This date in Kernels alumni history – September 6, 2007 – Casey Kotchman (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002)
Casey Kotchman has hit .262 with 71 HR and 380 RBI during his nine year MLB career playing for the Angels, Braves, Red Sox, Mariners, Rays and Indians. Kotchman is hitting .228 with 12 HR and 48 RBI thus far in the season for the Indians in 2012.
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.