Omaha Wins PCL, Plays In Triple-A Championship Game Tonight

Congratulations to the Omaha Storm Chasers, who won the PCL Championship by defeating Salt Lake in a best-of-five series over the weekend.

It’s the second PCL title in the last three years for the Kansas City Royals Triple-A club, which also won it all in 2011.

The result is more proof that anything can happen in the baseball postseason. Omaha entered the playoffs with a losing record (70-74), but that was good enough to win its division. In the playoffs, Omaha got red-hot, winning six of seven postseason games.

It was a stunning result. Not only was Omaha a mediocre team all season, but their parent club is in the wild card hunt – so they called up a half-dozen Omaha players before the PCL playoffs even started. Many of Omaha’s playoff heroes spent the majority of the season with the Royals Double-A team.

Tonight Omaha meets the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay) in the Triple-A National Championship Game. It’s a one-game exhibition between the champions of the Pacific Coast League and the International League.

The game starts at 4:00 (Pacific) and will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus). The game is played at a neutral site: this year it is being hosted by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, who have a nice new stadium in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Durham starts RHP Jake Odorizzi – who actually pitched for Omaha last year; he was traded to Tampa over the winter in the James Shields / Wil Myers blockbuster. Omaha starts LHP Chris Dwyer.

I’ve scoured the rosters of both teams, finding just one former Tacoma Rainiers contributor: Durham Bulls hitting coach Dave Myers managed Tacoma from 1997 to 2000, before serving as Mariners third base coach for four years. Dave still lives here in Gig Harbor.

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I’ll be watching the Triple-A game tonight – it’s the last minor league baseball game of the year.

One Response to Omaha Wins PCL, Plays In Triple-A Championship Game Tonight

  1. Mac says:

    Do you have any information on where any of the guys will be playing winter ball?

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