This date in Kernels alumni history – November 19, 2008 – Don Wakamatsu
On November 19, 2008, Don Wakamatsu (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1987) was hired by the Seattle Mariners and became the first Asian American manager in Major League history. The Mariners compiled a 127-147 record under Wakamatsu from 2009-2010.
Don Wakamatsu hit .226 in 18 games playing for the Chicago White Sox in 1991.
Don Wakamatsu was part of the 1987 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished 70-70 under manager Paul Kirsch. Wakamatsu hit .216 with seven HR and 41 RBI that year for the Reds in 103 games.