ST. LOUIS, MO., March 9, 2021 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they will be utilizing GCS Credit Union Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois as their Alternate Training Site beginning in April. GCS Credit Union Ballpark, opened in 2002, serves as the home of the Gateway Grizzlies of the 16-team Frontier League.
“We are pleased to have partnered with the Gateway Grizzlies and the Sauget community to serve as the hosts for our Alternate Training Site,” stated Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. “The close proximity of GCS Credit Union Ballpark to Busch Stadium and our Major League team is beneficial, and it provides the players with a professionally-run facility for their workouts while we continue to prepare for our season.”
“We are very excited to play a role in providing the Cardinals’ organization and players the support they need to succeed this season, and to showcase GCS Credit Union Ballpark in the process,” said Grizzlies managing partner Rich Sauget, Sr. “As the only two professional baseball teams in the St. Louis area, it makes perfect sense for the Gateway Grizzlies and the Cardinals to work together to help each other flourish. We will do everything in our power to help the players, coaches, and support staff feel right at home — after all, even if it’s from the other side of the river, they’ll still be able to see the Gateway Arch from the ballpark!”
“The Village of Sauget is thrilled to step up to the plate for the Cardinals and provide a platform for them to thrive at GCS Credit Union Ballpark,” stated Village of Sauget Mayor Rich Sauget Jr. “Sauget has long been the smallest town in America with professional baseball. Now we will get the chance to welcome an MLB franchise to show that, no matter its size, Sauget can shine on the biggest stage.”
The Alternate Training Site, utilized as a training base for players serving as taxi squad and possible roster call-ups while the minor leagues are still awaiting the start to their season, will host a maximum of 28 players who are all members of the Cardinals organization. The workouts at the Alternate Training Site will be run by the Cardinals triple-A Memphis coaching staff.
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