Lake Erie Crushers
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Information
LeagueFrontier League (West Division)
LocationAvon, Ohio
BallparkMercy Health Stadium
Year founded2009
League championships1 (2009)
Division championships2 (2013, 2019)
ColorsPurple, white
   
OwnershipBlue Dog Baseball, LLC
ManagerCam Roth
MediaElyria Chronicle-Telegram, The Morning Journal
Websitelakeeriecrushers.com

The Lake Erie Crushers are a professional baseball team based in Avon, Ohio, a city on the southern shore of Lake Erie. They are members of the West Division of the Frontier League, an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Crushers won the 2009 Frontier League championship in their inaugural season. They defeated the River City Rascals, three games to two, after losing the first two games of the series.

History

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.[1]

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.

On March 15, 2017, the Lake Erie Crushers unveiled new logos and uniforms that allude to the viticulture of the Great Lakes region. Purple and white replaced the original colors of black and red.[2]

Seasons

Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League)
Year W–L Win % Place Postseason Manager
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
2010 50–46 .521 4th in FL East No Postseason, did not qualify John Massarelli
2011 51–45 .537 2nd in FL East Frontier League Division Series: Lost to Joliet Slammers 3–0. John Massarelli
2012 53–42 .558 4th in FL East No Postseason, did not qualify John Massarelli
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 3–0.
Jeff Isom
2014 52–43 .547 4th in FL East Frontier League Wild Card: Lost to the Schaumburg Boomers 1–0. Chris Mongiardo
2015 38–57 .400 6th in FL East No Postseason, did not qualify Chris Mongiardo
2016 48–48 .500 2nd in FL East No Postseason, did not qualify Chris Mongiardo/Cam Roth
2017 45–51 .469 4th in FL East No Postseason, did not qualify Cam Roth
2018 50–46 .521 3rd in FL East No Postseason, did not qualify Cam Roth
2019 54–42 .563 1st in FL East Frontier League Division Series: Lost to Florence Freedom 3–0. Cam Roth
2020 —— —— —— Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic ——
2021 41–55 .427 3rd in FL East No Postseason, did not qualify Dan Rohn
2022 -- -- -- -- Cam Roth
Totals 554–498 .527 5 appearances, 2 division titles, 1 runner-up finish, 1 championship; 9–15, .375

Current roster

Active (24-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Wes Albert
  • -- Jay Alvarez
  • -- Leonel Aponte ‡
  • -- Brock Begue
  • -- Brendan Bell
  • -- Moises Castellanos
  • -- Jesus Chavez
  • -- Steven Colon
  • -- Merrick Crouse
  • 10 Sam Curtis
  • 26 Tanner Driskill ‡
  • -- Marco Gonzalez
  • 97 Gunnar Kines
  • 37 Dillon Larsen
  • -- Gleyvin Pineda
  • -- Jordan Powell
  • -- Kaleb Schmidt
  • -- Joseph Sgambelluri
  • -- Julio Vivas ‡
  • 22 Ean Walda
  • -- Kenny Wells



 

Catchers

  • -- Nick Cicci
  • 14 Bryan De La Rosa ‡
  • -- Angel Guzman
  • -- Marshall Skinner

Infielders

  • -- Sam Abbott
  • -- Osvaldo Abreu ‡
  •  8 Dale Burdick ‡
  • -- Kokko Figuieredo
  • -- Bryant Flete
  • -- Kenen Irizarry
  • -- Zach May
  • -- Jose Mercado
  • -- Danny Perez
  • -- Jackson Valera ‡
  • -- Jarrod Watkins
  • -- Brandon Zaragoza

Outfielders

  • -- Jack Harris
  • -- Alonzo Jones
  •  7 Steven Kraft ‡
  • -- Andres Luna
  • -- Jared Mang
 

Manager

  • -- Cam Roth

Coaches

  • -- Greg Cadaret (Pitching)
  • -- James Keller (Coach)
  • -- Maikol Gonzalez (Hitting)

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Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated April 19, 2022
Transactions

Notable alumni

Stadium

Main article: Mercy Health Stadium

The Crushers play at Mercy Health 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.

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