Omaha Storm Chasers

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Omaha Storm Chasers
Founded in 1969
Papillion, Nebraska
Storm Chasers.png Chasers cap.png
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Triple-A (1969–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Pacific Coast League (1998–present)
Conference American Conference
Division North Division
Previous leagues
American Association (1969–1997)
Major league affiliations
Current Kansas City Royals (1969–present)
Minor league titles
Class titles 2013, 2014
League titles 1969, 1970, 1978, 1990, 2011, 2013, 2014
Conference titles 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Division titles 1970, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Team data
Nickname Omaha Storm Chasers (2011–present)
Previous names
Omaha Royals (2002–2010)
Omaha Golden Spikes (1999–2001)
Omaha Royals (1969–1998)
Colors royal blue and Vegas gold
         
Mascot Stormy
Ballpark Werner Park (2011–present)[1]
Previous parks
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium (1969–2010)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Alliance Baseball LLC
Manager Mike Jirschele

The Omaha Storm Chasers are a minor league baseball team, currently based in Papillion, Nebraska, a city southwest of Omaha. The team is the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals major league club and has been a member of the expanded Pacific Coast League since 1998. From 1969 to 1997, Omaha played in the now-dissolved American Association. The team is owned by the Alliance Baseball LLC.; principal owners include Gary Green, Larry Botel, Eric Foss, Brian Callaghan, Alan Stein and Steve Alepa.[2]

The team played in Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, home to the College World Series for over 60 years. Omaha has been the only Triple-A location for the Kansas City Royals since their inception as an expansion team in 1969. Following the 2010 season, the Royals moved to their new home, Werner Park in Sarpy County, and changed their name to Storm Chasers.[3]

Beginning with the 1999 season, the team nickname was changed from Royals to the Omaha Golden Spikes. 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 Union Pacific. The well-intentioned name change proved unpopular with many fans; after three seasons as the Golden Spikes, the UP sold their majority ownership and the nickname was returned to "Royals" for 2002.

Following the 2010 season, the Omaha Royals began the process moving and 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 through the team's website, and the new name, "Storm Chasers," was revealed on November 15.

The Omaha Storm Chasers changed ownership in June 2012; the new owners are Gary Green, Larry Botel, Eric Foss, Brian Callaghan, Alan Stein and Steve Alepa.

Ownership History[edit]

1969 to 1985 - Kansas City Royals
1986 to 1991 - Irving "Gus" Cherry
1991 to 2001 - Union Pacific Railroad (majority owner), with Warren Buffett and Walter Scott as minority owners
2001 to 2006 - Matt Minker (majority owner), with Warren Buffett and Walter Scott as minority owners
2006 to 2012 - William (Bill) Shea (majority owner), with Warren Buffett and Walter Scott as minority owners
2012 to Present - Gary Green (Chief Executive Officer/Managing Owner) with Larry Botel, Eric Foss and Brian Callaghan

Year-by-year record[edit]

  Year    Record  Finish Manager Playoffs
1969 85-55 1st Jack McKeon   League Champions  
1970 73-65 1st Jack McKeon League Champions
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 League Finals
1977 76-59 1st John Sullivan League Finals
1978 66-69 4th John Sullivan League Champions
1979 65-71 6th Gordon Mackenzie
1980 66-70 4th Joe Sparks
1981 79-57 1st Joe Sparks League Finals
1982 71-66 4th Joe Sparks League Finals
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 League Finals
1989 74-72 3rd (t) Sal Rende League Finals
1990 86-60 1st Sal Rende League Champions
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 in 1st round
1996 79-65 2nd Mike Jirschele Lost in 1st round
1997 61-83 8th Mike Jirschele
1998 79-64 4th (t) Ron Johnson
1999 81-60 3rd Ron Johnson Lost in 1st round
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, Won PCL Championship 3–0, Lost Triple A National Championship
2012 83-61 1st Mike Jirschele Won American Conference 3–2, Lost PCL Championship 3-1
2013 70-74 1st Mike Jirschele Won American Conference 3–1, Won PCL Championship 3–1, Won Triple A National Championship
2014 76-67 1st Brian Poldberg Won American Conference 3–1, Won PCL Championship 3–2, Won Triple A National Championship

Roster[edit]

Omaha Storm Chasers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Kansas City Royals 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 4, 2014
Transactions · Coaching staff
More MiLB rosters
Kansas City Royals minor league players

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Werner Enterprises Granted Naming Rights for New Ballpark". ORoyals.com. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Omaha Storm Chasers, Front Office Staff". minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Werner Enterprises Granted Naming Rights for New Ballpark". ORoyals.com. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 

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