bend Silver Hawks 7-4. Peel hit .308 with 13 doubles, 8 HR, 34 RBI and stole 6 bases in 52 games during the 2005 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes. Peel was a member of the 2004 Kernels teams as well. He hit .216 with 9 HR, 24 RBI and stole 4 bases in 62 games.

Aaron Peel played seven seasons (2002-08) in the Angels organization playing last for the Arkansas Travelers (AA). Peel passed away on September 21, 2010.

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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