This date in Kernels history – April 24, 2007 – Mark Trumbo
On April 24, 2007, Mark Trumbo went 1-4 at the plate hitting his first HR of the season off Dodgers phenom Clayton Kershaw as the Kernels fell to the Great Lakes Loons 2-1 on the road. Mark Trumbo hit .272 with 27 doubles, 14 HR and 76 RBI in 128 games during the 2007 season for the Kernels. 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. Trumbo hit .220 with 13 HR and 59 RBI for the 2006 Kernels squad which finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes.
Mark Trumbo finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. Trumbo collected five first place votes and finished with 63 points compared to Hellickson’s 17 first place votes and 102 points. Trumbo led the Angels in HR and RBI. He finished the year hitting .254 with 29 HR and 87 RBI.
This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.