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Kernels In Talks To Buy Waterloo Bucks

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- The Cedar Rapids Kernels have entered talks to buy the Waterloo Bucks. The purchase of the Bucks by Cedar Rapids Ball Club, Inc. has already been approved by the Midwest League and the President of Minor League Baseball.

The deal is still subject to approval of the Northwoods League, and obtaining a lease for Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo. The Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball is also reviewing the transaction.

Kernels General Manager Doug Nelson says the deal would benefit both clubs. "We are very excited with the possibility to being a new chapter in the history of both organizations. Combining the resources of both operations will make both two clubs stronger," said Nelson. "Waterloo's far enough from Cedar Rapids, it's a different market. However, it's close enough where we can share resources between the two clubs, share best practices, and like I said, really make ourselves, both organizations stronger," he said.

The Bucks would remain in Waterloo, and continue to play at Riverfront Stadium, with Dan Corbin staying on as the club's general manager.

The Waterloo Bucks are part of the Northwoods League, an 18-team league whose teams consist of college players playing a 72-game schedule.

The City of Cedar Rapids has had professional baseball since 1890, and has been a member of the Midwest League since 1962. They are currently the Class-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

Cedar Rapids Ball Club President Gary Keoppel says, "Waterloo has a strong baseball tradition dating back to 1904. We are looking to continue that tradition for a long time."
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