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Jim Crikket
09-17-2012, 07:45 PM
The Twins and Cedar Rapids Kernels have agreed to enter a PDC agreement for the next 4 years. A formal announcement should come on Wednesday. My Knuckleballs post on the subject:

http://knuckleballsblog.com/2012/09/twins-to-affiliate-with-cedar-rapids/

Jim Crikket
09-17-2012, 08:00 PM
I really do know how to spell "agree."

Just got a little excited, I guess.

Thrylos
09-17-2012, 08:10 PM
I know a happy man :)

nowheresville
09-17-2012, 08:25 PM
Its a sad day in Southern Wisconsin, although certainly not unexpected. Cedar Rapids has seemed like a perfect fit for the Twins, and hopefully it's a good relationship that lasts just as long as it takes to build a new ballpark in Beloit!

Seth Stohs
09-17-2012, 08:37 PM
I just posted on Facebook that this news is hitting me with some seriously mixed emotions. I fully understand the decision to leave and to go to Cedar Rapids. Personally, I LOVE going to Beloit. The people. The Front Office. They may not get a ton of fans in attendance, but I've been able to meet a bunch of them, and they were die hard Twins fans in the heart of Brewers country. I'll have to go to Cedar Rapids, if only to hang out with JC... but I'll have to keep my annual Beloit trip plans too!!

JB_Iowa
09-17-2012, 08:43 PM
Hats off to you, JC, for staying on top of this story all summer/fall (okay maybe not fall by the calendar but it feels like fall tonight)!

And LOL, I just realized that it is further for me to CR than for TC residents but definitely closer than Beloit.

Jim Crikket
09-17-2012, 08:53 PM
Its a sad day in Southern Wisconsin, although certainly not unexpected. Cedar Rapids has seemed like a perfect fit for the Twins, and hopefully it's a good relationship that lasts just as long as it takes to build a new ballpark in Beloit!

I do hope Beloit gets that new stadium. The fans and the front office there deserve it and I would love to see Beloit secure their place in the MWL long in to the future.

John Bonnes
09-17-2012, 09:58 PM
One other nice thing about visiting Cedar Rapids to see the Twins: it's close to the Field Of Dreams in Dyersville. That is a very cool place.

righty8383
09-17-2012, 11:44 PM
Opening day will be April 4 next year. The Kernels will be hosting the Beloit Snappers:go:

Rick Niedermann
09-18-2012, 12:53 AM
This is very good news to a Twins fan from Waterloo.

Seth Stohs
09-18-2012, 02:35 AM
Opening day will be April 4 next year. The Kernels will be hosting the Beloit Snappers:go:

Someone I know may have to make an effort to be there!!! Fun!

Head First
09-18-2012, 07:18 AM
Thanks for staying on top of the story and providing us with great info Jim. I look forward to your coverage of the team next season.

MWLFan
09-18-2012, 07:19 AM
JC living the dream man. I will miss the trips to Beloit as like Seth has said the folks down there who actually support the team and the Snappers front office are great in everyway. I have been taking my family to Snappers games for 8 years? Is that possible. My boy turning 9 this year has only known the Snappers as his team, I tried explaining that we will still go down to catch Snappers games but not when they are playing the Kernals so we can all root for the Snappers. Now we have to get all new gear.

JC I will look for you to say hello, I expect you will be the man with biggest smile in the park.

cattlefeeder
09-18-2012, 08:34 AM
I'm another big Twins fan in Iowa, from just south of Iowa City. My kids are going to get to see a lot of baseball next year.

YourHouseIsMyHouse
09-18-2012, 10:16 AM
Should be a good first year with many of the champions on the E-Twins getting promoted.

Vervehound
09-18-2012, 11:26 AM
Should be a good first year with many of the champions on the E-Twins getting promoted.

can't judge how the low-a team will do based on e-town numbers but next year should feature the likes of buxton, berrios, kepler, polanco, goodrum, walker, boyd, harrison, mata, robb, duffey, chargois and bard. good lord.

Seth Stohs
09-18-2012, 12:28 PM
Joe Christensen just confirmed and announces that it is a four-year agreement. http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/blogs/170203986.html

Of course, Jim Crikket posted the announcement about 16 hours ago!

