2018 Kernels Manager Toby Gardenhire added to 22nd Annual Hot Stove Banquet and Twins Winter Caravan

By Andrew Pantini / Cedar Rapids Kernels | January 3, 2018 10:27 AM

Cedar Rapids, IA - Toby Gardenhire, Field Manager of the 2018 Cedar Rapids Kernels; Jeremy Zoll, Director of Minor League Operations for the Twins; and Brian Dinkelman, 2018 Kernels Hitting Coach, will join Mitch Garver, Zack Granite and Kris Atteberry as part of the Twins Winter Caravan that will appear at the 22nd Annual Cedar Rapids Kernels Hot Stove Banquet on Wednesday, January 17th at the Eastbank Venue & Lounge in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Gardenhire was announced as the Kernels manager in December, after being the hitting coach for the GCL Twins in 2017. He is the son of former Twins manager and current Tigers manager, Ron Gardenhire.

Zoll takes over as the Twins Director of Minor League Operations after Brad Steil was named the Twins Director of Professional Scouting following the 2017 season. Zoll comes to the Twins from the Los Angeles Dodgers, after serving as their Assistant Director of Player Development.  

The 22nd Annual Hot Stove Banquet features a dinner, a silent auction and the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan, emceed by Twins radio broadcaster Kris Atteberry. All proceeds from the Hot Stove Banquet benefit the Kernels 'Take the Lead' Community Initiative Program and the Kernels Foundation.

The Twins Winter Caravan is one of the longest running and most extensive offseason team caravans in professional sports. It features teams of current and former players visiting schools, hospitals, corporations and service clubs during the day with a traditional "hot stove" program each evening. An autograph session will follow the Twins Winter Caravan.

Tickets for the banquet are on sale now, and are $45 in advance and $50 at the door with corporate tables seating eight people available for $320. Children 12-under are $30. Tickets can be purchased at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium during regular business hours 9 AM to 5 PM, or by phone at 363-3887. Banquet tickets may also be purchased on-line at www.kernels.com.

KZIA and KGYM are proud media sponsors of the 22nd Annual Hot Stove Banquet.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels are the Midwest League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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