Poldberg Named Storm Chaser Skipper

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The Kansas City Royals announced Friday that Brian Poldberg will replace Mike Jirschele as manager of the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers.

Jirschele was promoted last month to be a coach for the Royals. Omaha pitching coach Larry Carter and hitting coach Tommy Gregg will return in the same roles for the 2014 season.

The promotion is Poldberg's first to a Triple-A manager position after leading the Royals Double-A Affiliate, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, for the last six seasons compiling a record of 424-412. He guided the Naturals to four straight Texas League postseason appearances from 2008-11, winning the 2010 Texas League Championship.

The 56-year-old Poldberg was born in Omaha and lives in Carter Lake.

Poldberg began his coaching career in 1987 and managed at multiple levels of the Kansas City organization from 1988-1996 with the exception of the 1991 season when he served as Omaha's hitting coach under manager Sal Rende. He was manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks during the 1998 season and has worked as the Royals minor league catching instructor for seven seasons.

Poldberg played for the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals organizations across seven seasons totaling 382 games, but never reached the Major Leagues. He was a catcher/first baseman for Omaha during the 1983-1985 seasons, playing a total of 179 games.

Poldberg is the sixth manager in team history that has also played for Omaha and trails only Ron Johnson's 329 games for the most as a former player before becoming manager.

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