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Ramon Ortiz (1997) signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays

Sprouting News LogoRamon Ortiz CubsRamon Ortiz (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1997) has signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invitation to spring training. Ortiz pitched for the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Triple-A) in 2012 posting a 13-6 record with a 3.45 E.R.A. in 27 starts.

Ramon Ortiz has posted a 86-84 record with a 4.93 ERA thus far during his 11 season MLB career playing for the Angels, Reds, Nationals, Twins, Rockies, Dodgers and Cubs.

Ramon Ortiz No-Hitter Box Score August 7 1997Ramon Ortiz was a member of the 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that finished 62-76 under manager Mario Mendoza. Ortiz posted a 11-10 record and a ERA of 3.58. He led the Kernels with 225 strikeouts in 181 innings of work. Ortiz had recorded the only Kernels no-hitter prior to the 2010 season when he shutdown Quad City on August 7, 1997. Ramon Ortiz pitched a complete game no-hitter against the Quad Cities River Bandits as the Kernels won 12-0 at John O’Donnell Stadium. Ortiz faced one over the minimum number of batters and struck out 14 without issuing a walk. The River Bandits managed just two base runners, each reaching by errors, in the contest. Rob Sasser, Shawn Wooten and Jeff Guiel each homered for the Kernels.

This following article was published in the August 8, 1997 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Quad Cities River Bandits held on August 7, 1997. The 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels featured five players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Ramon Ortiz, Brandon Puffer, Jerrod Riggan, Rob Sasser and Shawn Wooten).

1997 August 7 CR Gazette Ramon Ortiz No-hitter

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 – September 21, 1990 – Kal Daniels

On September 21, 1990, Kal Daniels (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) went 4-4 at the plate with a double, a RBI and scored three runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the San Francisco Giants 16-3 at Dodger Stadium.

Kal Daniels hit .285 with 104 HR and 360 RBI during his 7 year MLB career playing for the Reds, Dodgers and Cubs.

Kal Daniels was a member of the 1983 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished 76-64 under manager Bruce Kimm. The Reds were eliminated in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs by Springfield. Daniels hit .251 with 5 HR, 14 doubles and 28 RBI in 101 games for the Cedar Rapids Reds.

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.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 7, 1997 – Ramon Ortiz No-Hits Quad Cities. Kernels win 12-0

On August 7, 1997, Ramon Ortiz pitched a complete game no-hitter against the Quad Cities River Bandits as the Kernels won 12-0 at John O’Donnell Stadium. Ortiz faced one over the minimum number of batters and struck out 14 without issuing a walk. The River Bandits managed just two base runners, each reaching by errors, in the contest. Rob Sasser, Shawn Wooten and Jeff Guiel each homered for the Kernels.

Ramon Ortiz has compiled a 86-84 record in 11 MLB seasons pitching for the Angels, Reds, Nations, Twins, Rockies, Dodgers and Cubs. Ortiz posted a 1-2 mark with a 4.86 E.R.A. in 22 games for the Chicago Cubs in 2011. He has a 9-5 record with a 3.20 E.R.A. in 22 starts for the the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA) in 2012.

This following article was published in the August 8, 1997 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Quad Cities River Bandits held on August 7, 1997. The 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels featured five players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Ramon Ortiz, Brandon Puffer, Jerrod Riggan, Rob Sasser and Shawn Wooten). The 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels posted a 62-76 record under manager Mario Mendoza’s guidance.

This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 6, 1954 – Dick Drott wins CG, Art Pennington extends hitting streak to 12 games

On August 6, 1954, Dick Drott pitched a complete game to lead the Cedar Rapids Indians to a 5-1 victory snapping the Waterloo White Hawks seven game winning streak. Drott struck out seven batters while allowing one run on four hits and four walks to improve to 4-3 on the season. Art Pennington, the Indians power hitting outfielder, tallied a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Dick Drott went on to play for the Chicago Cubs and Houston Colt .45’s during his seven year MLB career. Drott compiled a 27-46 record with a 4.78 E.R.A. He finished third in the 1957 Rookie of Year voting posting a 15-11 record with 3 shutouts and a 3.58 E.R.A. during his rookie season.

Art Pennington, a long-time resident of Cedar Rapids, played for the 1953 and 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians squads. Pennington hit .345 with 16 HR in 1954. He had played for the Chicago American Giants and the Birmingham Black Barons in the Negro Leagues between 1941-45.

This following article was published in the August 7, 1954 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League contest against the Waterloo White Hawks held on August 6, 1954. The 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians featured three players who played in Major League baseball before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bob Anderson, Dick Drott and Al Unser). The 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians posted a 63-72 record under manager Billy Prince’s guidance.

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