CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Coco Crisp is set for a return to the baseball diamond, for a limited engagement.
Just as they did with former Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner, the Lake Erie Crushers signed Crisp to a one-game contract, and he will suit up for the Frontier League team on Saturday, August 3 at Sprenger Stadium in Avon.
Along with playing in the game in early August, Crisp will be honored with his own bobblehead on June 22.
“It’s an honor to have Coco Crisp play for the Crushers this summer, similar to what we did with Travis Hafner in 2018,” Crushers co-owner Tom Kramig said in a release announcing the signing. “We think the fans will really enjoying seeing Coco again, and it should be a great night out at Sprenger Stadium.”
Over his 15-year career in Major League Baseball, Crisp had a .265 batting average (1,572 for 5,930) with 495 extra-base hits, including 308 doubles, 57 triples and 130 home runs with 639 RBI and 877 runs scored between stops with the Indians (2002-2005, 2016), Boston Red Sox (2006-2008), Kansas City Royals (2009) and Oakland Athletics (2010-2016).
During his two stints with the Indians, Crisp hit .285 (478 of 1,679) with 93 doubles, 14 triples, 37 home runs and 184 RBI in 435 regular-season games. In 2005, the Los Angeles, California, native was fifth in the American League with 42 doubles.
Additionally, Crisp scored 244 runs and stole 57 bases in an Indians uniform.
A veteran of 43 postseason games, Crisp had a .269 batting average with two home runs, including one in the Indians’ American League Division Series-clinching win at Boston’s Fenway Park in 2016, 12 RBI and 20 runs scored in the playoffs.
Crisp was a member of the 2007 World Series Champion Red Sox, where he played for Indians manager Terry Francona.