Lake Erie Crushers
|Lake Erie Crushers|
|Founded in 2009
|General Manager:||Daniel Helm (Ryan Gates 2009-10)|
|The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram|
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.
Lake Erie Crushers roster
|Active (24-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
|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
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|
|2009||Andrew Davis||Third Base||Road Ranger Stadium
Loves Park, Illinois
|2010||Andrew Davis||Third Base||Rent One Park
|2011||Andrew Davis||Third Base||All Pro Freight Stadium
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.
- John Massarelli, Manager
- Dave Schaub, Hitting Coach
- Chris Steinborn, Pitching Coach
- Curt Ickes, Player Development Specialist
- Matt Yonkof, Athletic Trainer
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.
|East Division||West Division|
|Evansville Otters||Gateway Grizzlies|
|Florence Freedom||Joliet Slammers|
|Frontier Greys||Normal CornBelters|
|Lake Erie Crushers||River City Rascals|
|Southern Illinois Miners||Rockford Aviators|
|Traverse City Beach Bums||Schaumburg Boomers|
|Washington Wild Things||Windy City ThunderBolts|
|Annual events: Championship|