|League||Frontier League (West)|
|League championships||1 (2003)|
|Division championships||3 (2003, 2007, 2012)|
|Colors||Navy Blue, Orange, Green, White|
|General Manager||Steven 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.In 2002, GCS Ballpark (formerly GMC Stadium) opened and has remained the club's home since.
Professional sports, as opposed to amateur sports, are sports in which athletes receive payment for their performance. Professional athleticism has come to the fore through a combination of developments. Mass media and increased leisure have brought larger audiences, so that sports organizations or teams can command large incomes. As a result, more sportspeople can afford to make athleticism their primary career, devoting the training time necessary to increase skills, physical condition, and experience to modern levels of achievement. This proficiency has also helped boost the popularity of sports.
Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.
Sauget is a village in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. It is part of Greater St. Louis. The population was 159 at the 2010 census, down from 249 in 2000.
|Gateway Grizzlies (Frontier League)|
|2001||37-44||.457||5th in FL West|
|2002||34-50||.405||5th in FL West|
|2003||50-38||.554||1st in FL West||Won 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Washington Wildthings 2-0.|
Won Frontier League Championship vs. Evansville Otters 3-0.
|2004||56-38||.588||2nd in FL West||Lost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Rockford Riverhawks 3-2.|
|2005||49-47||.442||3rd in FL West|
|2006||42-52||.512||3rd in FL West|
|2007||64-29||.688||1st in FL West||Lost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Washington Wildthings 3-0.|
|2008||51-45||.531||3rd in FL West||Lost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Kalamazoo Kings 3-1.|
|2009||40-54||.426||5th in FL West|
|2010||54-40||.574||3rd in FL West|
|2011||39-56||.411||4th in FL West|
|2012||57-39||.594||1st in FL West||Lost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Florence Freedom 3-2.|
|2013||53-43||.552||2nd in FL West|
|2014||50-46||.521||3rd in FL West|
|2015||45-50||.474||4th in FL West|
|2016||44-51||.463||6th in FL West|
|2017||32-64||.333||6th in FL West|
|2018||38-58||.396||6th in FL West|
|Playoffs||10-12||.454||3 Division Titles. 5 Playoff Appearances. 1 Championship.|
Gateway Grizzlies roster
|Active (24-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
Kenneth Raymond Oberkfell is an American former Major League Baseball third baseman. He played from 1977 to 1992 for six different teams. Oberkfell primarily played third base but he also played over 400 career games at second base. After retiring as a player, Oberkfell served as a baseball coach. He has primarily coached in the minor leagues, but he spent the part of the 2008 as the New York Mets first base coach and spent the 2011 season as the Mets bench coach. He is currently the hitting coach for the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League.
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