Cedar Rapids Kernels

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Cedar Rapids Kernels
Founded in 1890
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
CedarRapidsKernelsLogo.PNG CedarRapidsKernelsCapLogo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current
Single-A (1934–1937, 1962–present)
Previous

Class B (1896–1899, 1902–1909, 1920–1921, 1938–1942, 1950–1961)
Class C (1949)

Class D (1901, 1913–1917, 1922–1932)
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (1962–present)
Division Western Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Current Minnesota Twins (2013–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (13)
  • 1897
  • 1906
  • 1922
  • 1925
  • 1930
  • 1937
  • 1940
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1958
  • 1988
  • 1992
  • 1994
Team data
Nickname Cedar Rapids Kernels (1993–present)
Previous names
  • Cedar Rapids Reds (1980–1992)
  • Cedar Rapids Giants (1975–1979)
  • Cedar Rapids Astros (1973–1974)
  • Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1965–1972)
  • Cedar Rapids Red Raiders (1963–1964)
  • Cedar Rapids Braves (1958–1962)
  • Cedar Rapids Raiders (1953–1957)
  • Cedar Rapids Indians (1950–1952)
  • Cedar Rapids Rockets (1949)
  • Cedar Rapids Raiders (1934–1942)
  • Cedar Rapids Bunnies (1904–1932)
  • Cedar Rapids Rabbits (1896–1903)
  • Cedar Rapids Canaries (1890–1891)
Colors Navy, Kelly Green, White, Red, Yellow
                        
Ballpark Veterans Memorial Stadium (2002–present)
Previous parks
The original Veterans Memorial Stadium (1949–2001)
Belden Hill Park (E Avenue and 13th Street)(1913-1942)[1]
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Cedar Rapids Ball Club, Inc.
Manager Jake Mauer
General Manager Doug Nelson

The Cedar Rapids Kernels are a Class A minor league baseball team based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The team is affiliated with the Minnesota Twins and plays in the Midwest League. The Kernels are owned by Cedar Rapids Ball Club, Inc. (also known as Cedar Rapids Baseball Club, Inc.).[2][3][4]

Cedar Rapids baseball history[edit]

Cedar Rapids first began play in 1890 and have played 110 seasons through 2015. The franchise has been a member of various leagues preceding the Midwest League. They have been a member of the Central Association (1949), Western League (1934–1937), Mississippi Valley League (1922–1932),Central Association (1913–1917), Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (1901–1909, 1920–1921, 1938–1942, 1950–1961), Western Association (1896–1899), Eastern Iowa League (1895) and the Illinois–Iowa League (1890–1891).[5] The team also had numbeous nicknames prior to joining the Midwest League: Cedar Rapids Braves (1958–1962), Cedar Rapids Raiders (1953–1957), Cedar Rapids Indians (1950–1952), Cedar Rapids Rockets (1949), Cedar Rapids Raiders (1934–1942), Cedar Rapids Bunnies (1904–1932), Cedar Rapids Rabbits (1896–1903) and Cedar Rapids Canaries (1890–1891).[6]

When Cedar Rapids was awarded a Midwest League franchise in 1962, the franchise switched back to the Red Raiders (1962–1964) nickname. Subsequently, the team used the name of the major league franchise it affiliated with: the Cardinals (1965–1972), the Astros (1973–1974), the Giants (1975–1979), and the Reds (1980–1992). The team adopted the current "Kernels" nickname before the 1993 season. On the field, the franchise won Midwest League championships in 1988, 1992, and 1994.

Ballpark[edit]

The team's first home ballpark was Belden Hill Park,[7] followed by the original Veterans Memorial Stadium,[8] which opened in 1949. In August 2000 voters approved a referendum to build a new ballpark adjacent to the old one, which was demolished after the 2001 season. The new Veterans Memorial Stadium was completed in time for the opening of the 2002 season, and the Kernels set a franchise attendance record of 196,066 in the new park's inaugural year.

Roster[edit]

Cedar Rapids Kernels roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 31 Mat Batts
  • 21 Brandon Bixler Injury icon 2.svg
  • 25 Cameron Booser
  • 38 Hudson Boyd ‡
  • 30 Michael Cederoth
  • 11 Samuel Clay
  • 45 John Curtiss
  • 47 Stephen Gonsalves
  • 35 Trevor Hildenberger
  • 17 C. K. Irby
  •  7 Felix Jorge
  • -- Yorman Landa Injury icon 2.svg
  • 15 Randy LeBlanc
  • 27 Chris Mazza Injury icon 2.svg
  • 44 Fernando Romero Injury icon 2.svg
  • -- Randy Rosario Injury icon 2.svg
  • 43 Michael Theofanopoulos
  • 33 Lewis Thorpe Injury icon 2.svg
  • 46 Zach Tillery
  • 20 Jared Wilson

Catchers

  • 32 Jorge Fernandez
  • 21 Brian Navarretoa

Infielders

  •  5 Nick Gordon
  •  4 Jonatan Hinojosa
  •  9 Pat Kelly
  • 22 Tyler Kuresa
  • 33 Trey Vavra
  • 26 Ryan Walker Injury icon 2.svg
  • 16 T. J. White

Outfielders

  •  2 Tanner English
  •  1 Zach Granite
  • 24 Zack Larson
  • 13 Max Murphy

Manager

Coaches

  • -- J.P. Martinez (pitching)
  • -- Brian Dinkelman (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Minnesota Twins 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated December 26, 2015
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Minnesota Twins minor league players

Notable alumni[edit]

Many former Cedar Rapids players have made it to the major leagues as either players or coaches, including:

References[edit]

Notes

Sources

External links[edit]