Jeff Isom spent just 11 months as the manager of the Lake Erie Crushers, but he made his mark.
Isom will be remembered for guiding the team back to the Frontier League Championship Series last summer after a four-year absence, but, less than a year after being hired to replace John Massarelli, he has stepped down from his post.
Crushers managing partner Steven Edelson confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Wednesday that Isom would not be back as manager, but stressed that it was not an ownership decision. He said the team and Isom plan on issuing a joint statement Friday to officially announce the move and he will elaborate further after that.
Isom didn’t return a message seeking comment.
The Crushers went 56-40 in 2013 and won their first division championship in their five-year history. The 56 wins are their second-most regular-season victories behind the 57 won by the 2009 championship team.
The Crushers outlasted the Traverse City Beach Bums, three games to two, in the division series, capping it with a dramatic 5-4 win in Game 5. However, Lake Erie was swept 3-0 by the Schaumburg Boomers in the championship series.
The 41-year-old Isom completed his 14th season as a professional manager — all at the minor league level. He is 720-710 in his career. Prior to the Crushers, he managed in the Milwaukee Brewers organization from 2007-12 and was a Frontier League manager for the Canton Crocodiles (2000-01), Washington Wild Things (2002-03) and Traverse City Beach Bums (2006).
The next manager the Crushers hire will be the team’s third in three seasons and third in franchise history. Edelson did say the search for a new general manager is still ongoing as well.
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