Lake Erie Crushers

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Lake Erie Crushers
Founded in 2009
Avon, Ohio
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Team logo Cap insignia
League affiliations
  • Lake Erie Crushers (2009-)
Team Colors
  • Black, Red, White
  • League titles: 1 (2009)
  • Division titles: 0
Steven Edelson
General Manager: Daniel Helm (Ryan Gates 2009-10)
Manager: Jeff Isom
The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram

The Lake Erie Crushers are a professional baseball team based in Avon, Ohio. It is a member of the independent Frontier League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

The Crushers won the 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.


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.

Edelson said any of the runner-up names could have been selected, but the team wanted a name that represented the area. The name recognized the vineyards in Lorain County and crushing grapes to make wine. Edelson said that the Crushers name also alluded to the industrial nature of the area. The mayor of Avon, Jim Smith, said the name is perfect because grapes and wine are an important part of this area's history. Several wineries remain active in the area, he added.

"Lake Erie Crushers is just about as good a name as you can possibly get", the mayor said.[1]


Lake Erie Crushers roster
Active (24-man) roster Coaches/Other


  • 37 Spencer Clifft
  • 35 Dale Dickerson
  • 14 Brad Duffy
  • 29 Michael Jahns
  • 26 Alex Kaminsky
  • 30 Trevor Longfellow
  • 31 Dave Middendorf
  •  7 Matt Rein
  • 19 Devyn Rivera
  • 12 Doug Shield
  • 23 Matt Smith
  • 36 Matt Suschak
  • 28 Jordan Wellander



  • 15 Emmanuel Quilles
  • 22 David Roney


  •  6 Kevin Berard
  •  4 Max Casper
  • 21 Andrew Davis
  •  2 J. C. Figueroa
  • 17 Russel Moldenhauer
  • 31 Juan Sánchez


  • 25 Daniel Bowman
  • 27 Guantlett Eldemire
  •  9 Seth Granger
  •  8 Ricardo Lizcano



Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated 5-15-2013


Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League)
Year W-L PCT Place Postseason 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.
Lake Erie Crushers
2010 50-46 .521 4th in FL East No Postseason River City Rascals
2011 51-45 .537 2nd in FL East Frontier League Division Series vs Joliet Slammers.
2012 53-42 .558 4th in FL East No Postseason Southern Illinois Miners

2011 All-Star Game[edit]

On July 13, 2011, the Lake Erie Crushers and All Pro Freight Stadium hosted the 2011 Frontier League All-Star Game. A total of eight Crushers were voted into the game by the Frontier League's managers, coaches, media, and front offices. There have been five fielders and three pitchers to play in the game for the Crushers with third baseman Andrew Davis being the only repeat All-Star.

Lake Erie Crushers All-Stars
Year Player Position Game Location
2009 Andrew Davis Third Base Road Ranger Stadium
Loves Park, Illinois
Tim Binkoski Outfielder
Luke Hetherington Outfielder
Gordon Gronkowski DH
Paul Fagan Pitcher
2010 Andrew Davis Third Base Rent One Park
Marion, Illinois
Jodam Rivera Shortstop
Josh Roberts Pitcher
Travis Risser Pitcher
Jeff Cinadr Pitcher
2011 Andrew Davis Third Base All Pro Freight Stadium
Avon, Ohio
Nick Mahin Outfielder
Kelyn Schellenberg Pitcher
Joel Collins Catcher
Kyle Shaffer Catcher


The Lake Erie Crushers are managed by John Massarelli, who is entering his third season with the Crushers. In 2009, he successfully led his squad to a 57-38 regular season record and ultimately, the Frontier League Championship. The 2010 season saw Lake Erie fall just five games short of the playoffs as the Crushers went 50-46 making the team's all-time record 107-84. Dave Schaub, Chris Steinborn and Curt Ickes each rejoin the Crushers for the 2011 season as well. New to the staff is Matt Yonkof, a Lorain County native. Matt will be the Crushers athletic trainer.[2]


The Crushers play at All Pro Freight 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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