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This date in Kernels alumni history – December 11, 1992 – Chili Davis signs with the Angels

Sprouting News LogoChili Davis AngelsOn December 11, 1992, the California Angels signed Chili Davis (Cedar Rapids Giants – 1978) to a two year free agent contract that would pay him $5.3 million dollars for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. Davis was coming off a World Series championship season with the Minnesota Twins. This was his second stint with the Angels where he had played previously from 1988-1990.

Chili Davis, a three-time all-star, finished his career with a .274 batting average, 350 HR and 1372 RBI during his 19 year career with the Giants, Angels, Twins, Royals and Yankees. He won World Series titles with the Twins (1991) and Yankees (1998 and 1999). Davis served as the Oakland Athletics hitting coach in 2012.

Cedar Rapids GiantsChili Davis was a member of the 1978 Cedar Rapids Giants team that finished 53-82 under manager Jack Mull. Davis hit .281 with 16 HR and 73 RBI in 124 games for the Cedar Rapids Giants.

 

 

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This date in Kernels alumni history – November 26, 2012 – Cubs hire Rob Deer as assistant hitting coach

The Chicago Cubs have announced the hiring of Rob Deer (Cedar Rapids Giant – 1979) as their assistant hitting coach. Deer was a teammate of Cubs skipper Dale Sveum when each played for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986-90. Rob Deer hit .220 with 230 HR and 600 RBI during his 11 season career playing for the Giants, Brewers, Tigers, Red Sox and Padres.

Rob Deer hit .209 with 1 HR and 16 RBI in 29 games as the 1979 Cedar Rapids Giants finished 58-78 under manager Wayne Cato.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 2, 1993 – Chili Davis

On October 2, 1993, Chili Davis (Cedar Rapids Giants – 1978) went 2-4 at the plate with two HR and three RBI as the California Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-2 at Oakland-Almaeda County Coliseum.

Chili Davis, a three-time all-star, finished his career with a .274 batting average, 350 HR and 1372 RBI during his 19 year career with the Giants, Angels, Twins, Royals and Yankees. Davis currently serves as the Oakland Athletics hitting coach who clinched a playoff spot last night eliminating the Los Angeles Angels from playoff contention.

Chili Davis was a member of the 1978 Cedar Rapids Giants team that finished 53-82 under manager Jack Mull. Davis hit .281 with 16 HR and 73 RBI in 124 games for the Cedar Rapids Giants.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 2, 1992 – Chili Davis – Twins Edition

On October 2, 1992, Chili Davis (Cedar Rapids Giants – 1978) went 3-4 at the plate with two HR and four RBI as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-1 at Royals Stadium.

Chili Davis, a three-time all-star, finished his career with a .274 batting average, 350 HR and 1372 RBI during his 19 year career with the Giants, Angels, Twins, Royals and Yankees. Davis currently serves as the Oakland Athletics hitting coach who clinched a playoff spot last night eliminating the Los Angeles Angels from playoff contention.

Chili Davis was a member of the 1978 Cedar Rapids Giants team that finished 53-82 under manager Jack Mull. Davis hit .281 with 16 HR and 73 RBI in 124 games for the Cedar Rapids Giants.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 1, 1992 – Chili Davis – Twins Edition

On October 1, 1992, Chili Davis (Cedar Rapids Giants – 1978) went 2-3 at the plate with a double, a HR, two RBI and walked as the Minnesota Twins rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth led by his solo HR to get things started as they defeated the Chicago White Sox 9-6 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Chili Davis, a three-time all-star, finished his career with a .274 batting average, 350 HR and 1372 RBI during his 19 year career with the Giants, Angels, Twins, Royals and Yankees. Davis currently serves as the Oakland Athletics hitting coach.

Chili Davis remembers Jackie Robinson

Chili Davis was a member of the 1978 Cedar Rapids Giants team that finished 53-82 under manager Jack Mull. Davis hit .281 with 16 HR and 73 RBI in 124 games for the Cedar Rapids Giants.

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.

Cedar Rapids All Star Games – All-Time Cedar Rapids MWL All Star Selections

The Cedar Rapids Kernels closed out the first half with a four game winning streak. Three Kernels were selected to attend the 2012 Midwest League All-Star game that will be held tonight at Kane County. Kaleb Cowart, Ty Kelley and Stephen Tromblee will represent the West squad and the Kernels at the event. As our other players get a few days off, I will be writing / transcribing a few All-Star stories from our past.

