October 2012

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 31, 2001 – Paul O’Neill (CEdar Rapids Reds – 1982)

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 31, 2001 – Paul O’Neill (CEdar Rapids Reds – 1982)

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On October 31, 2001, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds– 1982) went 1-4 at the plate and scored a run as the New York Yankees defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 in game four of the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

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.

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Kansas City Royals acquire Ervin Santana (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002)

The Kansas City Royals traded minor league relief pitcher Brandon Sisk to the Los Angeles Angels to acquire Ervin Santana. Ervin Santana has posted a 96-80 record and a 4.33 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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 30, 2001 – Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982)

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 30, 2001 – Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982)

Originally posted on The Sprouting News:

On October 30, 2001, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds– 1982) went 2-4 at the plate and stole a base as the New York Yankees defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 in game three of the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

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.

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Mike Trout (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2009-10) has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Mike Trout (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2009-10) has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Each Major League manager and up to six coaches on each staff vote from a pool of qualified players in their respective league. Voters cannot select players from their own team. Winners will be revealed during the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Announcement Show, airing on ESPN2 on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

There have been six former Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni that have won a Gold Glove. Erick Aybar (Cedar rapids Kernels – 2003), Bengie Molina x2 (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95), Eric Davis x3 (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982), Ken Reitz (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1969), Bobby Knoop x3 (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958) and John Roseboro x2 (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955) have each earned the honor.

Cedar Rapids Alumni who have won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

2011 Erick Aybar  American League SS  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 2003)

2003 Bengie Molina  American League C  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)

2002 Bengie Molina  American League C  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)

1989 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1988 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1987 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1975 Ken Reitz  National League 3B  (Cedar Rapids Cardinals 1969)

1968 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1967 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1966 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1966 John Roseboro National League  C  (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955)

1961 John Roseboro National League C  (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955)

Here are the finalists at each position in 2012.

American League

Pitcher: Jeremy Hellickson, Jake Peavy, C.J. Wilson

Catcher: Alex Avila, Russell Martin, A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Wieters

First base: Adrian Gonzalez, Eric Hosmer, Mark Teixeira

Second base: Dustin Ackley, Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia

Shortstop: Elvis Andrus, J.J. Hardy, Brendan Ryan

Third base: Adrian Beltre, Brandon Inge, Mike Moustakas

Left field: Alex Gordon, Desmond Jennings, David Murphy

Center field: Austin Jackson, Adam Jones, Mike Trout

Right field: Shin-Soo Choo, Jeff Francoeur, Josh Reddick

National League

Pitcher: Bronson Arroyo, Mark Buehrle, Clayton Kershaw

Catcher: Molina, Miguel Montero, Carlos Ruiz

First base: Freddie Freeman, Adam LaRoche, Votto

Second base: Darwin Barney, Aaron Hill, Phillips

Shortstop: Zack Cozart, Ian Desmond, Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins

Third base: Chase Headley, Aramis Ramirez, David Wright

Left field: Ryan Braun, Carlos Gonzalez, Martin Prado

Center field: Michael Bourn, Andrew McCutchen, Drew Stubbs

Right field: Jay Bruce, Andre Ethier, Jason Heyward

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 28, 2001 – Reggie Sanders (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990)

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 28, 2001 – Reggie Sanders (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990)

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On October 28, 2001, Reggie Sanders (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990) went 1-3 at the plate and scored two runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 in game two of the 2001 World Series.

Reggie Sanders hit .267 with 305 HR, 983 RBI and stole 304 bases during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. Sanders played in three World Series (2001, 2002, and 2004). He was part of the Diamondbacks championship squad in 2001.

Reggie Sanders hit .285 with 17 HR and 63 RBI for the 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds. The 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squad finished with a 88-46 record under manager Dave Miley. Quad Cities defeated them in the opening round of the MWL Playoffs.

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This date in Kernels alumni history – October 27, 2002 – John Lackey (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2000)

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 27, 2002 – John Lackey (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2000)

Originally posted on The Sprouting News:

On October 22, 2002,  John Lackey (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 2000) worked five innings while allowing one run to earn the win as the Angels defeated the Giants 4-1 in game seven of the 2002 World Series at Edison International Field. Lackey struck out three while allowing one walk and four hits.

John Lackey has posted a 128-94 record with a 4.10 ERA thus far during his 10 year MLB career playing for the Angels and Red Sox. Lackey will likely miss the 2012 season to undergo Tommy John surgery.

John Lackey posted a 3-2 record with a 2.08 ERA in five starts with the 2000 Cedar Rapids Kernels. The Kernels finished in 13th place with a record of 53-86 under managers Mitch Seone and Tyrone Boykin.

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This date in Kernels alumni history – October 26, 2005 – Bobby Jenks (Cedar Rapids Kernels -2001)

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 26, 2005 – Bobby Jenks (Cedar Rapids Kernels -2001)

Originally posted on The Sprouting News:

On October 26, 2005,  Bobby Jenks (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 2001) worked the ninth inning to earn the save as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Hoston Astros 1-0 in game four of the 2005 World Series at Minute Maid Park finishing the sweep and taking the title. Jenks pitched in all four games of the series earning a save in game one as well.

Bobby Jenks has posted a 16-20 record with 173 saves and a 3.53 ERA thus far during his seven season MLB career playing for the White Sox and Red Sox. In 2007, Jenks set an American League record and tied the Major League record by retiring 41 consecutive batters he faced. Jenks was perfect for 14 appearances over 27 days. Jenks’ teammate Mark Buehrle broke the record two years later retiring 45 straight batters.

Bobby Jenks started 21 games for the 2001 Cedar Rapids Kernels. Jenks…

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This date in Kernels alumni history – October 25, 1911 – Doc Crandall (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1906-07)

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 25, 1911 – Doc Crandall (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1906-07)

Originally posted on The Sprouting News:

On October 25, 1911, Doc Crandall (Cedar Rapids Bunnies– 1906-07) entered game five of the 1911 World Series as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh as the New York Giants trailed the Philadelphia Athletics 3-1. Crandall walked but was stranded on base as the next batter grounded out.

Crandall remained in the game and took the mound in the top of the eighth. He worked around a single in the eighth and an error in the top of the ninth without allowing a run to keep the Giants within striking distance. Crandall came to bat in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on third and two outs. He doubled to center off of Jack Coombs to drive in a run to close the gap to 3-2. Crandall then scored on a single by Josh Devore to tie the game, 3-3 and sent the game into…

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This date in Kernels alumni history – October 24, 2000 – Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982)

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 24, 2000 – Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982)

Originally posted on The Sprouting News:

On October 24, 2000, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds– 1982) went 3-4 at the plate with a double, a triple and a RBI as the New York Yankees fell to the New York Mets 4-2 in game three of the 2000 World Series at Shea Stadium.

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.

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This date in Kernels alumni history – October 23, 2011 – Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2001-02)

Seth Dohrn:

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 23, 2011 – Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2001-02)

Originally posted on The Sprouting News:

On October 23, 2011, Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 2001-02) went 1-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and hit a three run HR in the 6th inning as the Texas Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in game four of the 2011 World Series at Rangers Ballpark. The HR was Napoli’s second of the series. He became the first catcher since 1982, Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals -1967), to hit a HR in game one of a World Series last Wednesday. Napoli is hitting .333 with seven RBI through four games of the series.

Mike Napoli has hit .264 with 122 HR and 324 RBI thus far during his six MLB seasons with the Angels and Rangers. He had a career best year in 2011, hitting .320 with 30 HR, 75 RBI and a OPS of 1.046 this season. Napoli is one of only two MLB…

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