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Darren O’Day (2006) has signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles

Sprouting News LogoDarren O'Day OriolesDarren O’Day (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2006) has signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles with a club option for a third year. O’Day is guaranteed $5.8M counting the $400k buyout with the third year option available to the team at $4.5M.

Darren O’Day posted a 3-1 mark with a 2.70 E.R.A. in 23 1/2 innings of work over 17 appearances for Cedar Rapids in 2006. The Kernels squad that finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes.

The Orioles had claimed righty reliever O’Day off waivers from the Rangers in 2011. O’Day, 29, had battled through injuries and posted a 0-1 record with a 5.40 E.R.A. He joined the Rangers via an April 2009 waiver claim from the Mets. From that point through the end of the 2010 season, O’Day provided the Rangers a 1.99 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, and 0.61 HR/9 in 117 2/3 innings. He made an appearance in four of the 2010 World Series games. Darren O’Day went 7-1 with a 2.28 E.R.A. in 69 games out of the Orioles bullpen in 2012. O’Day struck out 69 batters in 67 innings of work. He has compiled a career mark of 15-6 with a 2.73 E.R.A.

Joe Saunders (2002) signed a one year deal with the Seattle Mariners

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Joe Saunders (2002)Joe Saunders (2002) has signed a one year free agent deal with the Seattle Mariners. Joe Saunders was part of the 2002 Kernels team that finished 3rd with a mark of 81-58 under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 team swept Quad Cities in the opening round of the playoffs before falling to Peoria in the second round. Saunders was 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts for the Kernels. He struck out 27 batters in 28 2/3 innings of work.

Saunders posted a 3-3 record with a 3.63 E.R.A. in 7 starts for the Orioles in 2012. The Baltimore Orioles traded Matt Lindstrom and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks to acquire Joe Saunders (2002) on August 26 this season. He had posted a 6-10 record with a 4.22 E.R.A. in 21 starts for Arizona prior to the trade. Saunders was acquired by the Diamondbacks along with Patrick Corbin (2010), Tyler Skaggs (2010) and Rafael Rodriguez (2003-05) from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Dan Haren on July 25, 2010. Saunders has compiled a 78-65 career MLB record with a 4.15 E.R.A. in eight season pitching for the Angels, Diamondbacks and Orioles.

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Chris Pettit (2007) signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles

Sprouting News LogoChris PettitChris Pettit (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2007) has signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Pettit hit .346 with 24 doubles, 9 HR and 41 RBI in 64 games before earning a promotion early in the 2007 season. 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. Pettit made his major league debut on September 11, 2009 with the Los Angeles Angels.

Pettit split time playing for the Jackson Generals (Seattle Mariners, Double-A), Tulsa Drillers (Colorado Rockies, Double-A) and the Colorado Sky Sox (Colorado Rockies, Triple-A) in 2012. He hit .282 with 21 doubles, 7 HR and 35 RBI in 88 games last year.

Kernels release 2011 Opening Day roster

Baltimore Orioles claim Alexi Casilla (2004-05) off waivers

The Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Alexi Casilla (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2004-05) off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, the team announced. Casilla hit .241 with 17 doubles, 1 HR, 30 RBI and stole a career high 21 bases in 106 games for the Twins in 2012. The move comes exactly one year to the date when the Orioles claimed another former Kernels alum in a waiver acquisition. Darren O’Day proved to be a major addition to their 2012 playoff run after being claimed from the Texas Rangers on November 2, 2011.

Alexi Casilla was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams.  The 2004 Kernels squad finished with a record of 75-64 under manager Bobby Magallanes. The Kernels lost in the 1st round of the Midwest League playoffs to the Clinton Lumberkings.  Casilla hit .310 with a triple, 2 doubles and 1 RBI in 9 games for the Kernels. He returned as a member of the 2005 Kernels squad that finished 65-75 under manager Bobby Magallanes. Casilla hit .325 with 3 HR, 11 doubles, 17 RBI and stole 29 bases in 78 games for the Kernels.

