PRESS RELEASE – The Erie SeaWolves announced the extension of both their Player Development Contract with the Detroit Tigers and lease agreement with the Erie County Convention Center Authority through 2012 on Tuesday.
The extension of these agreements insures that the SeaWolves will be Erie’s Double-A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers for at least two more seasons.
“We are very pleased to make this announcement today,” SeaWolves Team President/General Manager John Frey said. “The Tigers have been a big part of the success of the SeaWolves for the past seven seasons and we look forward to continuing that relationship. A big part of the thanks also goes to Casey Wells and the entire ECCCA for their continued improvements to the ballpark and commitment to the club.”
The SeaWolves have been affiliated with Detroit since 2001 and have helped develop a long line of Major Leaguers including Justin Verlander, Curtis Granderson, Cameron Maybin, Joel Zumaya, Scot Shields, Omar Infante, Matt Joyce, Jair Jurrjens and John Lackey.
“We are quite pleased to be continuing our relationship with the Sea Wolves,” said Dan Lunetta, the Detroit Tigers’ Director of Minor League operations. “Through the collective efforts of Mandalay Baseball, John Frey, and the entire Sea Wolves front office, we have developed an outstanding working relationship over the years, which is critical to any successful partnership.
“Erie is a natural fit for us geographically as it aligns well with Toledo, Grand Rapids and Detroit. For 10 years, we have enjoyed our partnership with Erie and hope to continue for 10 more years.”
The 17th season of Erie SeaWolves baseball begins April 7, 2011 when the club hosts defending league champion Altoona (Pittsburgh Pirates).