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This date in Kernels history – August 19, 2007 – Mark Trumbo & Barret Browning

On August 19, 2007,  Mark Trumbo hit a HR in both games as the Cedar Rapids Kernels swept the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in a doubleheader. Trumbo went 1-4 and hit his 12th HR with one on in the first to give the Kernels an early lead as the Kernels won 5-4 in game one. He added his 13th HR of the season in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Stantrell Smith homered in the sixth and Barret Browning worked a scoreless seventh for his eighth save of the season as the Kernels took game two 3-1.

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. Trumbo hit .220 with 13 HR and 59 RBI for the 2006 Kernels squad which finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes.

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.

Mark Trumbo earned his first American League All-Star appearance in 2012. Trumbo is hitting .287 with 16 doubles, 29 HR (7th in the A.L.) and 75 RBI in 110 games for the Angels this season. Trumbo’s .548 slugging percentage is currently the sixth highest in the American League and he is tenth with 229 total bases.

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. He 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 his promotion. He has a 0-0 record with a 1.59 E.R.A. in six appearances out of the Cardinals bullpen. Browning has a 1-2 record with a 4.00 E.R.A. in 20 games out of the Cardinals bullpen. He has struck out ten while allowing 13 hits and eight runs in 18 innings of work.

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.

Former Cedar Rapids Cardinals manager Ron Plaza (1965-66) dies at 77

Ron Plaza, a Minor League roving instructor for the Oakland A’s, passed away Sunday at the age of 77 in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he had recently suffered a series of small strokes and was being treated at a rehab nursing home. Plaza had spent over 60 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager in the Cardinals, Reds and Athletics systems.

Ron Plaza managed the Cedar Rapids Cardinals in 1965 and 1966. The 1965 Cardinals set a Midwest League record by winning 17 consecutive games (July3-July19). Plaza’s 1966 squad held the best record in the Midwest League at 81-40. The Cardinals fell to Fox Cities in the Midwest League Championship Series (2-1).

Ron Plaza was named Florida State League manager of the year in 1967 and worked as a base coach for the Seattle Pilots in 1969. Plaza’s minor league playing career spanned 12 seasons including six at AAA. He was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 23, 2011 – Mike Napoli

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 catchers who have hit 20 or more HR each of the last four 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. The 2002 Kernels defeated Quad Cities before losing to Peoria in the semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Napoli hit .251 with 10 HR, 19 doubles and had 50 RBI in 103 games for Cedar Rapids in 2002.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 12, 1982 – Ted Simmons

On October 12, 1982, Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1967) went 2-5 at the plate with a solo HR off former teammate Bob Forsch (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1970-71) as Milwaukee Brewers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0 in game one of the 1982 World Series.

Ted Simmons, an eight-time All-Star hit .285 with 248 HR and 1389 RBI during his 21 year career playing for the Cardinals Brewers and Braves. Simmons retired with more career hits (2472) and more career doubles (483) than any catcher in the Hall of Fame. Simmons served as a member of the front office and field staff for the Pirates, Indians, Padres, Brewers and Mariners following his playing career. In 2011, he was a Senior Advisor to the General Manager for the Seattle Mariners.

Ted Simmons was a member of the 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals team that finished 53-67 under manager Jack Krol. Simmons hit .269 with 4 HR and 11 doubles in 47 games for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 9, 1934 – Ernie Orsatti

On October 9, 1934, Ernie Orsatti (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1925) went 1-3 at the plate with a pair of walks as St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers 11-0 at Navin Field in game seven of the 1934 World Series. Dizzy Dean pitched a complete game shutout to close out the series for the Cardinals.

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 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 – October 7, 2006 – Trevor Hoffman

On October 7, 2006,  Trevor Hoffman (Cedar Rapids Reds– 1991) struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to close out game three of the National League Divisional Series and earn the save as the San Diego Padres defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1.

Trevor Hoffman retired following the 2010 season after setting the MLB record 601 career saves. Hoffman posted a 61-75 record with a 2.87 ERA during his 18 year MLB career playing for the Marlins, Padres and Brewers. He struck out 1133 batters in 1089 1/3 innings of work in his 1035 games. The seven time MLB All-Star led the National League in saves twice and finished second in the Cy Young voting twice in his career.

