SAUGET — The Gateway Grizzlies are happy to announce pitching coach Randy Martz and hitting coach Zach Borowiak are remaining on the staff for the 2014 season.
"We are excited to be able to bring back both Randy and Zach," Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said. "Both guys have previous playing experience at a high level and a lot of knowledge they can share with the players."
Martz enters his eighth season as the team's pitching coach. The former Major League pitcher has been with the team since Phil Warren was hired as the manager prior to the 2007 season. Martz spent seven years with the River City Rascals, three as their manager, before coming to the Grizzlies.
Martz was the 12th overall pick by the Chicago Cubs in the 1977 amateur draft. He spent the 1980-1982 seasons with the Cubs. Martz finished his career with one game in a Chicago White Sox uniform in 1983. He compiled a 17-19 record with seven saves in 68 appearances as a Major League pitcher.
During the offseason Martz is the head coach of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.
"Our team ERA has been near the top of the league the last two seasons and Randy is a big reason why," Warren stated. "The player's love having him around."
Borowiak begins his second season as Gateway's hitting coach. The Nashville, Ill., native spent 2011 as the team's bench/defense coach.
Borowiak, a teammate of Warren's in college at Southeast Missouri State University, played in the Boston Red Sox organization from 2003-2009 after being drafted in the 14th round of the 2003 draft out of SEMO. Borowiak drove in 205 runs in 604 career games, reaching Triple-A Pawtucket.
"Zach was a great hire for us last year and we are excited to have him for another season," Warren commented. "Not only does he help with our hitters, but he also works with our defense and plays a big part in aligning our defense during the game."
The Grizzlies 2014 regular season opener is on May 16 when they take on the Traverse City Beach Bums at GCS Ballpark. Season and group tickets are on sale now. For more information call 618-337-3000.