Tom Barbee, the President of the Kernels, welcomed the news. “Being part of one of the premier teams in the Major Leagues insures our fans in the Cedar Rapids area of seeing some of the best young players in the country.” Barbee went on to say that the working relationship between the two clubs, the Kernels and Angels, has been tremendous.
"The Angels are pleased to extend our agreement with the Cedar Rapids Kernels through the 2010 season," said Abe Flores, Director of Player Development for the Angels. "We value our relationship with the Kernels' ownership and front office, and we appreciate that our players are playing in a first-class facility where they receive tremendous fan support."
Several Kernel players have gone on to star for the Angels in the majors, most recently infielders Casey Kotchman, Howie Kendrick and Dallas McPherson; and catcher Jeff Mathis. Some of those former Kernels reaching superstar status in the Majors include 2007 All-Star pitchers John Lackey of the Angels and Bobby Jenks of the White Sox.
The agreement between the Kernels and Angles has been in place since 1993 and is currently the longest affiliation in the Midwest League. The Kernels won the MWL championship in 1994 and qualified for the MWL playoffs in 2007.