My fourth All-Star installment in the series is a list of every player who has been selected to represent Cedar Rapids at the summer All-Star game. I am still working on the data from 1985-87. Apologies to the Cedar Rapids Reds fans for the data gap. Some reason the Cedar Rapids Gazette archives online are unavailable between 1985 and 1988. I was able to fill some of the gaps utilizing MWLGuide.com and our older programs in the Kernels Hall of Fame Collection. If anyone has the all-star rosters from 1985-87, I would appreciate updated info. Here is my best effort up to this point. 176 Midwest League All-Star selections and counting. Jeff Jones leads the way with three appearances (1980-82). Enjoy the game tonight.

1964 Cedar Rapids Red Raiders – 4 (Link Curtis – OF, Dick Rowe – OF, Bill Stinchcomb – P, Jim Garbeff -P)

1965 – No MWL All-Star game held

1966 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 3 (Ted Friel – P, Sal Campisi – P, Jose Arcia – 2B)

1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 3 (Bobby Cox – OF, Jim Gruber – 2B, Chuck Schoene – P)

1968 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 5 (Bob Bonalewicz – C, Bobby Diaz – 2B, Jesse DuBose – P, Luis Melendez – OF, Bob Chulupsa – P)

1969 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – No selections

1970 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1 (Rosario Llanos – P)

1971 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 6 (Hector Cruz – OF, Rob Sievers – 3B, Bob Forsch – P, Felix Roque – P, Ted Hemenway – P, Bruce Thompson – P)

1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1 (Tony Velazquez – P)

1973 Cedar Rapids Astros – 3 (Fred Mims – 1B, Romualdo Blanco – P, Elano Cuen – P)

1974 Cedar Rapids Astros – 1 (Luis Sanchez – P)

1975 Cedar Rapids Giants – 1 (Brian Felda – OF)

1976 Cedar Rapids Giants – 4 (Jeff Yurak – OF, Wayne Cato – C, Steve Watson – P, Jose Barrios – OF)

1977 Cedar Rapids Giants – 2 (Mark Kuecker – SS, Steve Sherman – P)

1978 Cedar Rapids Giants – 3 (Chili Davis – OF, Craig Hedrick – OF, Pat Alexander – P)

1979 Cedar Rapids Giants – 4 (Paul Plinski – 2B, Mark benson – OF, Johnny Rabb – 3B, Phil Sutton – SS)

1980 Cedar Rapids Reds – 6 (Jeff Jones – OF, Jose Mota – OF, Eski Viltz – SS, Frank DeJuilio – P, Mike Kripner – C, Larry Buckle – P)

1981 Cedar Rapids Reds – 6 (Jeff Jones – OF, Ken Scarpace – OF, Ray Corbett – C, Emil Drzayich – DH, Scot Ender – P, Brad Lesley – P)

1982 Cedar Rapids Reds – 5 (Jeff Jones – OF, Dave Hall – 3B, Freddie Toliver – P, Mark Rothey – P, Curt Heidenreich – P)

1983 Cedar Rapids Reds – 2 (Mike Knox – P, Louie Trujillo – P)

1984 Cedar Rapids Reds – 6 (Danny LaMar – C, Kurt Stillwell – 3B, Mike Manfre – INF, Jordan Berge – OF, Tim Dodd – P, Brian Funk – P)

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1988 Cedar Rapids Reds – 7 (Pete Beeler, Greg Lonigro, Bill Dodd, Jeff Forney, Butch Henry – P, Darrell Rodgers – P, Scott Scudder – P)

1989 Cedar Rapids Reds – 5 (Jeff Branson – SS, Adam Casillas – 1B, Benn Colvard – OF, Steve Foster – P, Chris Schnurbusch – INF)

1990 Cedar Rapids Reds – 7 (Ed Taubensee – C, Mike Mulvaney – 1B, Scott Bryant – OF, Reggie Sanders – OF, Dave McAuliffe – P, Victor Garcia – P, Mo Sanford – P)

1991 Cedar Rapids Reds – 3 (Eddie Rush – SS, Larry Luebbers – P, Mark Borcherding – P)

1992 Cedar Rapids Reds – 5 (Brian Koelling, Jon Fuller, Mike Ferry, Steve Gibralter, Kevin Riggs)

1993 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 4 (Tony Chavez, Chris Smith, Michael Wolff, Larry Hingle)

1994 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 5 (Willard Brown, Geoff Edsell, Brooks Drysdale, Tony Moeder, Derrin Doty)

