The Lincoln Saltdogs have announced James Frisbie as their next manager. Frisbie spent the 2019 season as the Gateway Grizzlies pitching coach. He led the Grizzlies pitching staff to a 4.03 ERA last season, down nearly an entire run from the 2018 campaign.
Frisbie has a long history of managing and coaching in independent professional baseball. In 2018, Frisbie was the field manager for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League, a role that he assumed on an interim basis midway through 2017.
When asked about Frisbie’s new opportunity Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said, “I’m happy for Friz. As good of a pitching coach that he is, his aspirations have always been to manage at the professional level. I appreciate his body of work with us, on and off the field, during the 2019 campaign. He’s a good friend and will always be a good connection for us outside of the Frontier League. I wish him nothing but success in Lincoln.”
Frisbie’s managerial experience has included stops in Rio Grande Valley (2003), Bradenton (2007), Rockford (2013-2015), Texas (2016) and Southern Maryland. He managed the West Division team for the 2015 Frontier League All-Star Game en route to leading the Aviators to their first playoff berth in eight seasons. He also led Southern Maryland to the 2017 Atlantic League playoffs.
“James made a tremendous impact on our organization. Friz brought a great intensity to the field every single day. We wish him all the best.” Said Grizzlies general manager Steve Gomric when asked about Frisbie.
“Friz” will be the Saltdogs eighth manager.
ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I-255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find – affordable, family, fun in the comfortable GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000.
ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 10 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year.