Kernels hit trifecta

Kernels hit trifecta

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced today that manager Bobby Magallanes would be returning for his third consecutive season as the skipper of the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Joining him on the 2006 ?eld staff will be hitting coach Eric Owens, pitching coach Kernan Ronan, and trainer Eric Munson. A strength and conditioning coach will be named at a later date.

"I couldn't be more excited about returning to Cedar Rapids," Magallanes said. "The entire Kernels organization has treated us so well the last two years and the city of Cedar Rapids has become like a second home to my family and me."

In 2005 Magallanes guided Cedar Rapids to a 65-75 record and narrowly missed making the playoffs by one game in the second half. In his professional managerial debut with the Kernels in 2004, Magallanes led the Kernels to a 75-64 record and a spot in the Midwest League playoffs. Prior to joining the Kernels staff, Magallanes served as a coach for the Mesa Angels for two seasons. A native of Downey, CA, he played 12 seasons of professional baseball with the Mariners, Cubs, and Astros, advancing as high as Double-A in 1996. Magallanes was drafted in the 50th round of the June 1989 by the Mariners after attending Cerritos Junior College. He and his wife, Claudia, have a daughter, Paulina, and an infant son, Joshua. They reside in Phoenix, AZ.

Eric Owens makes his professional coaching debut with the Kernels after spending the 2005 season out of baseball. Owens enjoyed a lengthy nine-year career in the major leagues with the Reds, Brewers, Padres, Marlins, and Angels. Owens also spent time with the Mariners and Tigers organizations before retiring following the 2004 season. His best year came in 2000 when, as a member of the Padres, he hit a career-best .293 with six home runs, 51 RBI, and 29 stolen bases. A native of Danville, VA, Owens attended Ferrum College before being drafted by the Reds in the 4th round (101st overall) of the 1992 draft. A three-time minor league all-star, Owens was named Most Valuable Player of the Triple-A American Association in 1995 after batting .314 with 12 home runs, 63 RBI, and 33 stolen bases for Indianapolis.

Kernan Ronan returns to the Kernels for the 2006 season, his second in Cedar Rapids and 17th as a member of the Angels' organization. In 2005 the Kernels pitching staff compiled a 4.42 ERA with 922 strikeouts and just 501 walks in 1217.2 innings. Ronan has coached at four different levels in the Angels farm system, including a ?ve-and-a-half year stint with Double-A Midland in the mid-1990's. Last fall Ronan worked with some of the top prospects in baseball, including 2004 Angels' top draft pick Jered Weaver, as a pitching coach for the Surprise Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League. Ronan played college ball at Northern Arizona University before spending ?ve seasons in the Giants organization, including a brief stint in the Midwest League with Clinton in 1982. He pitched in 164 minor league games and compiled a 19-33 record while reaching as high as Double-A with the Giants. He resides in Phoenix, AZ, with his wife, Diane.

Eric Munson returns to the Kernels for his second season with the team after serving as the trainer for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL hockey team during the 2004-2005 season. He graduated from North Dakota State University in May of 2004 with a degree in athletic training.

The Kernels open the 2006 season on April 6 at Beloit. Season tickets are currently on sale with a number of seating plans available. Call the Kernels at 363-3887 for more details or visit the teams website, www.kernels.com.

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