Omaha will not have a professional baseball season this year for the first time since the Kansas City Royals’ Triple-A affiliate began playing there in 1969. 

Minor League Baseball canceled the season after Major League Baseball announced it would not stock its affiliated minor league clubs with players.  The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor league governing body, announced the cancellation yesterday. 

The minors drew 41.5 million fans last year for 176 teams in 15 leagues.  This season was to have marked the 10th anniversary of the Omaha Storm Chasers in Werner Park.  It now marks the first year with no minor league baseball in the country since 1901.