Results tagged ‘ Cedar Rapids Raiders ’

Mike Trout (2009-10) finishes second in the American League MVP voting

Mike Trout (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2009-10) finished second in the American League MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1938) won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1948 and remains the only player to play professional baseball for Cedar Rapids to win the award. Trout was named the American League Rookie of the Year earlier this week.

Mike Trout hit .326 (2nd) with 27 doubles, 8 triples, 30 HR and 83 RBI in 139 games for the Angels in 2012. Trout led the American League with 49 stolen bases and 129 runs scored. He posted a .399 on base percentage and a .963 OPS while leading the league with a 10.7 WAR (Wins above replacement) and a 5.3 WPA (Win Probability Added).

Mike Trout hit .267 in 5 games for the 2009 Kernels squad late in the season. Trout returned to Cedar Rapids in 2010 where he hit .362 with 19 doubles,7 triples, 6 HR, 39 RBI and stole 45 bases in 81 games. He was named to the 2010 Midwest League All-Star game, played in the XM Futures Game in Anaheim and swept Midwest League post season awards winning the 2010 MWL batting title, MWL Player of the Year award and MWL Prospect of the year award. Trout became the youngest recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps Minor League Player of the Year in 2010. He earned Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year Award in 2011. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 82-56 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels lost to Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 28, 1951 – Cliff Mapes

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 27, 1946 – Pat Seerey

On September 27, 1946, Pat Seerey (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1942) went 2-4 at the plate with a pair of HR and 4 RBI as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 9-8 at Briggs Stadium.

Pat Seerey is one of only 16 major league players to hit four home runs in a game (July 18, 1948). Seerey went 4-6 at the plate with 4 HR, 7 RBI and a walk as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 12-11. Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) is also among the 16 players to accomplish the feat.

Pat Seerey hit .224 with 86 HR and 261 RBI during his seven year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox.

Pat Seerey 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. Seerey hit .302 with 33 HR in 117 games for Cedar Rapids that season.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 21, 1947 – Hank Edwards

On September 21, 1947, Hank Edwards (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1941) went 4-5 at the plate with a double, two RBI, scored three runs and walked as the Cleveland Indians defeated the St. Louis Browns 14-0 at League Park.

Hank Edwards hit .280 with 51 HR and 276 RBI during his 11 year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Browns. Edwards led the American League with 16 triples in 1946 while posting a .301 batting average (8th place in the A.L.) and knocking 10 HR for the Cleveland Indians.

Hank Edwards was part of the 1941 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 72-49 under manager Ollie Marquardt. The ’41 Raiders defeated Springfield in the opening round of the playoffs and then topped Decater in a five game series for the Three-I League Championship. Edwards hit .364 with 23 HR, 31 doubles and 10 triples in 121 games for the Raiders.

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Danny McDevitt (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1956)

Danny McDevitt was the 161st player to make his Major League debut from our list of 387 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. McDevitt made his big league debut at age 27 on June 17, 1957, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He posted a 7-4 record with a 3.25 E.R.A. during his rookie season. The Dodgers finished in third place with a 84-70 record under manager Walter Alston during their final season in Brooklyn. McDevitt will always be remembered for his performance on the mound during that last home game in Brooklyn at Ebbets Field, where he struck out nine Pirates and allowed just five hits in a complete-game, 2-0, Dodgers victory on Sept. 24, 1957.

Danny McDevitt posted a 21-27 record with a 4.40 ERA during his six year MLB career playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Athletics. McDevitt was the first player in Cedar Rapids history to play for the Minnesota Twins. He posted a 1-0 record with a 2.36 E.R.A. in 16 games mainly working out of the Twins bullpen in 1961 as the Twins finished in seventh place with a 70-90 record under the guidance of managers Cookie Lavagetto (23-36) and Sam Mele (47-54)

Danny McDevitt played for the 1956 Cedar Rapids Raiders squad that finished 44-76 under manager George Scherger. McDevitt went 5-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 120 innings of work.

Danny McDevitt passed away on November 20, 2010 at age 78 in Covington, Georgia.

 

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 17, 1949

On September 17, 1949, Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1938) went 4-5 at the plate with a RBI and scored a run as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Washington Senators 8-3 at Griffith Stadium.

Lou Boudreau hit .295 with 68 HR and 796 RBI in his 15 year career with the Indians and the Red Sox. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star Game selection, starting three times. He won the 1944 AL batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. He led AL shortstops in fielding eight times. Boudreau still holds the record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.

In 1948, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. Boudreau was the youngest man to ever manage a major league team. He won the most games as a  manager in Cleveland Indians history. Boudreau was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Lou Boudreau was part of the 1938 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 56-63 under manager Cap Crossley. Boudreau hit .290 with three HR that year for the Cedar Rapids club in 60 games.

