Storm Chasers hold open practice ahead of season opener

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Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 11:34 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Despite an offseason lockout that lasted 99 days, professional baseball returns this week. The Omaha Storm Chasers held an open practice Sunday at Werner Park before they head to Indianapolis for their season opener Tuesday.

Besides playing in April for the first time since 2019, also returning to Omaha this season is the Chasers’ new manager Scott Thorman. No stranger to the organization, Thorman played for the Omaha Royals in 2009 and 2010 and has served as a manager in Kansas City’s various minor league clubhouses for seven years.

Several current Storm Chasers know Thorman, having already played under him in the minor leagues.

”I’ve had the opportunity to play with Thor since 2018. 2018, 2019, last year half the season and now going on year number four. We built a really great relationship and looking forward to continuing to do that. He’s an awesome manager and I’m really excited to play for him again,” said catcher MJ Melendez.

”He had ma as a pup. Him and I have had, I think this is our fourth full season, minus COVID so technically five. He’s been able to point me in some really great directions and we’ve built that relationship,” said first baseman and outfielder Nick Pratto.

“It’s pretty neat to watch their progressions as young players and young men. When we started some of these guys were still in their teens. And now here we are. We’ve got husbands, fathers, dads. It’s pretty neat to watch their progress and to get them that one step away from the big leagues,” said Thorman.

Thorman spent two seasons with the Atlanta Braves in 2006 and 2007.

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