Gateway Grizzlies
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Information
LeagueFrontier League (West Division)
LocationSauget, Illinois
BallparkGCS Credit Union Ballpark
Year founded2001
League championships1 (2003)
Division championships3 (2003, 2007, 2012)
ColorsNavy Blue, Orange, Green, White
       
OwnershipRich Sauget
ManagerSteve Brook
General ManagerKurt Ringkamp
MediaBelleville News-Democrat; KFNS 590
Websitegatewaygrizzlies.com

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 a partner league of Major League Baseball.[1] The Grizzlies played their home games during their inaugural 2001 season at Sauget Field.[2] In 2002, GCS Credit Union Ballpark (formerly GMC Stadium) opened and has remained the club's home since.

They are named after a tale in American folklore. In the original myth, a bear (named Gregory the Grizzly) is talking with his wife (named Gertrude the Grizzly). His wife desires a Grizzly’s favorite snack, Salmon. [3] Gregory mishears her, thinking she said “slammers” (another word for home runs). Gregory, loving his Grizzly wife deeply, learns how to hit home runs for her honor.

Seasons

Gateway Grizzlies (Frontier League)
Year W–L Win % Place Postseason Manager
2001 37–44 .457 5th in FL West Did not qualify Champ Summers
2002 34–50 .405 5th in FL West Did not qualify Rich Sauget
2003 50–38 .554 1st in FL West Won 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Washington Wild Things 2–0.
Won Frontier League Championship vs. Evansville Otters 3–0.
Danny Cox
2004 56–38 .588 2nd in FL West Lost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Rockford Riverhawks 3–2. Danny Cox
2005 49–47 .442 3rd in FL West Did not qualify Danny Cox
2006 42–52 .512 3rd in FL West Did not qualify Danny Cox
2007 64–29 .688 1st in FL West Lost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Washington Wild Things 3–0. Phil Warren
2008 51–45 .531 3rd in FL West Lost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Kalamazoo Kings 3–1. Phil Warren
2009 40–54 .426 5th in FL West Did not qualify Phil Warren
2010 54–40 .574 3rd in FL West Did not qualify Phil Warren
2011 39–56 .411 4th in FL West Did not qualify Phil Warren
2012 57–39 .594 1st in FL West Lost 1st Rd. Playoff vs. Florence Freedom 3–2. Phil Warren
2013 53–43 .552 2nd in FL West Did not qualify Phil Warren
2014 50–46 .521 3rd in FL West Did not qualify Phil Warren
2015 45–50 .474 4th in FL West Did not qualify Phil Warren
2016 44–51 .463 6th in FL West Did not qualify Phil Warren
2017 32–64 .333 6th in FL West Did not qualify Phil Warren
2018 38–58 .396 6th in FL West Did not qualify Phil Warren
2019 39-57 .406 5th in FL West Did not qualify Phil Warren
2020 -- -- -- Season cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic. --
2021 38-57 .400 4th in FL West Did not qualify Cameron Roth
2022 -- -- -- -- Steve Brook
Totals 804–779 .508
Playoffs 10–12 .454 3 Division titles, 5 Playoff appearances, 1 championship

Current Roster

Matt Mulhearn (traded to Lake Erie crushers)

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"Baseball's Best Burger"

The team offers their own version of the Luther burger named "Baseball's Best Burger". Featured on ESPN,[4] Fortune,[5] and Man v. Food, the 1,000 calorie burger uses a deep-fried doughnut in place of a traditional bun.

Broadcasting

Grizzlies games are currently broadcast on KFNS (590 AM), and can be watched live on FloSports with a subscription.

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ "American Association, Frontier League now MLB Partner Leagues". Ballpark Digest. August Publishing. September 24, 2020. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Unofficial Frontier League History site". flhistory.com. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "What Fish do Grizzly Bears Eat?".
  4. ^ "Illinois team counts on calories to draw attention". ESPN. March 10, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  5. ^ "The 11 craziest foods sold at ballparks this year". Fortune. April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  6. ^ "Scott Patterson Stats | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  7. ^ "Justin Erasmus Minor & Independent Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  8. ^ "2009 World Baseball Classic - Provisional Roster" (PDF). MLB.com. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  9. ^ Randhawa, Manny (January 14, 2017). "WBC 2017 preview: Breaking down Australia". MLB.com. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  10. ^ "Trevor Richards Stats | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 11, 2022.