This date in Kernels history – September 5, 2007 – Trevor Bell & Mark Trumbo

On September 5, 2007, Trevor Bell allowed one run in seven innings to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the Clinton Lumberkings 4-1 in the opening game of the best-of-three Midwest League playoff series. Bell struck out five while allowing three hits in the victory. Bell recorded 11 straight outs after allowing a first-inning double and then set down nine of the final 10 batters he faced. Mark Trumbo went 2-4 in the game with a double and a solo HR in the sixth inning that increased the Kernels lead to 3-1.

This was the first Kernels playoff game I got to enjoy as a member of the front office. Our 2005 and 2006 squads did not make a playoff appearance. The Kernels went on to make four straight playoff appearances from 2007-10. The streak tied our franchise record, which had been accomplished twice before with four year runs between 1939-42 (Cedar Rapids Raiders – Ollie Marquardt – 4, MGR) and 1994-97 (Cedar Rapids Kernels – Tom Lawless – 3, Mario Mendoza – 1, MGR).

Trevor Bell posted a 8-4 record with a 4.14 E.R.A. in 21 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2007. Bell struck out 90 batters in 115 1/3 innings of work. 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. Bell returned to Cedar Rapids in 2008 and posted a 1-0 mark with a 2.12 E.R.A. in 3 games striking out 13 batters in 17 innings of work.

Trevor Bell made his major league debut on August 12, 2009 with the Los Angeles Angels. Bell has compiled a 4-8 record with a 5.21 E.R.A. in 52 games over three seasons with the Angels. He had posted a 1-6 record with a 8.27 E.R.A. for the Salt Lake Bees before the Angels released him in late July.

Mark Trumbo hit .272 with 27 doubles, 14 HR and 76 RBI in 128 games during the 2007 season for the Kernels. 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 .273 with 16 doubles, 30 HR (7th in the A.L.) and 83 RBI in 124 games for the Angels this season.

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.

Josh Hamilton joins Pat Seerey (1942) and Rocky Colavito (1952) and 13 others with 4 HR in a single game.

Josh Hamilton hit his fourth HR of the game off former Cedar Rapids Kernels Darren O’Day (2006) tonight to join 15 other players in the history of baseball who have slugged four HR in a single game including two who played minor league baseball here in Cedar Rapids, Pat Seerey (1942) and Rocky Colavito (1952).

Pat Seerey 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. Seerey hit .302 with 33 HR in 117 games for Cedar Rapids that season.

Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the Cedar Rapids Indians.

Players with four HR in a game

Bobby Lowe 5/30/1894

Ed Delahanty 7/13/1896

Lou Gehrig 6/3/1932

Chuck Klein 7/10/1936

Pat Seerey 7/18/1948

Gil Hodges 8/31/1950

Joe Adcock 7/31/1954

Rocky Colavito 6/10/1959

Willie Mays 4/30/1961

Mike Schmidt 4/17/1976

Bob Horner 7/6/1986

Mark Whiten 9/7/1993

Mike Cameron 5/2/2002

Shawn Green 5/23/2002

Carlos Delgado 9/25/2003

Josh Hamilton 5/8/2012

This date in Kernels alumni history – April 23, 1947 Allie Reynolds

On April 23, 1947, Allie Reynolds (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1940-41) pitched a complete game shutout against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Reynolds struck out five batters while only allowing two hits as the Yankees won 3-0.

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.

Reynolds was part of the 1940 and 1941 Cedar Rapids Raiders teams. The 1940 Raiders squad finished 74-51. Cedar Rapids defeated Springfield (3-0) in the opening round and the topped Decatur (3-1) to win the Three-I League championship. Allie Reynolds posted a 12-7 record and a 3.59 ERA in 1940.

The 1941 Raiders finished 72-49 under manager Ollie Marquardt. Cedar Rapids defeated Springfield (3-1) in the opening round of the playoffs and then topped Decater (3-2) in a five game series for the Three-I League Championship. Allie Reynolds went 10-10 with a 4.63 ERA in 1941.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 27, 1950 – Lou Boudreau

On November 27, 1950, Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1938) signed a two-year deal with the Boston Red Sox for $150,000. Boudreau hit .267 and led the Red Sox to a 76-78 record in 1951. They improved to 84-69 in 1952 before finishing 69-85 in his final year managing the team in 1953. He later managed the Athletics and the Cubs.

Lou Boudreau hit .295 with 68 HR and 796 RBI in his 15 year career with the Indians and the Red Sox. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star Game selection, starting three times. He won the 1944 AL batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. He led AL shortstops in fielding eight times. Boudreau still holds the record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.

In 1948, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. Boudreau was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Lou Boudreau was part of the 1938 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 56-63 under manager Cap Crossley. Boudreau hit .290 with three HR that year for the CR club in 60 games.

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