SAUGET — The Gateway Grizzlies have announced that vetrean manager Phil Warren will be returning for the 2014 season.
The 2014 campaign will mark Warren's eighth season as the skipper of the Grizzlies. The St. Louis native is the longest tenured manager in Grizzlies history.
There's no place the Grizzlies skipper said he would rather be.
"I love it here at Gateway," Warren said. "Our goal in 2014 will be the same that it always is. We are aiming to bring a championship back to Gateway."
Warren played well for the Grizzlies for three seasons in the early 2000's and was a member of the Frontier League championship team. Warren will enter 2014 with 359 career managerial wins, good for the most in team history and sixth most in league history.
A former star at Vianney High School and Southeast Missouri State University, Warren has led the Grizzlies to 54 wins or more in three of the last four seasons, including a West Division Title in 2012.
His 2013 team finished 54-42 and only one game short of the postseason. Injuries and player call-ups to affiliated ball hurt the team down the stretch run.
Grizzlies general manager Steve Gomric said the decision was an easy one to make.
"Phil has done an outstanding job as our manager," Gomric said. "We're thrilled to have him back for another year."
Warren and former Grizzlies hitting coach Darin Kinsolving own the Grizzlies Baseball Academy.
Lessons can be booked at the Grizzlies Baseball Academy by calling 618-781-8170. Warren, Kinsolving, Joliet Slammers manager Mike Breyman and Grizzlies relief pitcher Richard Barrett serve as the instructors. More information can be found at www.grizzliesbaseballacademy.com.
In addition, 2014 Grizzliesseason tickets are on sale now. For more information, call 618-337-3000.