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Omaha Storm Chasers

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Omaha Storm Chasers
Founded in 1969
Papillion, Nebraska
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Team logoCap insignia
CurrentTriple-A (1969–present)
Minor league affiliations
LeaguePacific Coast League
ConferenceAmerican Conference
DivisionNorthern Division
Previous leagues
American Association (1969–1997)
Major league affiliations
CurrentKansas City Royals (1969–present)
Minor league titles
Class titles (3)
  • 1990
  • 2013
  • 2014
League titles (7)
  • 1969
  • 1970
  • 1978
  • 1990
  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2014
Conference titles (4)
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
Division titles (15)
  • 1970
  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1990
  • 1996
  • 1999
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
Team data
NicknameOmaha Storm Chasers
Previous names
  • Omaha Royals (2002–2010)
  • Omaha Golden Spikes
  • Omaha Royals (1969–1998)
ColorsRoyal blue, Twister gold, Blackout black, Powder blue[1]
MascotStormy (2011-present)
Casey the Lion (1994-present)
Vortex (2011-present)
Sue Nami (2019-present)
BallparkWerner Park (2011–present)
Previous parks
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium
Alliance Baseball LLC
ManagerBrian Poldberg
General ManagerLaurie Schlender[2]
PresidentMartie Cordaro[2]

The Omaha Storm Chasers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. They are located in Papillion, Nebraska, a suburb southwest of Omaha, and play their home games at Werner Park which opened in 2011. The team previously played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, home to the College World Series, from 1969 to 2010.[3]

The team has been the only Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals since their inception in the 1969 Major League Baseball expansion. They were originally known as the Omaha Royals when they were established as a member of the Triple-A American Association in 1969. They joined the PCL in 1998, and were briefly known as the Omaha Golden Spikes (1999–2001) before reverting to their Royals moniker. They rebranded as the Storm Chasers in 2011.

Omaha has won seven league championships. Most recently, they won back-to-back PCL championships in 2013 and 2014. They previously won the PCL title in 2011. They also won the American Association championship in 1969, 1970, 1978, and 1990. They went on to win the Triple-A Classic in 1990 and the Triple-A National Championship Game in 2013 and 2014.

In 2016, Forbes listed the Storm Chasers as the 29th-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $27 million.[4]

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Team history

The 2011 PCL champion Storm Chasers
The 2011 PCL champion Storm Chasers

After having been known as the Royals from their inaugural 1969 season through 1998, the team nickname was changed to the Omaha Golden Spikes in 1999. The name change was a reference to the Golden Spike driven at Promontory Summit, Utah, to celebrate the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. It was intended to celebrate the rich railroad tradition in Omaha, headquarters of the Union Pacific Railroad. The well-intentioned name change proved unpopular with many fans; after three seasons as the Golden Spikes, the Union Pacific sold their majority ownership and the nickname was returned to "Royals" for 2002.

Following the 2010 season, the Omaha Royals began the process of changing their nickname. Fans had the opportunity to submit their choice of nicknames, as well as vote on the finalists. The list of 24 fan-submitted names was whittled down to nine finalists through voting at the team's website, and the new name, "Storm Chasers," was revealed on November 15.

The first game under the Storm Chasers name was played on April 7, 2011, in Albuquerque, New Mexico against the Albuquerque Isotopes. Mike Montgomery started the game for the Storm Chasers and Clint Robinson hit a homerun in the top of the second inning, giving him the first hit, homerun, and RBI in the team's history as the Storm Chasers. The first win for the team came two days later when they took the third game of the series against the Isotopes, 10–4. Pitcher Kevin Pucetas got the win.

The home opener at Werner Park was to be on April 15, but was postponed due to rain. As such, the first Storm Chasers home game was on April 16 against the Nashville Sounds. David Lough recorded the first Chasers home hit and Mike Moustakas doubled in Eric Hosmer for the first RBI. The Storm Chasers won their home debut, 2–1. Danny Duffy started the game, but the win went to reliever Jesse Chavez. The first homerun at Werner wasn't hit until April 20, a two run shot by Mike Moustakas that again brought Eric Hosmer around to score.

