October 24, 2014

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Crushers manager takes position closer to family

Jeff Isom

Jeff Isom

When Jeff Isom was hired as manager of the Lake Erie Crushers, he and the club agreed a one-year deal was the way to go.

After that one-year deal expired following the Crushers’ run to the 2013 Frontier League Championship Series, Isom began negotiations with the Crushers on a new deal. But then another opportunity came along that he couldn’t pass up.

The Joliet Slammers will introduce Isom as their new manager today after he signed a contract with the team Friday.

The biggest reason Isom left a team that was 56-40 to join a team that went 38-57 last season was family.

“The bottom line, it came down to me being two hours away from home (in Lafayette, Ind.) as opposed to being five-and-a-half hours,” Isom said. “My daughter is 12 and my son is 10, and this gives me the opportunity to spend more quality time with them while still doing what I love.”

Isom would also love to see pitching coach Chris Mongiardo take his place.

“He was a big reason for our success last season on the field because of the amount of work he put in with the pitching staff,” Isom said.

Crushers managing partner Steven Edelson said he’s down to two potential candidates for the managerial position. He would not comment on who those candidate are or Mongiardo’s chances.