Lake Erie Crushers
|Lake Erie Crushers|
|League||Frontier League (East Division)|
|Ballpark||All Pro Freight Stadium|
|League championships||1 (2009)|
|Division championships||1 (2013)|
|Colors||Black, Red, White
|General Manager||Daniel Helm (Ryan Gates 2009-10)|
|Media||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 (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: Lost to Joliet Slammers 0-2.||Joliet Slammers|
|2012||53-42||.558||4th in FL East||No Postseason||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.
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 12 fielders and seven pitchers to play in the game for the Crushers with Andrew Davis and Paul Fagan being the only repeat All-Stars.
|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
|2012||Paul Fagan||Pitcher||The Corn Crib
|2013||Andrew Davis||Third Base||Consol Energy Park
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.