1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 9 (Paul Failla, Aaron Iatarola, Greg Morris, Bengie Molina – C, John Donati, Michael Freehill, Dan Petroff, Deshawn Warren, Demond Smith)

1996 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 3 (Larry Barnes – 1B, David Davalillo, Jose Cintron)

1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1 (Rob Sasser – 3B)

1998 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 6 (Dwayne Dobson, Mark Harriger, Doug Nickle, Heath Timmerman, Adam Leggett, E.J. t’Hoen)

1999 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 4 (Jason Hill – C, Mike Christensen – 3B, Randy Duarte – P, Greg Jones – P)

2000 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2 (Sean Brummett – P, Phil Wilson – P)

2001 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 3 (Johnny Raburn – 2B, Zach Roper – INF, Joel Peralta – P)

2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 5 (Jeff Mathis – C, Steve Andrade – P, Dustin Griffith – P, Jon Rouwenhorst – P, Joe Torres – P)

2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 6 (Alberto Callaspo – 2B, Erick Aybar – SS, B.J. Weed – OF, Jared Abruzzo – C, Kevin Jepsen – P, Rich Thompson – P)

2004 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 8 (Matt Pali – 1B, Howard Kendrick – 2B, Matt Brown – 3B, Brandon Wood – SS, Bobby Wilson – C, Kevin Jepsen – P, Michel Simard – P, Bob Zimmerman – P)

2005 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 4 (Aaron Peel – OF, Freddy Sandoval – 3B, Bill Edwards – P, Rafael Rodriguez – P)

2006 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 4 (Jordan Renz – OF, Hainley Statia – SS, Nick Adenhart – P, Stephen Marek – P)

2007 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 6 (Hank Conger – C, Chris Pettit – OF, P.J. Phillips – SS, Matt Sweeney – 3B, Doug Brandt – P, Tim Schoeninger – P)

2008 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 4 (Efren Navarro – 1B, Michael Anton – P, Ryan Brasier – P, Trevor Reckling – P)

2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 6 (Alexi Amarista – 2B, Tyson Auer – OF, Mike Kohn – P, Manuel Flores – P, Tyler Chatwood – P, Ryan Chaffee – P)

2010 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 7 (Fabio Martinez – P, Garrett Richards – P, Mike Kenney – P, Tyler Skaggs – P, Mike Trout – OF, Casey Haerther – 1B, Jean Segura – 2B)


2011 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 3 (Travis Witherspoon – OF, Dakota Robinson – P, Max Russell – P)

2012 Cedar Rapids Kernels – 3 (Kaleb Cowart – 3B, Ty Kelley – P, Stephen Tromblee – P)

There have also been several Cedar Rapids Managers who have managed or coached at the Midwest League All-Star game. Here are the ones I have identified thus far.

Salty Parker (1976), Randy Davidson (1981), Jim Lett (1984), Dave Miley (1989 & 1990) each managed a Midwest League All-Star game. Rollie Hemsley (1964), Ron Plaza (1966), Roy Majtyka (1970), Bobby Dews (1971), Leo Posada (1973), Wayne Cato (1979) and Bruce Kimm (1983) all coached at the event.

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni and the MLB Amateur Draft

There have been many players who have come through Cedar Rapids since the first MLB amateur draft was held in 1965. The first player selected in the draft who would play in Cedar Rapids was Joe DiFabio, a pitcher from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 20th overall pick in the initial draft in 1965. DiFabio would pitch for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals in 1966 posting a 11-3 record with a 1.86 E.R.A. in 17 games.

Jerry Pruett was selected with the Cardinals fifth round pick in 1965 and joined DiFabio on the 1966 Cedar Rapids Cardinals squad. Pruett posted a 13-7 mark with a 2.85 E.R.A. in 23 starts. The team finished 81-40 in 1st place during the regular season under manager Ron Plaza. The Cedar Rapids Cardinals fell to Fox Cities 2 games to 1 in the Championship Series.

Terry Milani was selected in the second round out of Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Milani would play for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals in 1968 and 1969. He hit .244 wityh 5 HR in 1968 and returned in 1969 to hit .230.

The St. Louis Cardinals were more successful with their 1967 draft. They selected Ted Simmons with the 10th overall pick and followed that up selecting Jerry Reuss in the second round. Simmons and Reuss each arrived in Cedar Rapids during the second half of the season and went on to very successful All-Star careers with World Series appearances.

