Lake Erie Crushers

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Lake Erie Crushers
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Team logo Cap insignia
Information
League Frontier League (East Division)
Location Avon, Ohio
Ballpark Sprenger Stadium
Year founded 2009
League championships 1 (2009)
Division championships 1 (2013)
Colors Purple, white
         
Ownership Blue Dog Baseball, LLC
Manager Cameron Roth
Media Elyria Chronicle-Telegram
Website lakeeriecrushers.com

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.

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.

History[edit]

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 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.[1]

Seasons[edit]

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 0-2. 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

Current roster[edit]

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

Pitchers

  • 23 Manny Arciniega
  • 14 Nick Bozman
  • 39 Juan Caballero Injury icon 2.svg
  • 17 Keegan Ghidotti
  • 21 Steve Hagen
  • 37 Josh Heddinger
  • 25 Diego Ibarra
  • 29 Chandler Jagodzinski
  • 28 Seth Lucio
  • 16 Adam Quintana
  •  7 Connor Reed
  • 19 Jusin Sinibaldi
  • 26 Andrew Utterback



 

Catchers

  • 32 Tanner Lubach
  • 34 Brandon Oliver

Infielders

  •  4 Matt Casper Injury icon 2.svg
  • 20 Jordan Dean
  •  9 Nate Ferrell
  • 12 Cody Lenahan
  • 45 Derek Shomon

Outfielders

  •  5 Connor Hofmann
  • 15 Sean Hurley
  •  6 Josh McAdams
  •  3 Parker Norris
  •  8 Connor Oliver
  • 10 Robb Paller
 

Manager

  • 27 Cam Roth

Coaches

  •    Rob Brown (Equipment Manager)
  •    Chris Faber (Clubhouse Manager)
  •    Bree Fortney (Trainer)
  • 35 Austin Gallagher (Hitting Coach)
  • 22 Mike Nannini (Pitching Coach)
  •  2 Emmanuel Quilles (Bench Coach)

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

Roster updated May 12, 2017
Transactions

Stadium[edit]

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.

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