In July 2015, the Storm Chasers hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, the first time the events had been held in Omaha.[5] The International League defeated the PCL 4–3 and Norfolk's Dariel Álvarez won the Home Run Derby. The Storm Chasers were well represented at the game with three All-Star players in Cheslor Cuthbert, Louis Coleman, and John Lamb as well as trainer Dave Innicca and manager Brian Poldberg, who skippered the PCL team.[6] Another Omaha All-Star in 2015, outfielder José Martínez, led the league in on-base percentage (OBP, .461) that year[7] and broke the PCL batting record with a .384 average.[8]

Year-by-year record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
American Association
1969 85–55 1st Jack McKeon Won League Championship 4–1 vs. Denver Bears
1970 73–65 1st Jack McKeon Won League Championship 4–1 vs. Syracuse Chiefs
1971 69–70 5th Jack McKeon
1972 71–69 4th Jack McKeon
1973 62–73 6th Harry Malmberg
1974 54–82 8th Harry Malmberg
1975 67–69 6th Billy Gardner
1976 78–58 2nd Billy Gardner Lost League Championship 4–2 vs. Denver Bears
1977 76–59 1st John Sullivan Lost League Championship 4–2 vs. Denver Bears
1978 66–69 4th John Sullivan Won League Championship 4–1 vs. Indianapolis Indians
1979 65–71 6th Gordon Mackenzie
1980 66–70 4th Joe Sparks
1981 79–57 1st Joe Sparks Won Division Series 3–2 vs. Springfield Redbirds;
Lost League Championship 4–0 vs. Denver Bears
1982 71–66 4th Joe Sparks Lost League Championship 4–2 vs. Indianapolis Indians
1983 64–72 6th (t) Joe Sparks
1984 68–86 8th Gene Lamont
1985 73–69 4th Gene Lamont
1986 72–70 4th John Boles / Frank Funk
1987 64–76 7th (t) John Wathan / Frank Funk
1988 81–61 2nd Glenn Ezell Lost League Championship 3–1 vs. Indianapolis Indians
1989 74–72 3rd (t) Sal Rende Lost League Championship 3–2 vs. Indianapolis Indians
1990 86–60 1st Sal Rende Won League Championship 3–2 vs. Nashville Sounds;
Won Triple-A Classic 4–1 vs. Rochester Red Wings
1991 73–71 5th Sal Rende
1992 67–77 6th (t) Jeff Cox
1993 70–74 5th Jeff Cox
1994 68–76 6th Jeff Cox
1995 76–68 3rd Mike Jirschele Lost Division Series 3–1 vs. Buffalo Bisons
1996 79–65 2nd Mike Jirschele Lost Division Series 3–1 vs. Oklahoma City 89ers
1997 61–83 8th Mike Jirschele
Pacific Coast League
1998 79–64 4th (t) Ron Johnson
1999 81–60 3rd Ron Johnson Lost Conference Championship 3–1 vs. Oklahoma RedHawks
2000 64–79 11th John Mizerock
2001 70–74 10th John Mizerock
2002 76–68 4th Bucky Dent
2003 70–73 11th Mike Jirschele
2004 71–73 9th Mike Jirschele
2005 72–72 8th Mike Jirschele
2006 53–91 16th Mike Jirschele
2007 73–71 3rd Mike Jirschele
2008 63–81 3rd Mike Jirschele
2009 64–80 4th Mike Jirschele
2010 81–63 3rd Mike Jirschele
2011 79–63 1st Mike Jirschele Won American Conference 3–1 vs. Round Rock Express;
Won PCL Championship 3–0 vs. Sacramento River Cats;
Lost Triple-A National Championship vs. Columbus Clippers
2012 83–61 1st Mike Jirschele Won American Conference 3–2 vs. Albuquerque Isotopes;
Lost PCL Championship 3–1 vs. Reno Aces
2013 70–74 1st Mike Jirschele Won American Conference 3–0 vs. Oklahoma City RedHawks;
Won PCL Championship 3–1 vs. Salt Lake Bees;
Won Triple-A National Championship vs. Durham Bulls
2014 76–67 1st Brian Poldberg Won American Conference 3–1 vs. Memphis Redbirds;
Won PCL Championship 3–2 vs. Reno Aces;
Won Triple-A National Championship vs. Pawtucket Red Sox
2015 80–64 2nd (t) Brian Poldberg
2016 58–82 4th Brian Poldberg
2017 69–72 3rd Brian Poldberg
2018 66–74 3rd Brian Poldberg
2019 59–80 4th Brian Poldberg
TOTAL 3,615–3,599 American Association: 10 West Division Titles, 4 American Association Titles, 1 Triple-A Classic Title
Pacific Coast League: 4 American Conference Titles, 3 Pacific Coast League Titles, 2 Triple-A National Titles


