PAPILLION, Neb. – The Kansas City Royals and Omaha Storm Chasers announced a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) on Monday evening, extending the two clubs’ partnership to last through the 2018 season.
“We are proud to announce the continuation of this affiliation between the Storm Chasers and Royals,” said Storm Chasers President and General Manager Martie Cordaro. “We have enjoyed the longest and one of the strongest relationships in all of Triple-A Baseball. We look forward to growing our relationship with the Royals even more in the upcoming seasons.”
“We are extremely excited about our extension with Omaha,” said Royals Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Player Personnel J.J. Picollo. “The Storm Chasers are a first class operation and we are proud of our longstanding relationship. We are looking forward to building upon this tradition for many years to come. We would like to thank Gary Green, his partners and Martie Cordaro for their commitment to the Kansas City Royals and feel fortunate to be part of their family.”
Omaha has been the home of the Kansas City Royals’ Triple-A affiliate since the very beginning when the Royals and Storm Chasers first began play in 1969. Through the years Omaha has seen an impressive number of talented players come through on their way to the Major Leagues, including Hall of Famer George Brett, while 14 members of the Royals’ 2015 World Series roster had also worn a Storm Chasers uniform prior to winning the title.
Dating back to 1969, the Omaha franchise has posted a 3365-3297 record, adding 16 Division titles, seven League Championships, as well as three Triple-A Championships, including Back-To-Back Triple-A Championships during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. In addition, the Storm Chasers have accumulated winning records in five of the last six seasons dating back to 2011.
The Omaha-Kansas City affiliation is one of the longest enduring partnerships in Minor League Baseball, including the longest active affiliation at the Triple-A level, as well as third longest active overall behind the Reading Fighin’ Phils and Lakeland Flying Tigers, who have been aligned with the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers, respectively, since 1967. In total, 848 ballplayers have gone on to play Major League Baseball after wearing an Omaha uniform, including 140 with the Royals since 2011.