Paul O’Neill hit .288 with 281 HR and 1269 RBI during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Reds and Yankees. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 batting average. O’Neill was selected to five All-Star teams and was a member of six World Series teams earning five championship rings.
Paul O’Neill hit .272 with 8 HR and 71 RBI in 116 games as the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds finished 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson.
This date in Kernels alumni history – September 30, 2007 – Jamie Burke (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994)
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Jamie Burke hit .277 with 3 HR and 39 RBI during his 8 season MLB career playing for the Angels, White Sox, Mariners and Nationals.
Jamie Burke was a member of the 1994 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad. Burke hit .264 with 1 HR, 24 doubles and 47 RBI in 127 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. The Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening round and then topped Rockford taking three of four games to win the 1994 Midwest League Championship.
Jamie Burke returned to Cedar Rapids in 2012 as the Kernels manager during the final season of the Los Angeles Angels affiliation. Cedar Rapids finished with a 53-86 record.
Fred Hoffman and 1923 New York Yankees defeated Hall of Famer John McGraw (Cedar Rapids Canaries – 1891) and the New York Giants in six games to claim the first of the Yankees 27 World Series Championships. Hofmann made two plate appearances going 0-1 with a walk in two World Series games.
Fred Hofmann hit .247 with 7 HR and 93 RBI during his 9 year MLB career playing for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Fred Hofmann was a member of the 1915 and the 1916 Cedar Rapids Bunnies teams. In 1915, the Bunnies finished in 4th place with a 54-47 mark under manager Jack Herbert. In 1916, Cedar Rapids finished in 3rd place with a record of 62-54 in the Central Association under manager Frank Boyle’s guidance. Hofmann hit .165 in 82 games in 1915 and hit .189 in 52 games during the 1916 season splitting time between Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.
On September 25, 1929, Ernie Orsatti (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1925) went 4-5 at the plate with a double, a RBI and scored two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 at Sportsman’s Park.
Ernie Orsatti hit .306 with 10 HR and 237 RBI during his 9 year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in four World Series (1928, 1930, 1931 and 1934) batting .273 in 13 post season games as the Cardinals won the Championship in 1931 over the Philadelphia Athletics and defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 1934 World Series.
Ernie Orsatti & the St. Louis Cardinals receive their 1931 World Series rings from Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
Ernie Orsatti hit .347 with 6 HR for the 1925 Cedar Rapids Bunnies. The Bunnies won the Mississippi Valley League Championship with a record of 74-51 under manager Bill Speas.
This date in Kernels alumni history – September 29, 2009 – Bengie Molina (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)
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Bengie Molina hit .274 with 144 HR and 711 RBI during his 13 year career playing for the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. Molina finished fourth in the 2000 Rookie of the year vote and won Gold Glove awards in 2002 and 2003. He played in two World Series (2002 and 2010) and won a championship with the Angels in 2002.
Bengie Molina was a member of the 1994 and 1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels squads. In 1994, Bengie Molina hit .281 with 3 HR, 8 doubles and 16 RBI in 48 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. Molina and the Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening…
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Andrew Taylor made his MLB debut last night finishing the game in the Angels 9-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Taylor walked one without allowing a run working 2/3 of an inning in his debut. Taylor is the 388th player to play professional baseball in Cedar Rapids and play in a major league game. Click here for video highlights from MLB.com of Taylor’s debut.
Andrew Taylor posted a 3-0 record with a 1.23 E.R.A. in 40 games for Cedar Rapids in 2009. Taylor struck out 83 batters in 51 1/3 innings of work. He is the sixth player to reach the majors from the 2009 Kernels squad. Cedar Rapids finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello defeating the Peoria Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs before losing in the semifinals to the Burlington Bees.
Andrew Taylor had a 2-4 with a 4.61 E.R.A. in 37 games with the Arkansas Travelers (AA) in 2012. Taylor posted a 1-0 record with a 3.50 E.R.A. for the Salt Lake Bees in 16 games after being promoted to AAA this year.
Tyler Skaggs (2010) became the 387th Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball alumni to make his MLB debut when he debuted with the Diamondbacks on August 22, 2012.
On September 28, 2009, Ervin Santana (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Angels to a 11-0 victory over the Texas Rangers at Angels Stadium. Santana struck out two while allowing seven hits and one walk to earn the win.
Ervin Santana has posted a 96-79 record and a 4.30 E.R.A. during his eight year career thus far playing for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Santana was selected to the 2008 American League All-Star team and pitched a no-hitter on July 27, 2011.
Ervin Santana was a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that opened New Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2002. Santana posted a 14-8 record with a 4.16 E.R.A. in 27 starts as the Kernels finished 81-58 under manager Todd Clauss defeating Quad Cities in the opening round and then losing to Peoria in the semi finals of the Midwest League playoffs. He struck out 146 batters in 147 innings of work in 2002.
On September 28, 1951, Cliff Mapes (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1942) went 3-5 at the plate with a HR, two RBI and scored a pair of runs in the St. Louis Browns 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Sportsman’s Park.
Cliff Mapes hit .242 with 38 HR and 172 RBI during his five year MLB career playing for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers. Mapes earned two rings playing for the 1949 and 1950 World Series Champion New York Yankees squads.
Cliff Mapes was a member of the 1942 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished with a mark of 74-43 and won the Three-I League Championship under manager Ollie Marquardt. The Raiders defeated Evansville in the 1st round of the playoffs and then took down Madison in the Championship series. Mapes hit .241 with 11 HR and 16 doubles in 110 games.
This date in Kernels alumni history – September 28, 1951 – Allie Reynolds (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1940-41)
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On September 28, 1951, Allie Reynolds (Cedar Rapids Raiders -1940-41) became just the second pitcher in MLB history to throw two no hitters in a season by shutting down the Red Sox 8-0 and clinched a tie for the pennant with the effort. Reynolds struck out nine batters while allowing four walks in the win. The game’s finish had added drama as Ted Williams was the final batter Reynolds faced. Yogi Berra dropped a pop foul for strike two. Williams once again popped up the following pitch and Berra caught it for the final out. There are only three other Cedar Rapids Alumni with major league no-hitters (Bob Forsch-2, Jerry Reuss and Ervin Santana).
Allie Reynolds finished his 13 year career playing for the Indians and the Yankees with a 182-107 mark and tallied 49 saves and posting a 3.30 ERA.
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Eric Davis hit .269 with 282 home runs, 934 RBI and stole 349 bases during his 17 year career playing for the Reds, Dodgers, Tigers, Orioles, Cardinals and Giants. Davis hit for the cycle on June 2, 1989 to lead the Reds to a 9-4 win over the Padres. He was the first Red to hit for cycle since Frank Robinson did it in 1959.
Davis was part of the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds squad that finished in 9th place with a mark of 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson. Eric Davis hit .276 with 15 home runs, 56 RBI and stole 53 bases for the Cedar Rapids Reds that season.