Jake Mauer, brother of Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, will manage the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2013. It will be his sixth season as a manager. He was skipper of the Florida State League’s Fort Myers Miracle the past three seasons.
Both Jake and Joe played for the 2002 Quad City River Bandits. Jake hit .226 with 0 HR and 20 RBI in 84 games. Joe hit .302 with 4 HR and 62 RBI in 110 games. Their most notable teammate was Jason Kubel, who hit .321 with 17 HR and 69 RBI in 115 games.
The New York Times ran a good story about the Mauer brothers in 2009. You can read it here.
Mauer’s hitting coach with the Kernels will be Tommy Watkins, who played for the River Bandits in 2001. He hit .230 with 2 HR and 16 RBI in 73 games. He played nine games with the Minnesota Twins in 2007.
Gary Lucas will be the Kernels’ pitching coach. This coming season will be his sixth consecutive one coaching in the Midwest League.
Gardenhire among Hot Stove Banquet guests
From the Kernels’ website:
The 17th Annual Cedar Rapids Kernels Hot Stove Banquet will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel.
The 17th Annual Hot Stove Banquet will include a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia and local items, the first Cedar Rapids appearance of the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan, as well as the induction of the Class of 2013 into the Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Fame. This year’s Hall of Fame Class includes Alex Monchak, Pat Harmon, Casey Kotchman, Trevor Hoffman and Jim Curran.
This is the first time the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan has visited Cedar Rapids and will feature Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and bench coach Terry Steinbach; Twins mascot TC Bear; 2007 first-round draft pick and current Twins RF Ben Revere; and a roundtable discussion with Q&A sessions and autographs. Dick Bremer, the Twins play-by-play broadcaster on Fox Sports North, will emcee the Twins Winter Caravan.
Gardenhire’s first job as a manager was in the Midwest League. He led the 1988 Kenosha Twins to a 81-59 record. They were first-half champions of the North Division with a 41-27 record and finished the overall season with the division’s second-best record, three games behind the Rockford Expos (84-56), who were managed by former big-leaguer Alan Bannister. Kenosha knocked off Rockford in the first round of the playoffs, but lost to Cedar Rapids in the finals. (Source: MWLguide.com)
Steinbach played a full season in the Midwest League. He hit .295 with 11 HR and 79 RBI in 135 games with the Madison Muskies.
Revere was named the Midwest League’s Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year in 2008, when he hit .379 with 1 HR, 43 RBI and 44 SB in 83 games with the Beloit Snappers.
You can read more about the five Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Fame inductees in this article on the Kernels’ website.