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Owner Fights to Save SeaWolves

After spending more than 30 years learning the ins and outs of corporate America, Fernando Aguirre was ready to own a business and bought the Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League) in 2015.  Late last year, Aguirre learned that the SeaWolves are one of 42 teams that could be axed under a proposal by MLB.  But, he is working to save the team and his investment.  Meanwhile, UPMC Park is in the middle of a $16 million renovation with some parts finished, including a new field that was put in place before the 2019 season and a new scoreboard that was installed during the season.  Read more here.

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Details Emerge of MLB’s Master Plan to Contract MiLB Lineup

In recent weeks, details of the plan have been slowly leaking out, the MLB spin being it’s designed to (1) upgrade all the minor league facilities and (2) improve “wellness” for the minor leaguers in terms of travel and living conditions.  In truth, as always, it’s designed to save money, lots of money, and the proprietors of these minor league teams, many of whom have their life savings invested in them, be damned.  Read more hereRead about the Erie SeaWolves and Connecticut Tigers here.  Read concerns in Erie (PA) about the SeaWolves here.  Read about the fight brewing in Daytona (FL) over the Tortugas here.

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Erie Council to Consider Proposal to Advance Ballpark Upgrades

As part of the multimillion-dollar upgrade planned for UPMC Park, home of the Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League), about 90 feet of public space along East Ninth Street would be removed to create a new main entrance.  The Erie City Council will weigh in on that proposal during its regular meeting on Wednesday.  Read more here.

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New State-of-the-Art Scoreboard on Tap for Erie Ballpark

The Erie County Convention Center Authority’s board of directors on Thursday approved a $789,959 low bid from Daktronics, the Brookings, South Dakota, company that specializes in scoreboards, sound systems and video displays.  The new scoreboard is part of a planned multimillion-dollar upgrade to UPMC Park, home of the Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League).  Read more here.

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Erie Passes Resolutions to Advance $12-Million Ballpark Grant

The city of Erie (PA) is making moves to put a $12 million state grant in motion that’s earmarked for major upgrades at UPMC Park, home of the Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League).  Read more here.

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Erie Awarded $12M State Grant for UPMC Park Renovations

Four years of frustration, bargaining and hope ended with a positive outcome for Erie (PA) and the SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League) this week when Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of a state grant of $12 million for renovations at UPMC Park.  Read more and watch video here.

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SeaWolves to Celebrate Christmas in July as ‘SnowWolves’

The Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League) will change their name to the “Erie SnowWolves” for a day to celebrate “Christmas in July” on Friday, July 27.  Brillion (WI)-based Ariens Company will be the presenting sponsor.   On this special occasion, the team will wear custom on-field jerseys and caps designed by Dan Simon of Louisville (KY)- based design firm Studio Simon.  The first 1,000 fans on July 27 will receive an Erie SnowWolves winter cap.  Read more here.  View press release here.

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SeaWolves Seeking Ballpark Improvements

The Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League) and Erie Events, which manages the downtown stadium, are splitting the $10,000 cost of concept design work related to a local effort to secure a $12 million state grant for various improvements.  Read more here.

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SeaWolves Announce Staffing Changes and Additions

Erie SeaWolves New Full LogoPRESS RELEASE – The SeaWolves today announce several front office staffing changes and additions. Continue reading

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SeaWolves Extend Lease Through 2020 Season

Erie SeaWolves New Full LogoPRESS RELEASE – The SeaWolves, Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, are pleased to announce the club has signed an amended and restated lease agreement that runs through the 2020 season. Continue reading

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SeaWolves Add Fuhrman to Front Office

Erie SeaWolves LogoPRESS RELEASE – The SeaWolves are pleased to announce the addition of Tom Fuhrman to the front office staff as Account Executive. Continue reading

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Sale of SeaWolves Nearly Complete

Erie SeaWolves New Full LogoThe sale of the Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League) is nearly complete, and the broker in the deal said the owner-to-be is interested in seeing the minor league baseball team thrive in Erie.  Read more here.

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SeaWolves Celebrate 20th Anniversary Tonight

Erie SeaWolves New Full LogoThe Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League) will celebrate their 20th season tonight at Jerry Uht Park.  The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a commemorative poster.  Read more here.

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SeaWolves to Celebrate 20th Season, Unveil Logo

Erie SeaWolves New Full LogoPRESS RELEASE – The SeaWolves today announced that the team will celebrate its 20th season of professional baseball with a commemorative logo, a new alternate uniform, and a series of “20 Seasons” promotions. The season-long initiative will celebrate the fans, players, and memories made since the SeaWolves debuted in 1995. Continue reading

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