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Updated: September 18th, 2012 9:28pm
Twins reportedly taking Low-A affiliation from Beloit to Cedar Rapids

Twins reportedly taking Low-A affiliation from Beloit to Cedar Rapids

by Phil Mackey
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According to multiple reports, the Minnesota Twins are expected to announce a new Single-A partnership with the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Wednesday. This new partnership would officially end the Twins' eight-year relationship with the Beloit Snappers.

Previously the low-A affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels, Cedar Rapids -- which plays in the Midwest League along with Beloit -- would provide superior facilities than Beloit, namely a $17 million, 5,000-seat stadium that was built in 2002.

Beloit's stadium, built in 1981 and without any major improvements since 1995, holds only 3,500 fans, and the team rarely fills it. Beloit also shares its stadium with the local American Legion and high school teams.

In 2011, Beloit finished with a better record than Cedar Rapids but drew only 67,000 fans as opposed to the 169,000 drawn by the Kernels.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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