Storm Chasin

Heather Avi HeaderIt’s my favorite time of year again: baseball season. And while I have a subscription to MLB.tv (I highly recommend this for all baseball lovers), I prefer to watch baseball in person. What’s better than a trip to the ballpark?

With that being said, I’ve lived in Omaha, NE all my life. There aren’t any professional sports teams in the state. (Some Nebraskans treat the Nebraska football team like one, though.) Thankfully, the latter has never really been a problem. In recent summers, I’ve spent my time at Omaha Storm Chasers games.

Who are the Omaha Storm Chasers?

If you’re a dedicated Royals fans, you probably already know about the Triple-A affiliate, Omaha Storm Chasers. If you’re new to this baseball stuff, let me explain for you. There’s a minor league system in baseball with Triple-A being the highest level of play in the minor leagues. Basically, the Triple-A prepares players for the Major Leagues and is also known as a “farm team”. Triple-A and the minor leagues as a whole go much more in depth, but I’ll trust you can do your own research.

When was the Storm Chasers inaugural season?

The Storm Chasers became the Storm Chasers in 2011 after a city-wide vote for a new team name to match their new stadium in Papillion, NE. The Chasers were known as the Omaha Royals in their inaugural season, 1969, as the Kansas City Royals’ affiliate. From 1999-2001, the team was renamed the Golden Spikes, but returned to the Omaha Royals after that failed #brand experiment. From 1969-2010, the Omaha Royals played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. But because of attendance numbers, and largely because of a new College World Series stadium, Werner Park was built. It opened in 2011.

Why should I care about a Triple-A team?

Simply because the “farm system” feeds the major leagues. A good number of the World Series Royals came through Omaha-the star players, at that, like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon…. While winning in the minor leagues isn’t that big of a deal, from 2011-2014 the Omaha Storm Chasers won their division title. In 2013 and 2014, the Chasers won the Triple-A National Title. That’s pretty remarkable.

If you’re thinking, “Well, I don’t have time to care about the Storm Chasers!” I’ve got you covered. In the next few weeks, I’m going to introduce you to the current roster of Omaha Storm Chasers. I’ll being keeping you updated on all things Chasers for the rest of the baseball season.

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