Jim Crikket
09-18-2012, 12:45 PM
Joe Christensen just confirmed and announces that it is a four-year agreement. http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/blogs/170203986.html

Of course, Jim Crikket posted the announcement about 16 hours ago!

Yeah, but Joe's probably just makin' crap up, too.

Jim Crikket
09-18-2012, 01:14 PM
Joe Christensen just confirmed and announces that it is a four-year agreement. http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/blogs/170203986.html

Of course, Jim Crikket posted the announcement about 16 hours ago!

OK since my previous response got flagged for moderation, I'll rephrase...

Yeah, but I'm sure Joe C is just making "stuff" up, too.

nicksaviking
09-18-2012, 01:54 PM
I was shown the ballpark dimensions, 315 down the left field line with quite a long HR porch continuing out for several yards. If Adam Walker gets promoted straight to Low A the Twins may have two consecutive Midwest League HR champs.

Jim Crikket
09-18-2012, 02:11 PM
I was shown the ballpark dimensions, 315 down the left field line with quite a long HR porch continuing out for several yards. If Adam Walker gets promoted straight to Low A the Twins may have two consecutive Midwest League HR champs.

Yeah, as long as he doesn't just hit line drives down that line. The wall down in that corner is a high one and I've seen a lot of runners thrown out at 2B on balls played off that corner wall.

Curt
09-18-2012, 02:58 PM
Who gets Beloit then?

jtrinaldi
09-18-2012, 03:08 PM
Who gets Beloit then?
Likely Oakland.

mike wants wins
09-18-2012, 04:11 PM
I think this is a great idea. Too bad my sister in law moved away to another part if Iowa.....

nowheresville
09-19-2012, 02:00 PM
It's official...

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120919&content_id=38656140&vkey=news_t492&fext=.jsp&sid=t492

glunn
09-20-2012, 11:09 PM
The logo - a baseball bat dressed as corn -- does not seem as cool as the Beloit turtle.

joeboo_22
09-20-2012, 11:20 PM
The logo - a baseball bat dressed as corn -- does not seem as cool as the Beloit turtle.

I'd argue that the Beloit turtle is a top 5 mascot in minor league baseball. The Kernel? not so much

striker_86
09-20-2012, 11:31 PM
this would be a fun stop on the way to of for a game

lightfoot789
09-21-2012, 09:36 AM
Walker had 17 HRs in 64 games. If he can improve along with the upgrade in competition - you might be right? I'm anxious to see what DJ Hicks can do with a full healthy season as well. And Romy Jimenez was off to a tremendous HR / Doubles - season (led league in every category) before he got hurt. With the pitching Low A should have through the first half of season - Things could be exciting in CR

Sarah
09-21-2012, 09:54 AM
I think this is awesome- I’ve never been to the Field of Dreams site and have wanted to go back to the Quad Cities area so you could do all of them in one trip! Call me crazy but I wouldn’t mind if the Twins didn’t get an affiliate in St. Paul. I think going to other areas to watch the minor leaguers is a good reason for a road trip…

jtrinaldi
09-21-2012, 10:21 AM
Have fun with Paul Molitor, he was always fun to have in Beloit. Made it here 3 times this year , for about a week each time.

Ipswichfan
09-22-2012, 02:33 PM
I do like the ballpark in Cedar Rapids. Saw Bromberg pitch there a couple years ago. Also, the pro wrestling hall of fame is in nearby Waterloo.

lightfoot789
09-24-2012, 12:15 AM
I saw an article in MILB where Adam Walker was the 2012 OffensivePlayer of the Post Season for the Appalachian League. Too bad the Wisconsin product won't get to play a full season in Beloit next year. He was fun to watch in ETown. Will Beloit still have a team in MWL?
http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120918&content_id=38611162&vkey=news_l120&fext=.jsp&sid=l120

Jim Crikket
09-24-2012, 08:08 AM
Will Beloit still have a team in MWL?
http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120918&content_id=38611162&vkey=news_l120&fext=.jsp&sid=l120

Yes, Beloit is assured an affiliation. I'd expect that to be announced in the next couple of days.