Lake Erie Crushers
The Lake Erie Crushers are a professional baseball team based in Avon, Ohio, a city on the southern shore of Lake Erie. It is a member of the independent Frontier League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.
|Lake Erie Crushers|
|League||Frontier League (East Division)|
|League championships||1 (2009)|
|Division championships||2 (2013, 2019)|
|Ownership||Blue Dog Baseball, LLC|
Avon Professional Baseball unveiled the name and logo on Thursday, December 4, 2008, of the Frontier League team that will begin play in Avon. The name was chosen from entries submitted in a "Name the Team" contest sponsored by The Morning Journal. The owner of the team, Steven Edelson, said more than 800 team name ideas were submitted.
After years of talk, Frontier League officials decided to put a team in Lorain County. After initially hinting it would be in Lorain, they decided to go with Avon because, rumor was they were not happy with the stadium Lorain was offering them, which is now known as The Pipe Yard.
The "Name the Team" contest was launched in October, and the hundreds of entries were whittled down. Fans then voted on finalist selections, choosing from Ohio, Lorain County, Avon, Cleveland or Lake Erie for the team location name and the Groove, Ironmen, Red Tails, Artichokes, Crushers, Walleyes, and Woollies for the team name.
In their inaugural season in 2009, the Lake Erie Crushers won the Frontier League championship after a 57-38 regular season. They rallied to eliminate the Kalamazoo Kings, three games to two, before rallying from a 2-0 series deficit to defeat the River City Rascals in the Frontier League Championship Series, 3-2, with a 13-10 Game 5 victory on the road on Sept. 23, 2009.
The Crushers also reached the Frontier League postseason in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2019. They reached the Frontier League Championship Series once during that span, being swept by the Schaumburg Boomers, three games to none.
In February 2016, Edelson sold the team to Tom & Jacqueline Kramig of Blue Dog Baseball LLC. The Kramigs are on-site owner/operators who are planning several significant upgrades to the team and the ballpark in conjunction with the City of Avon.
|Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League)|
|Year||W-L||PCT||Place||Postseason||Manager||Frontier League Champions|
|2009||57-38||.600||2nd in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Defeated the Kalamazoo Kings 3-2.|
Frontier League Championship Series: Defeated the River City Rascals 3-2.
|John Massarelli||Lake Erie Crushers|
|2010||50-46||.521||4th in FL East||No Postseason||John Massarelli||River City Rascals|
|2011||51-45||.537||2nd in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Lost to Joliet Slammers 0-3.||John Massarelli||Joliet Slammers|
|2012||53-42||.558||4th in FL East||No Postseason||John Massarelli||Southern Illinois Miners|
|2013||56-40||.583||1st in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Defeated the Traverse City Beach Bums 3-1. |
Frontier League Championship Series: Lost to the Schaumburg Boomers 0-3.
|Jeff Isom||Schaumburg Boomers|
|2014||52-43||.547||4th in FL East||Frontier League Wild Card: Lost to the Schaumburg Boomers 1-0.||Chris Mongiardo||Schaumburg Boomers|
|2015||38-57||.400||6th in FL East||No Postseason||Chris Mongiardo||Traverse City Beach Bums|
|2016||48-48||.500||2nd in FL East||No Postseason||Chris Mongiardo/Cam Roth||Evansville Otters|
|2017||45-51||.469||4th in FL East||No Postseason||Cam Roth||Schaumburg Boomers|
|2018||50-46||.521||3rd in FL East||No Postseason||Cam Roth||Joliet Slammers|
|2019||54-42||.563||1st in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Lost to Florence Freedom 0-3.||Cam Roth||River City Rascals|
|Overall||554-498||.527||---||Overall Postseason (5 appearances, 2 division titles, 1 runner-up finish, 1 championship): 9-15, .375||---||---|
Lake Erie Crushers roster
|Active (24-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
The Crushers play at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, Ohio, which has been their home since their inception in 2009. The stadium, built and owned by the City of Avon, has a capacity of 5,000, including 3,000 box seats, 11 private suites, four-person terrace tables, berm seating and picnic and patio areas for group outings. The playing surface is artificial turf, and includes concession stands, a gift shop and a state-of-the-art sound system.