This date in Kernels history – May 19, 2005 – Sean Rodriguez
On May 19, 2005, Sean Rodriguez went 2-3 at the plate with a double, a HR, two RBI and scored a pair of runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 3-0. Rodriguez hit .250 with 29 doubles, 14 HR, 45 RBI and stole 27 bases in 124 games during the 2005 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes. Rodriguez was a member of the 2004 Kernels teams as well. He hit .250 with 4 HR, 17 RBI and stole 14 bases in 57 games.
Sean Rodriguez made his MLB debut on April 19, 2008 for the Los Angeles Angels. Rodriguez was acquired by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays along with Matt Sweeney (2007) and Alexander Torres in exchange for Scott Kazmir on August 29, 2009. Sean Rodriguez has hit .232 with 26 HR and 104 RBI over parts of five MLB seasons playing for the Angels and Rays. He is hitting .242 with 4 HR and 14 RBI in 42 games in 2012 for the Rays.
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.