June 2012

This date in Kernels history – June 30, 2010 – Tyler Skaggs

On June 30, 2010, Tyler Skaggs pitched five shutout innings to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the Beloit Snappers 1-0. Skaggs struck out two while allowing two hits and two walks 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.

Tyler Skaggs was added to the 2012 MLB Futures Game roster this week to replace Trevor Bauer. Skaggs started the game last year for team USA. There will be three Kernels alumni in the game this year. Ariel Pena (2010) and Jean Segura (2010) have been selected to the World team.

Sorry for the late night post. My family went to Quad Cities for the Kernels game tonight to claim some Cael Sanderson bobbleheads. Kernels came back with six runs in the ninth but gave up two in the bottom to lose 8-7. R.J. Alvarez struck out two more batters in a scoreless inning of relief. Alvarez has struck out 11 batters in 7 innings of work without allowing a run thus far 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.

Barret Browning (2007) becomes 385th player in Cedar Rapids baseball history to make MLB debut

Barret Browning (2007) pitched two perfect innings out of the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen in his major league debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium this afternoon. Browning struck out one batter without allowing a hit or issuing a walk. Browning is the 385th player to play professional baseball in Cedar Rapids and play in a major league game.

Barret Browning posted a 9-4 record with 8 saves and a 2.80 E.R.A in 48 games for the 2007 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 74 batters in 74 innings of work in 2007. 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.

Barret Browning was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals in the triple A phase of the Rule V draft this past off season. Browning was 2-3 with a 1.89 E.R.A. in 30 games for the Memphis Redbirds this season.

Miguel Gonzalez (2005) became the 384th Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball alumni to make his MLB debut when he debuted with the Orioles on May 29,2012.

Barrett Browning (2007) earns Cardinals promotion, set to make big league debut

Barret Browning (2007) was promoted from Memphis (AAA) to join the St. Louis Cardinals as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates today. Browning posted a 9-4 record with 8 saves and a 2.80 E.R.A in 48 games for the 2007 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 74 batters in 74 innings of work in 2007. 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.

Barret Browning was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals in the triple A phase of the Rule V draft this past off season. Browning was 2-3 with a 1.89 E.R.A. in 30 games for the Memphis Redbirds this season.

Miguel Gonzalez (2005) became the 384th Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball alumni to make his MLB debut when he debuted with the Orioles. Barret Browning is set to become the 385th player to play in Cedar Rapids and play in the big leagues.

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – June 30, 1963 – Tony Cloninger (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1959)

Originally posted on The Sprouting News:

On June 30, 1963, Tony Cloninger (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1959) led the Milwaukee Braves to a 7-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers throwing a complete game two hitter while striking out one. Cloninger also went 1-3 at the plate with a RBI.

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…

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Tyler Skaggs (2010) and Ariel Pena (2010) added to MLB Futures Game rosters

Tyler Skaggs (2010) and Ariel Pena (2010) have been added to the 2012 MLB Futures Game to replace Trevor Bauer and Edwar Cabrera at the game. They are the 21st and 22nd selections of former Kernels to play in the event held during the Major League All-Star game. Skaggs started the Futures Game last year representing the U.S. team and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pena joins Jean Segura (2010) on the 2012 World team and is the 18th different Kernels alumni to be selected to play in the game.

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. Ariel Pena went 7-5 with a 3.76 E.R.A. in 18 starts for the Kernels. Pena struck out 88 batters in 103 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 by the Diamondbacks 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 5-4 record with a 2.84 E.R.A. in 13 starts for Mobile (AA) this season. Skaggs has struck out 71 in 69 2/3 innings of work.

Ariel Pena has compiled a 5-4 record with a 2.94 E.R.A. for the Arkansas Travelers (AA) in 2012. Pena has struck out 86 in 88 2/3 innings of work.

Past Kernels Futures Game Representatives
1999     Ramon Ortiz

2000     Ramon Ortiz

2001

2002

2003     Jeff Mathis, Ervin Santana

2004     Jeff Mathis, Dallas McPherson

2005     Bobby Jenks, Brandon Wood

2006     Nick Adenhart, Howard Kendrick

2007     Freddy Sandoval, Rich Thompson

2008     Kevin Jepsen

2009     Trevor Reckling

2010     Hank Conger-MVP, Luis Jimenez, Mike Trout

2011     Tyler Skaggs, Mike Trout

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – John O’Connell (1896, 1902 – Cedar Rapids Rabbits)

John O’Connell was the seventh player to make his Major League debut from our list of 384 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. O’Connell played in the major leagues before and after he played in Cedar Rapids. He made his big league debut at age 19 on August 22, 1891, playing for the Baltimore Orioles. O’Connell played 8 games at second base, shortstop and in the outfield for the Orioles while hitting .172 with 1 double, seven RBI and stole a pair of bases in 29 at bats in 1891. The Orioles finished in fourth place with a 71-64 record under manager Billy Barney. O’Connell returned to the big leagues with the Detroit Tigers at age 30 in 1902. He appeared in eight games playing first and second base while hitting .182 in 22 at bats as the Tigers posted a 52-83 record under manager Frank Dwyer.

