This date in Kernels history – July 19, 2005 – Sean Rodriguez
On July 19, 2005, Sean Rodriguez went 2-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBI as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 10-6. 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 .227 with 28 HR and 117 RBI over parts of five MLB seasons playing for the Angels and Rays. He is hitting .221 with 6 HR and 27 RBI in 85 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.