This date in Kernels alumni history – October 15, 2005 – Casey Kotchman
On October 15, 2005, Casey Kotchman (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) went 2-4 at the plate with a double and a RBI as Angels fell to the White Sox 8-2 in game four of the 2005 American League Championship Series.
Casey Kotchman has hit .268 with 59 HR and 332 RBI during his eight year MLB career playing for the Angels, Braves, Red Sox, Mariners and Rays. Kotchman hit .306 with 10 HR and 48 RBI for the Rays in 2011 to help them earn the wild card on the final day of the season.
Casey Kotchman was a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that opened New Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2002. Kotchman hit .281 with 5 HR, 30 doubles and 50 RBI in 81 games as the Kernels finished 81-58 under manager Todd Clauss defeating Quad Cities in the opening round and then losing to Peoria in the semi finals of the Midwest League playoffs.