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The long wait is over. It's finally time for Storm Chasers baseball

The long wait is over. It's finally time for Storm Chasers baseball


It'll be great to have fans — and mascots — back in Werner Park to watch Omaha Storm Chasers baseball.

On Tuesday the Omaha Storm Chasers play their first game at Werner Park since Sept. 2, 2019.

Oh, how things have changed since then.

The Chasers' new roster will play in a new division, Triple A-East instead of the Pacific Coast League. There will be longer series to cut down on travel. Omaha opens the season with a six-game set against the St. Paul Saints beginning with Tuesday's 6:35 p.m. first pitch.

And there will be health protocols at the stadium after the 2020 minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

But even with those changes, the main thing for fans is that live baseball is back.

Brian Poldberg, who spent the 2020 season at the Kansas City Royals' alternate site, is back for his seventh season as Chasers' manager. And a number of familiar faces will be on the field.

Among position players on the roster are outfielder Bubba Starling, who played in 35 games for the Royals last season; Erick Mejia, who led the 2019 Chaser offense by batting .271 with 63 RBIs and 19 steals; and catcher Nick Dini, who hit 13 homers for Omaha in 2019.

Back on the mound are Jake Kalish, who tied for the Chasers' lead in wins in 2019 by going 8-8 in 24 appearance, and Scott Blewett, who had five wins.

The Chasers' preliminary roster announced last week included top pitching prospect Daniel Lynch. But the left-hander was promoted to the Royals and made Monday's start against Cleveland.

Prospects on the roster include Kyle Isbel, who was Kansas City's starting right fielder on Opening Day, and starting right-hander Jackson Kowar, who was a first-round pick out of Florida in 2018.

After the St. Paul series, the Storm Chasers will be on the road for 12 games.

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