Gateway Grizzlies

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Gateway Grizzlies
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Team logoCap insignia
League Frontier League (West)
Location Sauget, Illinois
Ballpark GCS Ballpark
Year founded 2001
League championships1 (2003)
Division championships3 (2003, 2007, 2012)
ColorsNavy Blue, Orange, Green, White
OwnershipRich Sauget
Manager Phil Warren
General ManagerSteven Gomric
Media Belleville News-Democrat; KXFN 1380

The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team based in the St. Louis suburb of Sauget, Illinois, in the United States. The Grizzlies are a member of the West Division of the Frontier League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Grizzlies played their home games during their inaugural 2001 season at Sauget Field. [1] In 2002, GCS Ballpark (formerly GMC Stadium) opened and has remained the club's home since.

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Gateway Grizzlies (Frontier League)
200137-44.4575th in FL West
200234-50.4055th in FL West
200350-38.5541st in FL WestWon 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Washington Wildthings 2-0.
Won Frontier League Championship vs. Evansville Otters 3-0.
200456-38.5882nd in FL WestLost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Rockford Riverhawks 3-2.
200549-47.4423rd in FL West
200642-52.5123rd in FL West
200764-29.6881st in FL WestLost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Washington Wildthings 3-0.
200851-45.5313rd in FL WestLost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Kalamazoo Kings 3-1.
200940-54.4265th in FL West
201054-40.5743rd in FL West
201139-56.4114th in FL West
201257-39.5941st in FL WestLost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Florence Freedom 3-2.
201353-43.5522nd in FL West
201450-46.5213rd in FL West
201545-50.4744th in FL West
201644-51.4636th in FL West
201732-64.3336th in FL West
201838-58.3966th in FL West
Playoffs10-12.4543 Division Titles. 5 Playoff Appearances. 1 Championship.

Current roster

Gateway Grizzlies roster
Active (24-man) rosterCoaches/Other


  • 21 William Anderson
  • 45 Grant Black
  • 12 Patrick Boyle
  • 25 Mike Elwood
  • 11 Colton Freeman
  • 22 Josh Glick
  • 36 Alec Kisena
  •  4 Max MacNaab
  • 32 Ryan McSweeney
  •  6 Justin Murphy
  • 14 Dalton Shalberg
  • 39 Kyle Simmons
  • 19 Dakota Smith
  • 28 Austin Sweet


  •  7 Jhonniel Alvarez
  • 30 Brennan Morgan


  • 15 Jeff Cardenas
  •  8 Joel McKeithan
  • 13 Jonathan Piron
  •  5 Brent Sakurai
  • 16 Trae Santos


  • 24 Blake Brown
  •  2 Matt Hearn
  •  1 Cody Livesay
  • 20 Terry McClure


  • Phil Warren


  • Richard Barrett (Pitching)
  • Zach Borowiak (Assistant)
  • Darin Kinsolving (Assistant)
  • Geof Manzo (Trainer)
  • Ken Oberkfell (Hitting)
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‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster  updated May 10, 2018

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  1. "Unofficial Frontier League History site". Archived from the original on May 21, 2012.