Lake Erie Crushers Baseball Avon Ohio just 30-mins from downtown Cleveland, Ohio offer a fun family atmosphere with affordable ticket prices. The Lake Erie Crushers began play in 2009, and won the Frontier League championship in their inaugural season. The team plays its home games at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, which has a seating capacity of 5,000. The team's name, "Crushers," refers to the grape-growing industry in the Lake Erie region, which is known for producing a large number of grapes used in wine making.
The Crushers have made several playoff appearances since their championship season, including a runner-up finish in 2013. The team has also been successful in the annual Frontier League All-Star Game, with several players earning MVP honors.
In addition to its on-field success, the Crushers have been recognized for their community involvement, with players and staff participating in numerous events and programs throughout the year. The team has also been recognized for its commitment to sustainability, with initiatives such as recycling programs and the use of solar panels at the stadium.
Avon Professional Baseball unveiled the name and logo on Thursday, December 4, 2008, of the Frontier League team that would 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 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.
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.