Cedar Rapids Kernels unveil new scoreboard

The Cedar Rapids Kernels unveiled their new 30-by-48-foot LED video board Thursday. (Photo by Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

The Cedar Rapids Kernels unveiled their new 30-by-48-foot LED video board Thursday. (Photo by Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

The Cedar Rapids Kernels unveiled their new scoreboard/video board Thursday night. It is almost four times the size of the old board, which measured 16 feet by 24 feet. The new one is 30 feet by 48 feet and is located just to the left of where the old board was.

The old Kernels scoreboard that was replaced during the offseason.

The old Kernels scoreboard that was replaced during the offseason. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

According to The Gazette, part of the old board was sold to Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School and part of it was scrapped. The Kernels hope to get at least 10 years of use out of the new board.

Timber Rattlers to get rings Friday

Members of the 2012 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers who are at Milwaukee Brewers camp in Arizona will receive their 2012 Midwest League Championship rings in a pregame ceremony before Friday afternoon’s Cactus League game between the Brewers and the Chicago Cubs.

I attended the entire 2012 championship series. Here are links to what I wrote about each game: Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4

After the series ended, renovations began at Fox Cities Stadium. You can see the latest photos and video update from radio announcer Chris Mehring here.

Fox Cities Stadium is still snowbound. (Photo courtesy of Rattler Radio)

Fox Cities Stadium is still snowbound. (Photo courtesy of Rattler Radio)

Sano impresses vs. Yankees

Top Minnesota Twins prospect Miguel Sano made his major-league spring training debut Thursday against the New York Yankees. He went 2-for-5 with two singles and, according to MLB.com, was impressive in the field.

The 19-year-old slugger played the whole game at third base and made several impressive grabs and throws, like the seventh-inning chopper by Jayson Nix that he reeled in with a backhanded grab before his bouncing throw to first base reached just in time to record the out. …

Sano said he’s been working at third base every day at 8:30 a.m. with Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, a special assistant in the Twins’ front office. They’ve been focusing on how Sano sets up before each pitch, making sure his hands are low to the ground and that he’s bending his knees, not his waist. Molitor had asked (Twins manager Ron) Gardenhire to keep an eye on how well Sano stuck to that Thursday night, and Gardenhire was pleased that he’d only have good news to report when the team returns to Fort Myers.

If Thursday was any indication as to how well the former shortstop is coming along at the hot corner, those early-morning lessons are definitely paying off.

Miguel Sano playing third base for the Beloit Snappers last year

Miguel Sano playing third base for the Beloit Snappers last year. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Sano played with the Beloit Snappers last year. He batted .258 with 28 HR and 100 RBI in 129 games.

Incidentally, Molitor also played in the Midwest League, batting .346 with 8 HR, 50 HR and 14 SB in 64 games with the 1977 Burlington Bees. He returned to the Midwest League for a single rehab start with the 1990 Beloit Brewers, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer.

Upton takes Haren deep

On Thursday, Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton took Washington Nationals RHP Dan Haren deep — and by deep I mean over the scoreboard deep. Click here to see video of the impressive blast.

Upton hit .263 with 12 HR, 66 RBI and 15 SB in 113 games with the 2006 South Bend Silver Hawks. 

Haren went 7-3 with a 1.95 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 101.2 IP for the 2002 Peoria Chiefs.

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