The highest selection to ever play for Cedar Rapids was Kurt Stillwell who was selected with the second overall pick in the 1983 draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Kurt Stillwell was part of the 1984 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished 4th with a mark of 75-63 under manager Jim Lett. Stillwell hit .251 with 4 HR, 33 RBI and stole 24 bases in 112 games.

A second Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alum, Eddie Williams, was selected with the fourth overall pick of that 1983 draft by the New York Mets. He was traded to the Reds on June 15, 1984 along with Matt Bullinger and Jay Tibbs in exchange for Bruce Berenyi. Eddie Williams was a member of the 1985 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished in 3rd place with a record of 78-61 under manager Jay Ward. Williams hit .261 with 20 HR in 199 games for the Cedar Rapids Reds.

The Giants selected Ted Barnicle eighth overall in 1975 and sent him to Cedar Rapids for the 1976 season. Barnicle pitched a complete game no-hitter against Dubuque on June 29, 1976.

In more recent years, the highest selection from the Angels to play in Cedar Rapids was Joe Torres who pitched for the Kernels during the 2001, 2002 and 2005 seasons. Torres was the 10th overall pick in the 2000 draft. He continues to pitch in the Colorado Rockies organization but has yet to reach the big leagues.

Several other Angels first round selections have played in Cedar Rapids during our affiliation. Casey Kotchman (2001-13th overall), Joe Saunders (2002-12th overall), Brandon Wood (2003-23rd overall), Trevor Bell (2005-37th overall), Hank Conger (2006-25th overall), Randal Grichuk (2009-24th overall), Mike Trout (2009-25th overall), Tyler Skaggs (2009-40th overall), Garrett Richards (2009-42nd overall) and Tyler Kehrer (2009-48th overall) in recent seasons.

Kaleb Cowart (2010-18th overall), Cameron Bedrosian (2010-29th overall) and Chevez Clarke (2010 -30th overall) have been playing for the 2012 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 14, 2011 – Mark Trumbo

On November 14, 2011, Mark Trumbo (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2006-07) finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays today. 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.

The runner-up finish is the highest place a Cedar Rapids alumni has finished in the American League voting. Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) is the only former Cedar Rapids Alumni to win the National League Rookie of the Year award – 1988. Trumbo joins Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) (American League 1956) and Ron Hunt (Cedar Rapids Braves 1960-61) (National League 1963) as the only Rookie of the year runner-ups in Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni history.

Rookie of the Year Finishes by Cedar Rapids Alumni

Rocky Colavito     2nd   AL   1956   Cedar Rapids Indians (1952)

Dick Drott               3rd   NL   1957   Cedar Rapids Raiders (1954)

Ron Hunt                 2nd   NL   1963   Cedar Rapids Braves (1960-61)

Hector Cruz            3rd   NL   1976    Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1970-72)

Chili Davis               4th   NL   1982   Cedar Rapids Giants (1978)

Chris Sabo               1st    NL   1988   Cedar Rapids Reds (1983)

Reggie Sanders      4th   NL   1992   Cedar Rapids Reds (1990)

Bill Risley                 4th   AL   1994   Cedar Rapids Reds (1989-90)

Jason Dickson        3rd   AL   1997   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1995)

Bengie Molina         4th   AL   2000   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1994-95)

John Lackey            4th   AL   2002   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2000)

Mark Trumbo          2nd   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2006-07)

Jordan Walden        7th   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2008)

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 9, 2004 – Bob Brenly

On November 9, 2004, Bob Brenly (1977) was hired by the Chicago Cubs to broadcast their games on WGN replacing longtime fixture Steve Stone in the booth.

Bob Brenly (Cedar Rapids Hall of Fame class of 2011) is a former catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. The burly right-hander was signed by the San Francisco Giants as a third baseman out of Ohio University (where he tied Mike Schmidt’s single-season HR record), then switched to catcher in 1979, his fourth pro season. He played for the Cedar Rapids Giants in 1977, hitting .271 with 22 HR and 73 RBI in 136 games. Brenly won the Giants’ starting catching job in 1984, hitting .291 with 20 HR and 80 RBI. In game four of the 1987 NLCS he homered off the Cardinals’ Danny Cox.

Bob Brenly was selected to manage the Arizona Diamondbacks in October of 2000. He led the team to the World Series Championship in his 1st season at the helm in 2001 as the Diamondbacks defeated the Yankees in 7 games in 2001. The Diamondbacks repeated as N.L. West Champs again in 2002 with a 98-64 record. Brenly finished his four year managing career with a 303-262 mark. He is currently the color commentator for Chicago Cubs baseball on WGN and Comcast SportsNet.

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