John O’Connell played for 19 different teams in ten minor league seasons between 1891 and 1905. He made stops playing for Lynn, the Mobile Blackbirds, Chattanooga Chatts, New Orleans Pelicans, Dover, Worcester, Bangor Millionaires, Lewiston, Lawrence Indians, Cedar Rapids Rabbits, Quincy Bluebirds, Topeka Giants, Ottumwa Giants, Scranton Miners, Utica Pentups, Albany Senators, Omaha Omahogs, Des Moines Hawkeyes, Colorado Springs Millionaires, Milwaukee Brewers, Evansville River Rats, a second tour with Cedar Rapids, Fort Wayne Railroaders, Boise Fruit Pickers, Vancouver Veterans and the Seattle Siwashes.

John O’Connell was a member of the 1896 Cedar Rapids squad that finished fourth with a 32-47 record in the Western Association under managers Hiram Ebright and Belden Hill‘s guidance. O’Connell returned in 1902 to play for the Rabbits squad that finished third in the Three-I League with a 63-56 record under Belden Hill.

John O’Connell passed away two days short of his 36th birthday on May 14, 1908 in Derry, NH. He was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – June 29, 1976 – Ted Barnicle No-Hits Dubuque

On June 29, 1976, Ted Barnicle pitched the fifth no-hitter in Cedar Rapids Midwest League baseball history to lead the Cedar Rapids Giants to a 5-0 win over the Dubuque Packers. Barnicle, the Giants first round draft pick, eighth overall, in the 1975 draft, posted a 9-10 mark with a 4.03 E.R.A. in 24 games during the 1976 season.

Ted Barnicle would pitch seven seasons between 1975 and 1982 in the minor leagues playing three seasons in the Giants organization, three with the White Sox’s minor league clubs and finishing with the AA affiliate of the Montreal Expos in Memphis. He reached as high as AAA with the Iowa Oaks in 1980 where he posted a 5-0 record with a 3.41 E.R.A. in six games.

The article below was written by Steve Allspach and published in the June 30, 1976 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League game against the Dubuque Packers held on June 29, 1976. The 1976 Cedar Rapids Giants featured four players who played in Major League baseball either before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jose Barrios, John Henry Johnson, Rich Murray and Jeff Yurak). The 1976 squad went on to finish the season with a 78-53 record in the Midwest League under manager Salty Parker.

This date in Kernels history – June 29, 2011 – Heath Nichols

On June 29, 2011, Heath Nichols pitched a complete game to lead the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 7-1 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits. Nichols struck out three while allowing five hits and two walks in the game.

Heath Nichols posted a 6-7 record with a 3.88 E.R.A. in 20 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2011. Nichols struck out 77 batters in 113 2/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the 2011 season with a 61-78 record under manager Brent Del Chiaro.

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.

Denny McLain will be at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium on July 8, 2012

The Denny McLain book tour and reality show is going to make a stop at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Sunday, July 8, 2012 as the Cedar Rapids Kernels play host to the Peoria Chiefs (Midwest League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. McLain will be on hand to throw out a first pitch and sign autographs on the concourse. He will have copies of his books available for purchase. Tickets are available at http://www.kernels.com or by calling 319.363.3887.

Denny McLain in Major League Baseball’s last 30-game winner. McLain posted a 31-6 record with a 1.96 E.R.A. in 1968 for the Detroit Tigers to earn the American League MVP and Cy Young Awards. He posted a 24-9 mark with a 2.80 E.R.A. in 1969 and repeated as the American League Cy Young award winner. The three-time American league All-Star compiled a 131-91 record with a 3.39 E.R.A. during his 10 year MLB career. McLain was a member of the 1968 World Series Champion Detroit Tigers team that defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

McLain has a Midwest League background. He pitched for the Clinton C-Sox in 1962, Cedar Rapids’ first year in the league. McLain posted a 4-7 record with a 3.56 E.R.A. in 16 games for Clinton that season. He also pitched for the Iowa Oaks (AAA) in 1973 near the end of his career.

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Bill Bowman (1895) Chicago Colts

Bill Bowman was the sixth player to make his Major League debut from our list of 384 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. Bowman made his big league debut on June 18, 1891, playing for the Chicago Colts. Bowman caught 15 games for the Colts while hitting .089 with 1 double and five RBI in 45 at bats in his only major league season. The Chicago Colts finished in second place with a 82-53 record under manager Cap Anson.

Bill Bowman spent nine seasons between 1888 and 1899 in the minor leagues playing for Rockford, the Wheeling National Citys, Sacramento Senators, Rochester Hop Bitters, Buffalo Bisons, Cedar Rapids, New Orleans Pelicans, Mobile Blackbirds and the Worcester Farmers.

Bill Bowman was a member of the 1895 Cedar Rapids squad that played in the Eastern Iowa League under manager John Buchan’s guidance.

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