Trevor Hoffman was 1-1 with a 1.87 ERA and 12 saves finishing 25 games for the 1991 Cedar Rapids Reds in his first season converting from shortstop to a pitcher. Hoffman struck out 52 batters in 33 2/3 innings of work prior to being promoted to Chattanooga. The Cedar Rapids Reds finished 66-74 under manager Frank Funk.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 26, 1983 – Bob Forsch

On September 26, 1983, Bob Forsch (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1970-71) pitched his second career no-hitter defeating the Expos 3-0. Forsch struck out six batters while allowing just two base runners in the game. He had thrown his first no-hitter April 16, 1978. Forsch’s no-hitters were the only ones ever thrown at Busch Memorial Stadium. There are only three other Cedar Rapids Alumni with major league no-hitters (Allie Reynolds-2, Jerry Reuss and Ervin Santana).

Bob Forsch posted a 168-136 record and a 3.76 E.R.A. during his 16 year career playing for the Cardinals and Astros. Forsch was a member of three World Series teams including the 1982 Cardinals championship squad. He won the Silver Slugger award in 1980 and 1987. Forsch has served as the pitching coach for the Billings Mustangs in the Reds minor league system from 2009-11.

Bob Forsch played for the 1970 and 1971 Cedar Rapids Cardinals squads. The 1970 team finished with a mark of 57-64 under manager Roy Majtyka. Forsch appeared in just a single game for the 1970 Cardinals. He returned in 1971 as the Cardinals went 67-53 under manager Bobby Dews. Forsch posted a 11-7 mark with a 3.13 E.R.A. in 23 starts. He struck out 134 batters in 158 innings of work.

September 26, 1983 – Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch watched the flight of the baseball during the 7th inning of his no-hitter against the Expos. (AP file photo)

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 25, 1980 – Ted Simmons

On September 25, 1980, Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1967) went 3-4 at the plate with two HR, six RBI, a walk and scored three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2.

Ted Simmons, an eight-time All-Star hit .285 with 248 HR and 1389 RBI during his 21 year career playing for the Cardinals Brewers and Braves. Simmons retired with more career hits (2472) and more career doubles (483) than any catcher in the Hall of Fame. Simmons served as a member of the front office and field staff for the Pirates, Indians, Padres, Brewers and Mariners following his playing career. In 2011, he was a Senior Advisor to the General Manager for the Seattle Mariners.

Ted Simmons was a member of the 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals team that finished 53-67 under manager Jack Krol. Simmons hit .269 with 4 HR and 11 doubles in 47 games for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 21, 1966 – Denis Menke

On September 21, 1966, Denis Menke (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958-59) went 2-3 at the plate with two HR and four RBI to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Denis Menke was named to two All-Star teams in 1969 and 1970 as member of the Houston Astros. He played in the post season twice in 1972 and 1973 with the Cincinnati Reds and hit a home run off Oakland’s Catfish Hunter in Game 5 of the 1972 World Series. In 13 major league seasons with the Braves, Reds and Astros, he has a career .250 average with 101 HR and 606 RBI. Following his playing career, he managed three minor league seasons with the Burlington Bees in 1977 and the Dunedin Blue Jays in 1978-79 and served as the Astros’ hitting coach for six seasons. Menke was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Denis Menke played two seasons (1958-59) with the Cedar Rapids Braves, posting a combined .254 average with nine HR and 31 RBI in 102 games. As a member of the 1958 Braves, he teamed with future major leaguers Bobby Knoop, Bob Hendley and Bob ‘Hawk’ Taylor and fellow Hall of Famer Horace Garner to defeat Davenport 3-2 and win the 1958 Three-I League championship.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 17, 1970 – Luis Melendez

On September 17, 1970, Luis Melendez (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1968) went 4-6 at the plate with two RBI and scored a pair of runs as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 9-2.

Luis Melendez hit .248 with 9 HR and 122 RBI during his 8 year career with the Cardinals and Padres. He managed in the Cardinals and Phillies minor league  systems following his MLB playing career.

Luis Melendez was a member of the 1968 Cedar Rapids Cardinals team that finished 63-53 under manager Jack Krol. Melendez hit .274 with 6 HR, 19 doubles and 120 hits in 113 games for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals.

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