May 2011

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 22, 1932

On May 22, 1932, Ernie Orsatti (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1925) went 2-4 at the plate with a HR and a double in the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Sportsman 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 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.

1934 St. Louis Cardinals

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 21, 1980

On May 21, 1980 Jim Dwyer (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1971) went 3-5 at the plate with a pair of home runs in the Boston Red Sox win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Dwyer had 4 RBI and scored two runs in the victory.

Jim Dwyer hit .260 with 77 HR and 349 RBi during his 18 year MLB career playing for the Cardinals, Expos, Mets, Giants, Red Sox, Orioles, and Twins. Dwyer was a member of the 1983 World Series Champion Orioles. He batted .375 including a HR in game 1 during the ’83 World Series.

Jim Dwyer hit .313 with 2 HR and 15 RBI in 58 games for the 1971 Cedar Rapids Cardinals. The Cardinals finished 67-53 under manager Bobby Dews.

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 20, 1966

On May 20, 1966, Mack Jones (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1959) went 2-3 with a pair a home runs in the Atlanta Braves 12-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. Jones had three RBI and scored three runs in the win.

Mack Jones hit .252 with 133 HR and 415 RBI during his 10 year MLB career playing for the Braves, Reds and Expos.

Jones hit .291 with 15 HR and 19 doubles for the 1959 Cedar Rapids Braves team that posted a mark of 53-73 under manager Alex Monchak.

1959 Cedar Rapids Braves

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 19, 1957

On May 19, 1957, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) went 4-4 with a HR, a RBI and scored two runs in the Cleveland Indians 6-3 loss to the New York Yankees.

Colavito hit .266 in his 14 year career playing for the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers and Yankees. Hitting all but three of his 374 career home runs in the AL, he ranked behind only Jimmie Foxx (524) and Harmon Killebrew (then at 397) among the league’s right-handed hitters when he retired. Colavito finished his career with 1159 RBI.

Rocky Colavito vs. Harmon Killebrew – Home Run Derby

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 18, 1982

On May 18, 1982, Larry Herndon (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1972) led the Detroit Tigers to a 11-9 win over the Oakland Athletics going 3-4 with three HR and seven RBI.

Larry Herndon hit .274 with 107 HR and 550 RBI during his 14 year MLB career playing for the Cardinals, Giants and Tigers. He was a member of the 1984 Detroit Tigers team that won the World Series.

Larry Herndon played briefly for the 1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals team that finished with a mark of 51-77 under manager Gary Geiger. Herndon hit .286 in seven games.

1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals

Tyler Kehrer rejoins Kernels

The Cedar Rapids Kernels and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announce that LHP Tyler Kehrer will join the Kernels from Extended Spring Training and that RHP Kevin Johnson has been promoted to Inland Empire. Abe Flores, Director of Player Development for the LA Angels, announced the moves on Tuesday.

The Angels selected Kehrer, 23, in the Supplemental first-round of the 2009 Free Agent Draft with the 48th overall pick out of Eastern Illinois University. He spent 2010 with the Kernels where he posted a 6-5 record and 4.56 ERA in 27 games (14 starts) with four save. In 116.1 IP, he allowed 106 hits and 72 runs (59 earned) with 70 walks and 108 strikeouts.

White Sox recall Dallas McPherson (2002) from AAA Charlotte

The White Sox placed 3B Mark Teahen on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Dallas McPherson (2002) was recalled to take his place on the roster. McPherson has enjoyed a solid season at Triple-A Charlotte, hitting .305 with a .366 on-base percentage and .824 OPS. He has three homers and 17 RBI through 31 games for the Knights. He last played in the big leagues in 2008 with the Florida Marlins before missing the 2009 season due to injury and spending the 2010 season with Sacramento (Oakland) in AAA.

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 17, 1964

On May 17, 1964, Bob Hendley (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958) led the San Francisco Giants to a 6-0 win over the New York Mets pitching a complete game shutout. Hendley struck out 5 batters while only allowing three hits and one walk in the win.

Bob Hendley finished his 7 year MLB career with a 48-52 record and a 3.97 ERA while playing for the Braves, Giants, Cubs and Mets.

Bob Hendley was part of the 1958 Three I League Championship team which finished with a 77-53 record under manager Alex Monchak. Hendley finished the season with a 14-5 record, a 2.81 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 157 innings of work.

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 16, 1989

On May 16, 1989, Kurt Stillwell (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1984) went 3-4 at the plate with two HR, four RBI and two runs scored in the Kansas City Royals 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Kurt Stillwell hit .249 with 34 HR and 310 RBI in his 9 season in Major League Baseball. Stillwell played for the Reds, Royals, Padres, Angels and Rangers. He was named to the 1988 All-Star team in his 1st season in the American League with the Royals.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 15, 2009

On May 15, 2009, Erick Aybar (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2003) went 3-5 with a double, triple and a HR in the Angels 10-8 loss to the Rangers. Aybar finished the game with two runs and 2 RBI.

Aybar hit .308 with six HR, ten triples, 57 RBI and stole 32 bases in 125 games for the 2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team finished in 10th place at 66-72 under manager Todd Claus.

Erick Aybar is currently the starting shortstop for the Angels.