The Storm Chasers have four uniform tops and three hats that they wear during the season. The uniforms are manufactured by Russell Athletic and the hats are made by New Era. Blue or black socks are worn high with all uniforms, per team policy. Player names are worn on the backs of the home white jerseys only.


The home white has "Storm Chasers" across the chest with Royal blue piping around the neck, down the center of the jersey, and around the two sleeves. The player's number appears on the left in split blue/gold written in Storm Chaser font. A Kansas City Royals patch adorns the left sleeve, boasting an affiliation that has gone unbroken since 1969. The number on the back is a larger version of the one of the front with the player's name arching above it in standard blue. The white pants have a thin blue line running up both legs and are capped off with a blue belt. Blue socks are worn with this jersey.

The road grays have "Omaha" written across the chest in split black/gold written in Storm Chaser font with the "O bolt" logo standing in for the "O" in Omaha. The player's number appears in the same split colors and font on the left side of the jersey. Black piping runs around the neck, down the center of the jersey, and around the two sleeves. There is also a thick black line down both gray pant legs. The number on the back is a larger version of the one on the front. A black belt and socks complete the road uniform.

The alternate uniform is black with the interlocking "SC" logo on the left side of the chest and has gold piping around the neck, down the center of the jersey, and around the two sleeves. The number on the back is gold, written in Storm Chaser font. These jerseys are worn with both the home white and road gray pants, but are always accompanied by a black belt and black socks.

The fourth jersey is completely Royal blue with the Vortex logo on the left side of the chest. The numbers on the back are white, written in Storm Chaser font.


The primary hat is Royal blue with a matching brim and button, the Vortex logo on the front, and a black New Era flag logo on the left side.

The road hat is black with a matching brim and button, the "O bolt" logo on the front, and a gold New Era flag logo on the left side.

The alternate hat is black with a matching brim and button, the interlocking "SC" logo on the front, and a white New Era flag logo on the left side.

Retired numbers

The franchise has four retired numbers, three of which are also retired by the parent Kansas City Royals.

5 – George Brett: Played for the Omaha Royals in 1973–74, but is remembered most for his 21-year Hall of Fame Major League Baseball career, all with the Kansas City Royals. Brett was a 13-time all-star and 3-time batting champion as well as a Gold Glover, MVP, and World Series Champion.

10 – Dick Howser: Managed the Kansas City Royals from 1981–86, including guiding the team to two Western Division titles and the 1985 World Series title

20 – Frank White: Spent the first half of 1973 in Omaha, then got called up to the majors. He went on to spend his entire 18-year career with the Kansas City Royals, picking up 8 Gold Gloves and 5 all-star selections. He was part of the 1985 World Series team and was named the MVP of the 1980 ALCS.

23 – Mike Jirschele: Not only managed Omaha from 1995–97 and 2003–13, he also played for the team in 1988–89. His tenure as manager was the most successful in team history with five playoff berths, two Pacific Coast League titles, and a national championship. He accumulated 995 wins during his 14 seasons in Omaha.

