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Kernels introduce Minnesota Twins as MLB affiliate

The Cedar Rapids Kernels are pleased to announce the signing of a four-year player development contract (PDC) with the Minnesota Twins. The contract will run through the end of the 2016 season.

“The entire Twins organization is thrilled to join into partnership with the Cedar Rapids Kernels and we look forward to working with the Kernels organization on the field and in the community,” said Jim Rantz, Sr. Director of Minor Leagues with the Twins.

“The Kernels have an outstanding reputation throughout professional baseball and the Twins are excited to bring our players and staff to Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium for the 2013 season. We are confident that this relationship will grow into one of the strongest affiliations in minor league baseball.”

Kernels President Gary Keoppel said, “We are very excited to begin a new chapter in Kernels baseball with our agreement with the Twins. Our fans have expressed their desires for an affiliation with a Midwest team and now that has happened.”

The announcement took place at a press conference at Perfect Game Field. In addition to Rantz, Bill Smith, Assistant to the President and GM; and Brad Steil, Director of Baseball Operations represented the Twins organization.

The announcement ends a 20-year partnership with the Los Angeles Angels that saw 89 players come through Cedar Rapids on their way to playing in the bigs and one MLB player made a rehab start (Ken Hill – 1998). There were 11 All-Star appearances made by those 89 players that appeared in Cedar Rapids between 1993 and 2012 at this point including a trio this season. (Mike Napoli, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo)


There have been 12 players who have played in Cedar Rapids throughout the years who have gone on to play for the Minnesota Twins since they moved from Washington in 1960. We had 9 players play for the franchise at its original home in Washington to bring the overall franchise total to 21 players to the best of my knowledge. Danny McDevitt (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1956) was the first Cedar Rapids player to appear in a game for the Twins. McDevitt worked out of the Twins bullpen in 1961. John Roseboro (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955) was our only player to appear in a MLB All-Star game as a Twin (1969). The 1988 season saw three former Cedar Rapids players; Jim Dwyer (CR Cardinals – 1971), Les Straker (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1980) and Freddie Toliver (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) play for the Twins, the highest total of former Cedar Rapids alumni to be on the Twins roster in the same season. Alexi Casilla (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2004-05) has the longest tenure of any former Cedar Rapids player with seven seasons playing for the Twins with Phil Roof (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1960) coming in second with six seasons with the Twins.

The list of Cedar Rapids alumni who have played for the Minnesota Twins

Danny McDevitt (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1956) – 1961

John Roseboro (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955) – 1968-69

Phil Roof (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1960) – 1970-76

Sal Campisi (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1966) – 1971

Les Straker (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1980) – 1987-88

Jim Dwyer (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1971) – 1988-89

Freddie Toliver (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) – 1988-89

Chili Davis (Cedar Rapids Giants – 1978) – 1991-92

Mo Sanford (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990) – 1995

Kevin Jarvis (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1992) – 1997

Ramon Ortiz (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1997) – 2007

Alexi Casilla (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2004-05) 2006-12

Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike Trout (2009-10) and Mark Trumbo (2006-07) bring CR Alumni MLB All Star selections to 85.

Major League Baseball released the rosters for the 83rd annual MLB All-Star game today. Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike Trout (2009-10) and Mark Trumbo (2001-02) have been selected to the American League squad with Napoli getting the start behind the plate. The trio of Kernels alum bring the total number of MLB All-Star selections made by Cedar Rapids professi0nal baseball alumni to 85. 33 different Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni have been selected to the All-Star game rosters. This is the fifth time there has been three Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni players selected to the same All-Star game (2012, 2007, 1991, 1984 and 1966). We have never had more than three appear in the same season. Lou Boudreau was our first All-Star and made six straight All-Star teams between 1940-45, the longest such streak by a Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni.

Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders -1938) and Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1967) lead the way with eight selections each. Trevor Hoffman (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1991) earned seven All-Star selections, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) and Allie Reynolds (1940-41) made six appearances, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) was selected five times and John Roseboro (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955) made four appearances at the mid season classic.

Here is the full list of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have been selected to the All-Star game rosters. The year following their name designates their season or seasons they played in Cedar Rapids.

