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This date in Kernels alumni history – December 6, 2011 – Bengie Molina

On December 6, 2006, the San Francisco Giants signed free agent catcher Bengie Molina (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95) to a three year contract that will pay Molina $16.75M over the three year period.

Bengie Molina hit .274 with 144 HR and 711 RBI during his 13 year career playing for the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. Molina finished fourth in the 2000 Rookie of the year vote and won Gold Glove awards in 2002 and 2003. He played in two World Series (2002 and 2010) and won a championship with the Angels in 2002. He earned a Championship ring in the 2010 World Series even though he played in the series for the Rangers on the losing side. Molina was traded midseason from the championship Giants squad on July 1, 2010.

Bengie Molina was a member of the 1994 and 1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels squads. In 1994, Bengie Molina hit .281 with 3 HR, 8 doubles and 16 RBI in 48 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. Molina and the Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening round and then topped Rockford taking three of four games to win the 1994 Midwest League Championship. Molina returned in 1995 and hit .293 with 4 HR, 9 doubles and 17 RBI in 37 games before his promotion as the Kernels finished 76-62 under manager Tom Lawless.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 27, 2002 – John Lackey

On October 22, 2002,  John Lackey (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 2000) worked five innings while allowing one run to earn the win as the Angels defeated the Giants 4-1 in game seven of the 2002 World Series at Edison International Field. Lackey struck out three while allowing one walk and four hits.

John Lackey has posted a 128-94 record with a 4.10 ERA thus far during his 10 year MLB career playing for the Angels and Red Sox. Lackey will likely miss the 2012 season to undergo Tommy John surgery.

John Lackey posted a 3-2 record with a 2.08 ERA in five starts with the 2000 Cedar Rapids Kernels. The Kernels finished in 13th place with a record of 53-86 under managers Mitch Seone and Tyrone Boykin.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 22, 2002 – Ramon Ortiz

On October 22, 2002,  Ramon Ortiz (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 1997) worked five innings while allowing four runs to earn the win as the Angels defeated the Giants 10-4 in game three of the 2002 World Series at Pacific Bell Park. Ortiz struck out three while allowing four walks and five hits.

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 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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 20, 2002 – Reggie Sanders

On October 20, 2002, Reggie Sanders (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990) went 2-4 at the plate with a HR and three RBI as the San Francisco Giants fell to the Angels 11-10 in game two of the 2002 World Series.

Sanders HR is at the 1:45 mark of this video highlighting events from game 2 of the 2002 World Series.

Reggie Sanders hit .267 with 305 HR, 983 RBI and stole 304 bases during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. Sanders played in three World Series (2001, 2002, and 2004). He was part of the Diamondbacks championship squad in 2001.

Reggie Sanders hit .285 with 17 HR and 63 RBI for the 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds. The 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squad finished with a 88-46 record under manager Dave Miley. Quad Cities defeated them in the opening round of the MWL Playoffs.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 29, 2009 – Bengie Molina

On September 29, 2009, Bengie Molina (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95) went 4-5 at the plate with two HR and four RBI to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Bengie Molina hit .274 with 144 HR and 711 RBI during his 13 year career playing for the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. Molina finished fourth in the 2000 Rookie of the year vote and won Gold Glove awards in 2002 and 2003. He played in two World Series (2002 and 2010) and won a championship with the Angels in 2002.

Bengie Molina was a member of the 1994 and 1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels squads. In 1994, Bengie Molina hit .281 with 3 HR, 8 doubles and 16 RBI in 48 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. Molina and the Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening round and then topped Rockford taking three of four games to win the 1994 Midwest League Championship. Molina returned in 1995 and hit .293 with 4 HR, 9 doubles and 17 RBI in 37 games before his promotion as the Kernels finished 76-62 under manager Tom Lawless.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 27, 1980 – Rich Murray

On September 27, 1980, Rich Murray (Cedar Rapids Giants – 1976-77) went 2-4 at the plate with a HR as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 2-1.

Rich Murray hit .216 with 4 HR and 25 RBI during his 2 season MLB career with the Giants. Rich and his brother Eddie Murray (504 HR) are one of only two sets of brother to combine to hit more than 500 major league home runs. Tommie Aaron (Cedar Rapids Braves -1960) and his brother Hank Aaron are the other set of brother to achieve the feat. Tommie hit a total of 13 major league home runs, with eight of them coming in his first year of 1962, but along with his brother’s then Major League record 755 HR, they hold the Major League record for the most career home runs between two brothers (768).

Rich Murray was a member of the 1976 and 1977 Cedar Rapids Giants teams. Murray hit .264 with 6 HR as the Giants finished 78-53 under manager Salty Parker before losing to Quad Cities in the opening round of the Midwest League playoffs. The 1977 squad finished 74-66 under manager Jack Mull before falling to Burlington in the first round of the playofss. Murray hit .275 with 21 HR and led the team with 94 RBI  in 129 games for the Cedar Rapids Giants.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 20, 1987 – Kal Daniels

On September 20, 1987, Kal Daniels (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) went 4-4 at the plate with two HR, a double, three RBI and scored three runs as the Reds topped the San Francisco Giants 10-6.

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 16, 1984 – Chili Davis

On September 16, 1984, Chili Davis (Cedar Rapids Giants – 1978) went 4-5 at the plate with two HR and four RBI as the San Francisco Giants fell to the Atlanta Braves 7-5.

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, Royals and Yankees.

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 – September 14, 1986 – Bob Brenly

On September 14, 1986, Bob Brenly (1977) had a very unique day at the ballpark. Brenly tied the Major League record by committing four errors in an inning. He rebounded to go 3-5 at the plate with two home runs and four RBI including a walk off HR in the bottom of the ninth with two outs as the San Francisco Giants won 7-6 over the Atlanta Braves.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 7, 1958 – Dick Drott

On September 7, 1958,  Dick Drott (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1954) struck out ten batters while leading the Cubs to a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Drott allowed three hits and one walk in the victory.

Dick Drott posted a 27-46 record and a 4.78 E.R.A. during his seven year career playing for the Chicago Cubs and the Houston 45′s from 1957-1963.

Dick Drott was a member of the 1954 Cedar Rapids Raiders squad that posted a 63-72 record under the guidance of manager Bill Prince. Drott went 5-7 with a 4.50 E.R.A. in 23 games for the Raiders.

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