Awards and league leaders

The franchise has had several American Association (1969–1997) and Pacific Coast League (1998–present) award winners.

Most Valuable Player

  • George Spriggs, 1970
  • E. Manuel Castillo, 1981
  • Luis De Los Santos, 1988
  • Dwyane Hosey, 1994
  • Chris Hatcher, 1998

Rookie of the Year

Most Valuable Pitcher

Manager of the Year

  • Jack McKeon, 1969, 1970
  • Joe Sparks, 1981
  • Sal Rende, 1990

PCL ERA Champions

PCL Batting Champion

  • Jeremy Giambi, 1998, .372
  • Mark Quinn, 1999, .360
  • Jose Martinez, 2015, .384 (PCL modern era record[9])

PCL Homerun Champion

  • Chris Hatcher, 1998, 46

Single-season team records



Triple-A All-Stars

The following players were named to the Triple-A All-Star team as Storm Chasers.


  • Johnny Giavotella (2B)
  • Luis Mendoza (P)
  • Clint Robinson (DH)


  • Tommy Hottovy (P)
  • Wil Myers (OF)
  • Clint Robinson (1B)
  • Ryan Verdugo (P)


  • Louis Coleman (P)
  • Chris Dwyer (P)


  • Spencer Patton (P)
  • Francisco Pena (C)


  • Louis Coleman (P)
  • Cheslor Cuthbert (3B)
  • John Lamb (P)


  • Andrew Edwards (P)


Omaha Storm Chasers roster

Players Coaches/Other



  • 19 Xavier Fernandez


  • 11 Chase Bushor




Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Kansas City Royals 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated January 14, 2020
→ More rosters: MiLB • Pacific Coast League
Kansas City Royals minor league players

Team affiliations

Level Team League Location
Major League Kansas City Royals American League Kansas City, MO
Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers Pacific Coast League Papillion, NE
Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals Texas League Springdale, AR
Advanced A Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League Wilmington, DE
A Lexington Legends South Atlantic League Lexington, KY
Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars Pioneer League Idaho Falls, ID
Rookie Burlington Royals Appalachian League Burlington, NC

Ownership history

  • 1969–1985 – Kansas City Royals
  • 1986–1991 – Irving "Gus" Cherry
  • 1991–2001 – Union Pacific Railroad (majority owner), with Warren Buffett and Walter Scott as minority owners
  • 2001–2006 – Matt Minker (majority owner), with Warren Buffett and Walter Scott as minority owners
  • 2006–2012 – William (Bill) Shea (majority owner), with Warren Buffett and Walter Scott as minority owners
  • 2012–present – Alliance Baseball LLC.; principal owners include Gary Green (Chief Executive Officer/Managing Owner), Larry Botel, Eric Foss, Brian Callaghan, Peter Huff, Evan Friend and Steve Alepa[10]


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  2. ^ a b "Omaha Storm Chasers Announce Personnel Moves". Ballpark Digest. November 26, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Werner Enterprises Granted Naming Rights for New Ballpark". November 11, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  4. ^ Klebnikov, Sergei (July 8, 2016). "Minor League Baseball's Most Valuable Teams – 29. Omaha Storm Chasers". Forbes. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Baltimore Orioles prospect Dariel Alvarez wins Triple-A Home Run Derby – Pacific Coast League News". Pacific Coast League.
  6. ^ "INT All-Stars vs. PCL All-Stars – July 15, 2015 – Box – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball".
  7. ^ FOX Sports Midwest (May 25, 2016). "Cardinals acquire OF Jose Martinez from Royals, assign to Memphis". Fox Sports Midwest. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  8. ^ Boone, Tony (May 5, 2016). "Big year hard to ignore, but Chasers' Jose Martinez must follow up to get closer to big leagues". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  9. ^ "Jose Martinez Crowned Pacific Coast League Batting Champ – Omaha Storm Chasers News". Omaha Storm Chasers.
  10. ^ "Front Office Staff". Omaha Storm Chasers. Retrieved April 24, 2018.

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