The Kansas City Royals became a Major League Baseball team in 1969, the same season they started the Omaha Royals, their Triple-A affiliate. While most Minor League teams change parent organizations frequently, it's impressive to note that Omaha has been the only Triple-A affiliate that the Kansas City Royals have ever had. Legendary MLB manager Jack McKeon was the first manager in Omaha history, and he won league championships in each of his first two seasons. McKeon would move on to a lengthy Major League managerial career, but Omaha would continue the winning tradition. Between 1971 and 2010, the Omaha Royals would go to the playoffs 10 more times and win an additional two championships. The 2011 season would see the Omaha Royals become the Omaha Storm Chasers, and the winning would continue. The Storm Chasers won three Pacific League Championships between 2011 and 2014. Get your tickets to see the Omaha Storm Chasers today at StubHub!
Where do the Omaha Storm Chasers play their home games?
In 1969, the Kansas City Royals entered the American League and put their Triple-A affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska. The Omaha Royals, as they were called then, played their home games at Rosenblatt Stadium. The issue with Rosenblatt is that it has been the host site of the College World Series since 1950. By the time the Storm Chasers came into existence in 1969, the College World Series had almost two decades of a tradition established in Omaha. That meant that the Omaha Royals had to play two consecutive weeks of road games every year in June. It wasn't until 2011 that the Omaha Royals got their own stadium, the 9,023-seat Werner Park. The new stadium came with a rebranding of the team, who took on the name, "Storm Chasers."
Do the Omaha Storm Chasers have any rivalries?
The Storm Chasers make up one half of the I-80 rivalry with the Iowa Cubs. Not only are the two teams close to each other on Interstate 80, but they are also both members of the American Northern Division. The Storm Chasers' other rival, the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Like the rivalry with the Cubs, this one is also about battling for divisional supremacy, while the two teams are also close to one another geographically.
Are there any notable Major League Baseball players that played for the Omaha Storm Chasers?
You don't have to look any farther than the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game to find some big names who spent time playing in Omaha. In fact, there were six former Storm Chasers in the mid-summer classic. Royals infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield, Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi, Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers infielder Mike Moustakas and San Francisco Giants lefty Will Smith were all named MLB All-Stars.
Who is the Omaha Storm Chasers' manager?
Brian Poldberg is entering his seventh season as the manager of the Omaha Storm Chasers. Poldberg replaced long-time Storm Chasers manager, Mike Jirschele, who managed Omaha for 14 seasons before being promoted to the Major League staff. Coach Poldberg has been a part of the Kansas City Royals since 1983 as a players, assistant coach or manager. Poldberg retired in 1987 and began his managerial career in 1988. Coach Poldberg enters the 2020 season with a career record of 1342-1392.
Where can I buy Omaha Storm Chasers tickets?
You can get your tickets to see the Omaha Storm Chasers and the rest of the teams of the Pacific Coast League as they take the field at the world's largest online ticket marketplace, StubHub.Back to Top
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