2012 – Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike Trout (2009-10), Mark Trumbo (2006-07)

2011 – Howard Kendrick (2004), Jordan Walden (2008)

2010 –

2009 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

2008 – Ervin Santana (2002), Joe Saunders (2002)

2007 – Trevor Hoffman (1991), Bobby Jenks (2001), John Lackey (2000)

2006 -Trevor Hoffman (1991), Bobby Jenks (2001)

2005 –

2004 –

2003 –

2002 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

2001 –

2000 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

1999 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

1998 – Trevor Hoffman (1991), Paul O’Neill (1982)

1997 – Jason Dickson (1995), Paul O’Neill (1982)

1996 –

1995 – Paul O’Neill (1982), Reggie Sanders (1990)

1994 – Chili Davis (1978), Paul O’Neill (1982)

1993 –

1992 –

1991 – Rob Dibble (1985), Paul O’Neill (1982), Chris Sabo (1983)

1990 – Rob Dibble (1985), Chris Sabo (1983)

1989 – Eric Davis (1982)

1988 – Chris Sabo (1983), Kurt Stillwell (1984)

1987 – Eric Davis (1982)

1986 – Chili Davis (1978)

1985 –

1984 – Bob Brenly (1977), Chili Davis (1978), Jerry Mumphrey (1972)

1983 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1982 –

1981 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1980 – Ken Reitz (1969), Jerry Reuss (1967)

1979 – Joe Sambito (1973), Ted Simmons (1967)

1978 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1977 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1976 –

1975 – Jerry Reuss (1967)

1974 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1973 – Nate Colbert (1965), Ted Simmons (1967)

1972 – Nate Colbert (1965), Ted Simmons (1967)

1971 – Nate Colbert (1965),

1970 – Denis Menke (1958-59)

1969 – Denis Menke (1958-59), John Roseboro (1955)

1968 –

1967 –

1966 – Rocky Colavito (1952), Ron Hunt (1960-61), Bobby Knoop (1958)

1965 – Rocky Colavito (1952)

1964 – Rocky Colavito (1952), Ron Hunt (1960-61)

1963 –

1962 – Rocky Colavito (1952), John Roseboro (1955)

1961 – Rocky Colavito (1952), John Roseboro (1955)

1960 – Bud Daley (1952)

1959 – Rocky Colavito (1952), Bud Daley (1952)

1958 – Ray Narleski (1950), John Roseboro (1955)

1957 –

1956 – Ray Narleski (1950)

1955 –

1954 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1953 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1952 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1951 –

1950 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1949 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1948 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1947 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1946 –

1945 – Lou Boudreau (1938), Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1944 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1943 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1942 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1941 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1940 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1939 –

1938 –

1937 –

1936 –

1935 –

1934 –

1933 –

Erick Aybar (2003) earns first Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Erick Aybar (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2003) won the American League Rawlings Gold Glove at shortstop last night. He is the sixth former Cedar Rapids professional baseball alum to win a Gold Glove joining Bengie Molina x2 (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95), Eric Davis x3 (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982), Ken Reitz (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1969), Bobby Knoop x3 (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958) and John Roseboro x2 (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955). In 2011, Aybar tied for third among AL shortstops with a .980 fielding percentage. He topped the AL with the most double plays turned by an AL shortstop this season (102) and set career-highs in total chances (659) and assists (459).

Erick Aybar hit .308 with six HR, 10 triples, 57 RBI and stole 32 bases in 125 games for the 2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team finished in 10th place at 66-72 under manager Todd Claus.

Cedar Rapids Alumni who have won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

2011 Erick Aybar  American League SS  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 2003)

2003 Bengie Molina  American League C  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)

2002 Bengie Molina  American League C  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)

1989 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1988 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1987 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1975 Ken Reitz  National League 3B  (Cedar Rapids Cardinals 1969)

1968 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1967 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1966 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1966 John Roseboro National League  C  (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955)

1961 John Roseboro National League C  (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955)

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 12, 1963 – John Roseboro

On September 12, 1963, John Roseboro (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955) went 2-4 at the plate with a HR and five RBI to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field.

John Roseboro won two gold gloves and was selected to the major league all-star squads four times during his 14 year MLB career playing for the Dodgers, Twins and Senators. Roseboro hit .249 with 104 HR and 548 RBI.

John Roseboro hit .235 with 5 HR in 55 games for the 1955 Cedar Rapids Raiders. The team finished with a record of 49-77 under manager Ray Perry.

This date in Kernels alumni history – June 3, 1959

On June 3, 1959, John Roseboro (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955) went 2-4 at the plate with a pair of HR to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field. Roseboro gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the top of the second. He then broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run shot in the top of the 6th.

John Roseboro won two gold gloves and was selected to the National League all-star squad four times during his 14 year MLB career playing for the Dodgers, Twins and Senators. Roseboro hit .249 with 104 HR and 548 RBI.

John Roseboro hit .235 with 5 HR in 55 games for the 1955 Cedar Rapids Raiders. The team finished with a record of 49-77 under manager Ray Perry.