With just 40 games remaining in the regular season, now seems like a good time to step back and take a look at the state of the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
It's almost laughable to even question whether or not the affiliation switch from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the Minnesota Twins has been good for Cedar Rapids. Of course it has, by pretty much every measurement.
The Kernels have already qualified for the Midwest League postseason by virtue of their second-place finish in the first half of the season and fan interest is up.
Attendance has increased, but even more telling, the fans who show up for games are enthusiastically engaged in what's happening on the field. That has not always been the case at Veterans Memorial Stadium the past few years.