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Minnesota Twins, Cedar Rapids Kernels sign Class A agreement

John Shipley, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. –

CLEVELAND — The Minnesota Twins signed a four-year player development agreement with the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League on Wednesday, Sept. 19, moving their low-Class A team to southeastern Iowa through at least 2016.

They had been in Beloit, Wis., the previous eight seasons but since the 1980s have also had development agreements with Kenosha and Quad Cities of the Midwest League.

“I’ve got a little bit of certainly a soft spot for the Beloit area because I’m from there,” said Twins general manager Terry Ryan, who hails from nearby Janesville in south central Wisconsin. “But this happens in minor league baseball.”

The team will play in Veterans Memorial Stadium, which seats 5,500. All 140 regular-season games will broadcast on radio, and 10 will be televised.

“Geographically it’s advantageous for the Twins; they are in our market, I think it’s fair to say,” Ryan said. “It’s certainly convenient for us to get there; it’s right down 35W. We like the facility, the workout room, the hitting cages, and they certainly draw (fans).”

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