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DARIN KINSOLVING TO LEAD RETRO!

We are proud to announce the addition of Darin Kinsolving to the Retro family. Darin is no stranger to youth baseball in the Metro-East and will certainly make a positive impact on the Retro Baseball Club experience.

Darin is currently a professional hitting instructor as well as Co-Owner of Grizzlies Baseball Academy, alongside Gateway Grizzlies Manager and Retro’s Director of Baseball Operations, Phil Warren. Together, Darin and Phil will make up the Baseball Operations department of Retro Baseball Club.  Darin will most certainly be a “face of the organization” moving forward.

Darin Kinsolving – Retro Baseball Club Director of Operations: 

“I’m excited to work with all the players, coaches, and parents in an effort to help make the Retro Organization even better.  We have a strong nucleus of management that knows exactly what it takes to help mold the players into fine young men off the field and successful baseball players on the field.  I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to being a part of the Retro Family!”

Gregg Edwards – Retro Baseball Club GM:

“We, as a staff, feel very fortunate to be having someone like Darin (DK) becoming a member of our leadership group.  DK will bring the day to day consistency in communication we have been missing since Mike Wilhelm stepped down.  DK will bring a level of progression to Retro’s growth as an organization, both internally and externally. Having DK being recognized as a face of Retro’s organization gives the program validity in additional circles of the amateur baseball network which we may not have been necessarily experiencing in the past.”

Phil Warren – Retro Baseball Club Director of Baseball Operations:

“I’m extremely excited about the addition of Darin to the Retro family.  I’ve been close to Darin for over 20 years and know that he brings nothing less than professionalism to the table.  There is no doubt that our players and coaches will benefit from Darin’s instruction, baseball expertise, and collegiate reach throughout the country.  Our Retro parents will also benefit from the addition of Darin by way of his handling of the Retro day-to-day operations and his efforts to ultimately enhance the Retro Baseball Club experience for all.”

DK’s experience includes:

High School…

– East Prairie High School
– 1996 Graduate

College…

– Southeast Missouri State University
– May 2002 Graduate
– Major in Sports Management/ Minor in Marketing
– Division I Baseball Scholarship
– Honorable Mention All Ohio Valley Conference 3rd Base 1998
– Won Ohio Valley Conference Tournament 1998 – Advanced to   Regionals
– Played in the Northeast Collegiate Baseball League 1998
– Awarded team MVP in the Northeast Collegiate League 1998
– 1st team All Ohio Valley Conference 1st Base 2000
– All OVC Tournament Team 3rd Base 2000
– 2nd all-time at Southeast Missouri State in career home runs
– Top 10 all-time at Southeast Missouri State in RBI

Professional…

– 6 years professional experience-Frontier League/ Northern League
– 2 time team MVP
– 2 time Frontier League All-Star
– Participated in Frontier League All-Star Homerun Derby 2002
– Frontier League All-Star (post-season selection) 2003
– Runner-up Frontier League MVP 2003
– 4th all-time in Frontier League in homeruns
– Former Gateway Grizzlies Hitting Coach

Currently…

– CO-OWNER of Grizzlies Baseball Academy
– Hitting Instructor @ Grizzlies Baseball Academy

 

RETRO TRYOUT ALERT!

RETRO PLAYER TRYOUTS  2017-2018

Retro Baseball Club is holding player tryouts for 2017-2018.  

Interested in joining Retro Baseball Club?

Click on registration form below for all the details!

 

INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT

PHIL WARREN

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PHIL WARRENMANAGER OF THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES & CO-OWNER OF GBA

Along with former Gateway Grizzlies hitting coach Darin Kinsolving, Phil Warren is the owner of the Grizzlies Baseball Academy.

Warren is also the manager of the Grizzlies.  2014 will mark Warren’s eighth season as the skipper of the Grizzlies.  The St. Louis native is the longest tenured manager in Grizzlies history.

“I am truly blessed to have the opportunities in front of me that I do.  I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my wife, the guidance and quality up-bringing of my parents, the teamwork and companionship of my staff with the Gateway Grizzlies and Grizzlies Baseball Academy, and the trust and commitment of Rich Sauget and the Gateway Grizzlies Organization.  I enjoy helping develop youth baseball players in the Metro-East as well as Manage the Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Team in our quest for a Frontier League Championship.  It is a pleasure to be an integral component in our owner Rich Sauget’s mission to provide an affordable, family-friendly, fun, and complete baseball experience here at GCS Ballpark.”

Warren will enter 2014 with 356 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 53-43 and only one game short of the postseason.

“Phil has done an outstanding job as our manager,” Grizzlies general manager Steve Gomric said.  “We’re thrilled to have him back for another year.”

In 2010, Warren passed former manager Danny Cox to become the franchise’s all-time leader in managerial wins.

Warren guided the Grizzlies to a second-half turnaround and a second straight post-season appearance in his second season in the dugout in 2008. He led the club to a franchise-record 64 wins, and the West Division title in his inaugural season as the skipper.

The former Frontier League All-Star spent the 2006 season as the Director of Player Personnel and was named as the fourth manager in franchise history November 3, 2006.

Prior to the 2006 season, he spent three seasons on the playing field for the Grizzlies and parts of six seasons total in the Frontier League. Warren retired following the 2005 season, holding many of the Grizzlies career offensive records including most games, most hits, most home runs and most RBIs. Warren held 11 total Grizzlies career offensive records when he retired as a player.

Prior to his Frontier League career, the St. Louis native played baseball at SEMO. Warren played high school baseball and soccer at Vianney High School.

Warren continues to work closely with little leagues in the Metro East and the St. Louis area. He will direct Grizzlies Summer camps at GCS Ballpark and local league facilities.

Phil and his wife Sarah reside in Freeburg, Illinois along with their three labrador retrievers.

INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT

MIKE BREYMAN

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Mike Breyman – Gateway Grizzlies Coach

 

Mike Breyman serves as the primary hitting instructor at the Grizzlies Baseball Academy. Breyman, 32, spent seven years with the Gateway Grizzlies as a player or coach before being named the manager of the Joliet Slammers prior to the 2013 season. In 2014, he will serve as the team’s bench coach while continuing to do lessons at the Academy.  Breyman will join hitting coach Zach Borowiak and pitching coach Randy Martz on eighth-year manager Phil Warren’s staff. “Mike has done a tremendous job teaching baseball at the Academy,” Warren said.  “He’s knowledgeable about the game and interacts well with the young kids.  We’re thrilled to have him.” Breyman served as the Grizzlies hitting coach during the 2012 season, helping lead the team to a 57-win season, a West Division title and the team’s first playoff appearance since 2008.  Under Breyman’s direction, the Grizzlies finished second in the league in runs and displayed impressive improvements at the plate. “I love teaching the game of baseball at both the youth and professional levels,” Breyman remarked.  “It’s exhilarating for me to see a kid have success on the field after I work with him.” A native of Attica, OH and current resident of Belleville, IL, the father of two played for the Grizzlies from 2004-2008 and held the role of bench coach during the 2009 season.  He was the hitting coach of the River City Rascals in 2010 and 2011. During his playing career, Breyman put up monster numbers en route to being one of the most prolific hitters to ever wear the Gateway uniform.  Upon his retirement as a player in 2008, Breyman held nearly every offensive record for the Grizzlies, including most hits, RBI and total bases.  He also smacked 82 home runs over parts of five seasons with the Grizzlies. Breyman enjoyed a record-setting high school career in Ohio, batting .810 during his senior season.  That record still stands as the highest single season batting average in the history of high school baseball in the United States.  Breyman carried that success into a great college career at the University of Kentucky.