Bizzarro cheers SeaWolves decision to stay

Erie Minor League Baseball team announced they will keep playing in Erie

Erie, Dec. 9 -- State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, is celebrating the announcement today by the Detroit Tigers that the Erie SeaWolves will continue playing as their double-A affiliate in Erie. The team’s fate was uncertain after it was placed on a possible elimination list in 2019 by Major League Baseball.

“This is welcome news for the entire region,” Bizzarro said. “The SeaWolves create jobs, revitalize our communities and boost economic activity for Erie and surrounding communities.” 

Because of their multi-million-dollar impact on the region, Bizzarro fought hard for $12 million in state investment to improve UPMC Park, which Gov. Tom Wolf approved in 2018. When the SeaWolves faced elimination last year, Bizzarro introduced a resolution calling on MLB to keep the team where they are. Today’s announcement from the Tigers comes after efforts by Bizzarro in partnership with Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Wolf and other officials to make sure MLB understood the far-reaching impact the opposite decision would have had.

“Pennsylvania and Erie Events played ball and made these significant investments in UPMC Park – I’m glad that this team will stay open for our community and we’ll fully realize the benefits of that investment,” Bizzarro said.