Last week's reports that the Minnesota Twins were looking at the Cedar Rapids Kernels as their new Class A affiliate proved correct. The Twins will announce Wednesday that they will make the Iowa squad their new Midwest League partner.
The move ends an eight-year relationship between Minnesota and the Beloit (Wis.) Snappers, another Midwest League team. The Snappers' Pohlman Field seats about 2,500; the Kernels, who were a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim affiliate for the last two decades, play at Perfect Game Field, a facility that seats around 5,300.
Cedar Rapids is 93 miles closer to Minneapolis than Beloit. The Snappers are expected to have a new affiliate when minor league play begins in 2013; the Kernels open up the season at Beloit.