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P.J. Phillips (2007) has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Sprouting News LogoPJ PhillipsP.J. Phillips (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2007) has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Phillips hit .245 with 11 doubles, 13 HR, 37 RBI and stole 34 bases in 119 games during the 2007 season for the Kernels. Phillips was selected to play in the 2007 Midwest League All-Star game. 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.

P.J. Phillips was signed by the Cincinnati Reds prior to the 2012 season after being released by the Angels after six seasons. Phillips hit .198 with 2 HR, 15 RBI and stole 5 bases in 68 games playing for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double-A) and appeared in four games for the Louisville Bats (Triple-A) in 2012.

Kernels release 2011 Opening Day roster

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 – October 3, 1995 – Jeff Branson

On October 3, 1995, Jeff Branson (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1989-90) went 2-3 at the plate with a double, two RBI and walked in the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in the opening game of the National League Division Series. The Reds swept the Dodgers before losing to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS.

Jeff Branson hit .246 with 34 HR and 156 RBI during his 9 year MLB career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jeff Branson played for the 1989 and 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squads. In 1989, Branson hit .281 with 10 HR and 68 RBI in 127 games as the Reds finished 80-57 under manager Dave Miley. The 1989 Cedar Rapids Reds lost to Springfield in the opening round of the playoffs. In 1990, Branson hit .251 with 6 HR and 24 RBI in 62 games and the team finished with a 88-46 mark under manager Dave Miley. The 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squad lost to the Quad Cities team in the opening round.

Jeff Branson served as the hitting coach for the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the last few seasons.

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 30, 1988 – Paul O’Neill

On September 30, 1988, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 2-4 at the plate with two HR and four RBI as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-7 at Riverfront Stadium.

Paul O’Neill hit .288 with 281 HR and 1269 RBI during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Reds and Yankees. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 batting average. O’Neill was selected to five All-Star teams and was a member of six World Series teams earning five championship rings.

Paul O’Neill hit .272 with 8 HR and 71 RBI in 116 games as the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds finished 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 25, 1929 – Ernie Orsatti

On September 25, 1929, Ernie Orsatti (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1925) went 3-4 at the plate with three RBI and scored a pair of runs as St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 at Sportman’s Park.

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 – September 25, 1991 – Chris Sabo

On September 25, 1991, Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990) went 3-3 at the plate with a HR, four RBI, a walk and stole a base as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Atlanta Braves 10-9 in 10 innings in game two of a doubleheader at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Chris Sabo, the 1988 N.L. Rookie of the year and a three-time all-star, hit .268 with 166 HR and 426 RBI during his nine year MLB career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Sabo batted .563 with 2 HR as the Reds won the 1990 World Series.

Chris Sabo hit .274 with 12 HR in 77 games for the 1983 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished with a mark of 76-64 under manager Bruce Kimm’s guidance. The Reds fell in the opening round of the playoffs to Springfield.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 23, 1989 – Paul O’Neill

On September 23, 1989, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) went 2-5 at the plate with a double and four RBI as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Atlanta Braves 11-5 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Paul O’Neill hit .288 with 281 HR and 1269 RBI during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Reds and Yankees. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 batting average. O’Neill was selected to five All-Star teams and was a member of six World Series teams earning five championship rings.

Paul O’Neill hit .272 with 8 HR and 71 RBI in 116 games as the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds finished 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson.

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 – Bill Whitrock (Cedar Rapids Canaries -1891)

Bill Whitrock was the third player to make his Major League debut from our list of 384 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. Whitrock played in the major league both before and after playing in Cedar Rapids. He made his big league debut on May 3, 1890 at the age of 20, playing for the St. Louis Browns. Whitrock posted a 5-6 record with a 3.51 E.R.A. in 16 games that season. He struck out 39 batters in 105 innings of work.

Bill Whitrock played for the Cedar Rapids Canaries the following season in 1891. Whitlock went 5-6 with a 0.90 E.R.A. in 11 starts for the Canaries who finished 41-47 under managers James Plumb and John Godar. The Canaries’ season ended early as the Illinois-Iowa League folded as franchises continued to falter throughout the season.

Whitrock returned to the big leagues with the Louisville Colonels (1883-84), Cincinnati Reds (1884) and the Philadelphia Phillies in 1896. He compiled a 9-19 record with a 5.35 E.R.A. over four big league seasons.

Bill Whitlock played nine seasons posting a 61-89 record with a 2.58 E.R.A. between 1890-1900. Whitlock played his final season with the Derby Angels in 1900. He retired there where he worked at a Main Street restaurant and at the Robert N. Bassett Company in Shelton. Whitlock passed away suddenly on July 26, 1935 at the age of 65.

The first article is from the July 23, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It talks about the Davenport club failing and the effect it had on the rest of the league. Midway through the article, the story talks of a new battery joining the club as Bill Whitlock was set to join the team shortly.

The second article is from the August 29, 1891 edition of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. It tells the story of the Illinois-Iowa League folding as a result of the Ottawa and Ottumwa organizations disbanding midseason leaving Cedar Rapids without opponents to continue its season. Cedar Rapids would not field another team until the 1895 season when they joined the Eastern Iowa League.

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