The Minnesota Twins had acquired Alexi Casilla in exchange for J.C. Romero on December 9, 2005 from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Casilla has hit .250 with 11 HR, 147 RBI and stole 71 bases during his seven MLB seasons with the Twins.

8 Cedar Rapids Kernels Alumni make MLB debut, 35 total MLB active players in 2012

There were eight Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni who made their MLB debut in 2012. Barret Browning, David Carpenter, Patrick Corbin, Miguel Gonzalez, Jean Segura, Tyler Skaggs, Will Smith and Andrew Taylor were among the 35 Kernels alumni who played in a MLB game in 2012. The number is down slightly from the 39 former alumni who played in a MLB game in 2011.

2012 was the fifth time there has been three Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni players selected to the same All-Star game (2012, 2007, 1991, 1984 and 1966). Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike trout (2009-10) and Mark Trumbo (2006-07) each made their first all-star teams. We have never had more than three appear in the same season.Here is the link to our full all-star selection list.

Here is the complete list of our alumni appearing in a MLB game with the teams they played for and the year designating the season they were in Cedar Rapids.

Alexi Amarista (2008-09) Angels & Padres

Erick Aybar (2003) Angels

Peter Bourjos (2007) Angels

Barret Browning (2007) Cardinals

Alberto Callaspo (2003) Angels

David Carpenter (2010) Angels

Bobby Cassevah (2007) Angels

Alexi Casilla (2004-05) Twins

Tyler Chatwood (2009) Rockies

Hank Conger (2007) Angels

Patrick Corbin (2010) Diamondbacks

Miguel Gonzalez (2005) Orioles

David Herndon (2007) Phillies

Kevin Jepsen (2003) Angels

Howard Kendrick (2004) Angels

Casey Kotchman (2002) Indians

Jeff Mathis (2002) Blue Jays

Mike Napoli (2001-02) Rangers

Darren O’Day (2006) Orioles

Joel Peralta (2001-02) Rays

Garrett Richards (2010) Angels

Fernando Rodriguez (2005) Astros

Sean Rodriguez (2004-05) Rays

Andrew Romine (2008) Angels

Ervin Santana (2002) Angels

Joe Saunders (2002) Diamondbacks & Orioles

Jean Segura (2010) Angels & Brewers

Tyler Skaggs (2010) Diamondbacks

Will Smith (2009) Royals

Andrew Taylor (2009) Angels

Rich Thompson (2003) Angels & Athletics

Mike Trout (2009-10) Angels

Mark Trumbo (2006-07) Angels

Jordan Walden (2008) Angels

Bobby Wilson (2004) Angels

Joe Saunders to start for Orioles tonight, Kernels alumni in the 2012 postseason

Joe Saunders (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) will get the start tonight for the Baltimore Orioles as they take on the Texas Rangers and Saunders’ former battery mate Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels 2001-02) in the first ever American League Wild Card game tonight at Rangers Ballpark. The Orioles feature two additional Kernels alumni in starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez (2005) and relief pitcher Darren O’Day (2006).

The fifth Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni who has a chance at playing baseball this October is St. Louis Cardinals reliever Barret Browning (2007). The Cardinals travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves in the first ever National League Wild Card game tonight at Turner Field.

The Baltimore Orioles traded Matt Lindstrom and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks to acquire Joe Saunders (2002) on August 26 this season. Saunders posted a 3-3 record with a 3.63 E.R.A. in 7 starts for the Orioles. He had posted a 6-10 record with a 4.22 E.R.A. in 21 starts for Arizona prior to the trade. Saunders was acquired by the Diamondbacksalong with Patrick Corbin (2010), Tyler Skaggs (2010) and Rafael Rodriguez (2003-05) from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Dan Haren on July 25, 2010. Saunders has compiled a 78-65 career MLB record with a 4.15 E.R.A. in eight season pitching for the Angels, Diamondbacks and Orioles.

