The final stretch of the Triple-A season also will be the final stretch for Omaha Storm Chasers manager Brian Poldberg.
The 64-year-old Poldberg announced Thursday that he will retire after seven seasons as Chaser manager. His final home game will be Sunday against Indianapolis and his final game will be Oct. 3 at Iowa.
“The time’s here,” said Poldberg, who earned his 475th win with Omaha on Wednesday. “I’ve been in it for 40-plus years and my body’s telling me that it’s harder to get out there every day and do the things that I feel I need to do to do the job right. After 41 years of being in baseball and being married for 36, I’ve never spent a summer with my family, so I’m looking forward to that.
“It’s been a great honor to have played for and managed my hometown team.”
Wednesday’s win was also the 1,350th of Poldberg’s career, sixth among active minor league managers and second in franchise history behind Mike Jirschele.
“Unselfish commitment is the phrase that comes to mind when thinking of Poley’s coaching career,” Team President Martie Cordaro said. “He has dedicated his life to helping players realize their baseball goals and dreams.”
Poldberg led the Chasers to the Triple-A national championship in 2014, becoming the first manager since Jack McKeon in 1969 to win a league title in his first season with Omaha.
Prior to the Chasers, Poldberg was manager for six seasons at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, reaching the postseason his first four years. He also won the 1998 Carolina League title with Wilmington during his 33-year coaching career.
He was on Kansas City’s staff from 2004 to 2007, with stints as the big league club’s bullpen coach, first-base coach and third-base coach. And last year, when the minor league season was canceled due to pandemic, Poldberg ran the team’s alternate site in Kansas City, Kansas.
Current Chasers Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez have said how important last summer’s stint at the alternate site was to their development.
“(Poldberg) has touched every generation of player that we’ve had come through here, and future generations are going to be continually impacted because of his great effort,” Royals President Dayton Moore said.