On August 5, 2006, Darren O’Day struck out two in a scoreless inning to earn the win as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 4-3. O’Day posted a 3-1 mark with a 2.70 E.R.A. in 23 1/2 innings of work over 17 appearances.The Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes in 2006.
The Orioles claimed righty reliever Darren O’Day (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2006) off waivers from the Rangers last fall. O’Day, 29, had battled through injuries and posted a 0-1 record with a 5.40 E.R.A. in 2011. He joined the Rangers via an April 2009 waiver claim from the Mets. From that point through the end of the 2010 season, O’Day provided the Rangers a 1.99 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, and 0.61 HR/9 in 117 2/3 innings. He made an appearance in four of the 2010 World Series games.
Darren O’Day is 5-0 with a 2.68 E.R.A. in 45 games out of the Orioles bullpen in 2012. O’Day has struck out 43 batters in 43 2/3 innings of work.
On December 6, 2006, the San Francisco Giants signed free agent catcher Bengie Molina (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95) to a three year contract that will pay Molina $16.75M over the three year period.
Bengie Molina hit .274 with 144 HR and 711 RBI during his 13 year career playing for the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. Molina finished fourth in the 2000 Rookie of the year vote and won Gold Glove awards in 2002 and 2003. He played in two World Series (2002 and 2010) and won a championship with the Angels in 2002. He earned a Championship ring in the 2010 World Series even though he played in the series for the Rangers on the losing side. Molina was traded midseason from the championship Giants squad on July 1, 2010.
Bengie Molina was a member of the 1994 and 1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels squads. In 1994, Bengie Molina hit .281 with 3 HR, 8 doubles and 16 RBI in 48 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. Molina and the Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening round and then topped Rockford taking three of four games to win the 1994 Midwest League Championship. Molina returned in 1995 and hit .293 with 4 HR, 9 doubles and 17 RBI in 37 games before his promotion as the Kernels finished 76-62 under manager Tom Lawless.
The Orioles claimed righty reliever Darren O’Day (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2006) off waivers from the Rangers, the team announced. O’Day, 29, battled through injuries and posted a 0-1 record with a 5.40 E.R.A. in 2011.
O’Day joined the Rangers via an April 2009 waiver claim from the Mets. From that point through the end of the 2010 season, he provided the Rangers a 1.99 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, and 0.61 HR/9 in 117 2/3 innings. He made an appearance in four of the 2010 World Series games.
Darren O’Day was a member of the 2006 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes. O’Day went 3-1 with a 2.70 E.R.A. in 23 1/2 innings of work over 17 appearances.
On October 23, 2011, Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 2001-02) went 1-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and hit a three run HR in the 6th inning as the Texas Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in game four of the 2011 World Series at Rangers Ballpark. The HR was Napoli’s second of the series. He became the first catcher since 1982, Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals -1967), to hit a HR in game one of a World Series last Wednesday. Napoli is hitting .333 with seven RBI through four games of the series.
Mike Napoli has hit .264 with 122 HR and 324 RBI thus far during his six MLB seasons with the Angels and Rangers. He had a career best year in 2011, hitting .320 with 30 HR, 75 RBI and a OPS of 1.046 this season. Napoli is one of only two MLB catchers who have hit 20 or more HR each of the last four seasons (Brian McCann-ATL).
Mike Napoli was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. In 2001, the Kernels finished 60-77 under manager Tyrone Boykin. Napoli hit .232 with 5 HR and 18 RBI in 43 games for Cedar Rapids. In 2002, the Kernels posted a 81-58 mark under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 Kernels defeated Quad Cities before losing to Peoria in the semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Napoli hit .251 with 10 HR, 19 doubles and had 50 RBI in 103 games for Cedar Rapids in 2002.
On October 3, 1999, Jarrod Washburn (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 1995) worked 8 2/3 shutout innings to lead the Angels to a 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers on the final day of the season. Washburn struck out seven while allowing five hits in the victory.
Jarrod Washburn has posted a 107-109 record with a 4.10 ERA during his 12 year MLB career playing for the Angels, Mariners and Tigers.
Jarrod Washburn posted a 0-1 record with a 3.44 ERA and 20 strike outs in 18 1/3 innings of work for the 1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels team. The Kernels finished in 3rd place with a 76-62 record under manager Tom Lawless. Quad Cities defeated the Kernels in the opening round of the playoffs.
Jamie Burke hit .277 with 3 HR and 39 RBI during his 8 season MLB career playing for the Angels, White Sox, Mariners and Nationals.
Jamie Burke was a member of the 1994 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad. Burke hit .264 with 1 HR, 24 doubles and 47 RBI in 127 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. The Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening round and then topped Rockford taking three of four games to win the 1994 Midwest League Championship.
Jamie Burke returned to Cedar Rapids in 2012 as the Kernels manager during the final season of the Los Angeles Angels affiliation. Cedar Rapids finished with a 53-86 record.
Bob Kearney hit .233 with 27 HR and 133 RBI during his 8 season MLB career playing for the Giants, Athletics and Mariners.
Bob Kearney hit .270 with 1 HR and 15 RBI in 28 games for the 1978 Cedar Rapids Giants. The team finished with a record of 53-83 under manager Jack Mull.
Adrian Garrett hit .185 with 11 HR and 37 RBI during his 8 year MLB career playing for the Braves, Cubs, Athletics and Angels.
Adrian Garrett was a member of the 1962 Cedar Rapids Braves team that posted a mark of 58-66 under manager Ken Blackman during Cedar Rapids’ initial season of the Midwest League. Garrett hit .254 with 19 HR, 19 doubles and 87 RBI in 124 games for Cedar Rapids.
Chili Davis, a three-time all-star, finished his career with a .274 batting average, 350 HR and 1372 RBI during his 19 year career with the Giants, Angels, Royals and Yankees.
Chili Davis was a member of the 1978 Cedar Rapids Giants team that finished 53-82 under manager Jack Mull. Davis hit .281 with 16 HR and 73 RBI in 124 games for the Cedar Rapids Giants.
Howard Kendrick has a .291 batting average, 55 HR and 337 RBI in 734 games over seven seasons with the Angels. Kendrick was selected to the American league All-Star squad in 2011.
Howard Kendrick was a member of the 2004 Cedar Rapids Kernels team that finished with a record of 75-64 under manager Bobby Magallanes. The Kernels lost in the 1st round of the Midwest League playoffs to the Clinton Lumbkerkings. Kendrick finished the season with a franchise record .367 batting average and was awarded the Midwest League’s batting title (although 41 plate appearances shy of the minimum necessary to qualify, it was determined he would still have the leagues highest average if 41 at-bats were added to his totals, per Baseball Rule 10.23) In 75 games, he recorded 36 multi hit games and was named to the Midwest League Post-Season All-Star team and was a Midwest League All-Star Game selection. Kendrick is a member of the Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.