Joe Saunders was part of the 2002 Kernels team that finished 3rd with a mark of 81-58 under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 team swept Quad Cities in the opening round of the playoffs before falling to Peoria in the second round. Saunders was 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts for the Kernels. He struck out 27 batters in 28 2/3 innings of work.

Mike Napoli has hit .259 with 146 HR and 380 RBI thus far during his seven 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. Napoli capped it off with a very impressive 2011 World Series where he hit .350 with 2 HR, 10 RBI and a 1.164 OPS in the seven game series. Mike Napoli is one of only two MLB catchers who have hit 20 or more HR each of the last five seasons (Brian McCann-ATL).

Mike Napoli was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. In 2001, the Kernels finished 60-77 under manager Tyrone Boykin. Napoli hit .232 with 5 HR and 18 RBI in 43 games for Cedar Rapids. In 2002, the Kernels posted a 81-58 mark under manager Todd Claus. Napoli hit .251 with 10 HR, 19 doubles and had 50 RBI in 103 games for Cedar Rapids in 2002.

The Orioles claimed righty reliever Darren O’Day off waivers from the Rangers last fall. O’Day, 29, had battled through injuries and posted a 0-1 record with a 5.40 E.R.A. in 2011. He joined the Rangers via an April 2009 waiver claim from the Mets. From that point through the end of the 2010 season, O’Day provided the Rangers a 1.99 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, and 0.61 HR/9 in 117 2/3 innings. He made an appearance in four of the 2010 World Series games. Darren O’Day is 7-1 with a 2.28 E.R.A. in 69 games out of the Orioles bullpen in 2012. O’Day has struck out 69 batters in 67 innings of work. O’Day has compiled a career mark of 15-6 with a 2.73 E.R.A.

Darren O’Day posted a 3-1 mark with a 2.70 E.R.A. in 23 1/2 innings of work over 17 appearances for Cedar Rapids in 2006. The Kernels finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes in 2006.

Miguel Gonzalez signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Orioles this past off season after being selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 2008 Rule V draft.. Gonzalez posted a 2-1 record with a save and a 1.50 E.R.A. for the Norfolk Tides (AAA) before making his MLB debut on May 25, 2012. Miguel Gonzalez had a break out 2012 season going 9-4 with a 3.25 E.R.A. in 18 games including 15 starts for the Orioles. He struck out 77 batters in 105 1/3 innings of work.

Miguel Gonzalez posted a 2-5 record with 8 saves and a 4.70 E.R.A in 28 games for the 2005 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 42 batters in 44 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the 2005 season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes.

Barret Browning was acquired by the Cardinals in the AAA 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 before making his MLB debut on June 30, 2012. He posted a 1-3 record with a 5.12 E.R.A. in 22 appearances out of the Cardinals bullpen. Browning struck out 11 in 19 1/3 innings of work.

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. Browning made his major league debut on June 30, 2012 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 1, 1985 – Eric Davis

On October 1, 1985, Eric Davis (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 3-5 at the plate with a HR, four RBI and scored a run as the Cincinnati Reds rallied to defeat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 at Candlestick Park. Davis drove in the game winning runs with a RBI single in the top of the eighth inning that drove in the tying and go ahead run.

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.

Eric 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. Davis hit .276 with 15 home runs, 56 RBI and stole 53 bases for the Cedar Rapids Reds that season. He was enshrined into the Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 27, 1997 – Eric Davis

On September 27, 1997, Eric Davis (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 4-5 at the plate with a HR, RBI and scored a run as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 at County Stadium.

