This date in Kernels alumni history – July 23, 2008 – Jeff Mathis (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002)

Update since last year – Jeff Mathis has hit for a .197 batting average with 31 HR and 147 RBI during his eight seasons with the Angels and Blue Jays. The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Mathis in exchange for pitcher Brad Mills prior to the 2012 season. Mathis has hit .250 with 5 HR and 8 RBI in 29 games in 2012.

Jeff Mathis is a member of the Cedar Rapids professional baseball Hall of Fame.

The Sprouting News

On July 23, 2008, Jeff Mathis (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) went 4-5 at the plate with a HR, 6 RBI and a double as the Angels defeated the Indians 14-11.

Jeff Mathis has hit for a .197 batting average with 25 HR and 129 RBI during his seven seasons with the Angels. Mathis hit .534 during the 2009 post season with five doubles in seven games. He drove in the game-winning run with a walk-off double in the 11th inning of game 3 of the LCS.

Jeff Mathis was a member of the 2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels team that finished the regular season with a 81-58 mark before losing to Peoria in the semi-finals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Mathis hit .287 with 41 doubles, 10 HR and 73 RBI in 128 games for Cedar Rapids.

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