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.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 20, 1891 John McGraw’s Final CR Game, Canaries 6, Ottawa 1

On August 20, 1891, the Cedar Rapids Canaries defeated Ottawa 6-1. Bill Hoffer led the Canaries to the win with nine solid innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out five batters. It was also the final game future baseball Hall of Fame member John McGraw would play as a member of the Cedar Rapids squad. McGraw was offered and accepted an opportunity to join the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association and he hit .270 with 14 RBI in 33 games during the Orioles 1891 season

McGraw compiled a career MLB batting average of .334 in 16 MLB seasons with a .466 on base percentage. He led the league in runs scored and walks in both 1898 and 1899. McGraw also led the league in on base percentage three times (1897, 1899 and 1900) including a .547 in 1899 which is the fourth highest single seasonmark in the history of baseball following only Barry Bonds (.609 in 2004 and .582 in 2002) and Ted Williams (.553 in 1941).

John McGraw began his MLB managing career in 1899 as a player manager for the Baltimore Orioles. McGraw managed 33 MLB seasons before being replaced midway through the 1932 season. He managed the Orioles for three seasons before joining the New York Giants and was a player manager through the 1906 season. McGraw’s New York Giants teams won 10 National League pennants and 3 World Series championships. He led the New York Giants to a first or second place finish in 21 of his 29 years at the helm.He won 2,784 games during his MLB managerial career which is second only to Connie Mack in baseball history.

This following article was published in the August 21, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Illinois-Iowa League contest against the Ottawa Modocs held on August 20, 1891. The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jake Drauby, John Godar, Bill Hoffer, Ed Knouff, John McGraw, Kid Summers and Bill Whitrock). The 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries posted a 41-47 record before the Illinois-Iowa League disbanded on August 28 when the Ottawa and Ottumwa clubs collapsed leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 15, 1907 Bunnies win 2-1 in 18 Innings, Monty Pfyl makes CR debut

On August 15, 1907, The Cedar Rapids Bunnies defeated the Peoria Distillers 2-1 in 18 innings. Zorah Clevinger opened the bottom of the 18th with a single. he moved to second on a sacrifice by Patsy O’Conner. Ben Davis drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to center field. It was the longest game ever played at Athletic Park up to that point. Each team’s starting pitcher went the distance. Malicot struck out seven while walking four and allowing 11 Peoria hits to earn the win for Cedar Rapids. Paul Moore, who had played for Cedar Rapids in 1903 and 1904, took the loss for Peoria. He struck out 10 batters while allowing six walks and three hits. Ivan Howard hit a RBI double in the sixth inning to drive in the Bunnies first run in the game scoring Ben Davis who had broke up Moore’s no-hitter earlier in the inning.

The game also marked the Cedar Rapids debut of Monty Pfyl. Pfyl had made his MLB debut earlier in the season on July 30 for John McGraw (1891) and the New York Giants. Monty Pfyl is Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball’s version of Moonlight Graham from the movie Field of Dreams. Pfyl laid down a sacrifice bunt in his only MLB plate appearance and never had the chance to face major league pitching again. He was sent to Springfield in the Three-I League and then was traded to Cedar Rapids along with Bill Fox in exchange for Rusty Owens. Pfyl went on to play five more seasons on minor league ball playing for the Altoona Mountaineers – Tri State League (1908), Baltimore Orioles – Eastern League (1908), Stockton Millers – California League (1909), Oakland Oaks – Pacific Coast League (1910-11), and the Jersey City Skeeters – International League (1914).

The article talks a bit about the umpire and press becoming impatient due to the length of the game. It was completed in 2 hours and 45 minutes which would be considered a fairly short game by today’s standards.

The following article was published in the August 16, 1907 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the  held on August 15, 1907. The 1907 Cedar Rapids Bunnies featured seven players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Doc Crandall, Ivan Howard, Rebel Oakes, Monty Pfyl, Roy Radebaugh, Al Shaw and Mike Simon). The 1907 Cedar Rapids Bunnies finished fifth in the Three-I League with a record of 72-61 under manager Beldin Hill’s guidance.

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