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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Owner Fights to Save SeaWolves
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 here. Read 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.
Filed under League & Franchise, Legal, Market & Location
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.
Filed under Design & Construction, Stadium Issues
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.
Filed under Amenities & Features, Media
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.
Filed under Design & Construction, Legal, Money & Financials, Stadium Issues
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.
SeaWolves Offer 10-Year Commitment to Erie with Ballpark Upgrades
The Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League) and Erie Otters (Major Junior, Ontario Hockey League) are promising to make long-term commitments to Erie (PA) if the city’s long-pending request for a $12 million state grant to make improvements at UPMC Park is approved. The Otters play next door to the SeaWolves at Erie Insurance Arena and stand to benefit from improvements to the entire Erie Events campus. Read more here.
Filed under Design & Construction, Lease & Contracts, Stadium Issues
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.
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.
SeaWolves Announce Staffing Changes and Additions
PRESS RELEASE – The SeaWolves today announce several front office staffing changes and additions. Continue reading
SeaWolves Extend Lease Through 2020 Season
PRESS 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
SeaWolves Add Fuhrman to Front Office
PRESS RELEASE – The SeaWolves are pleased to announce the addition of Tom Fuhrman to the front office staff as Account Executive. Continue reading
Sale of SeaWolves Nearly Complete
The 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.
Ballpark Visit ALERT: Jerry Uht Park (Erie, PA)
MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Jerry Uht Park, home of the Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League). Read more and view photos here.
Filed under Ballpark Visits
SeaWolves Celebrate 20th Anniversary Tonight
The 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.
Filed under Awards & Recognition
SeaWolves Host First Downtown Block Party of the Summer
The Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League) hosted the the first Downtown Block Party of the summer at Jerry Uht Park Thursday. Party goers enjoyed the music of M4, a band of young people who are members of the Rock School at World of Music. Read more here. View slideshow here.
Filed under Conference & Events
SeaWolves to Celebrate 20th Season, Unveil Logo
PRESS 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
Filed under Branding & Marketing, Merchandising
Mandalay Baseball Properties for Sale
Seaport Capital LLC has retained Game Plan LLC to sell its majority share of Mandalay Baseball Properties, which owns the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks (Pacific Coast League), Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League), Double-A Frisco RoughRiders (Texas League), Single-A Dayton Dragons (Midwest League) and half of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (International League Continue reading
SeaWolves Unveil New Features for 2013 Season
PRESS RELEASE – The Erie SeaWolves, Double-A Affiliate of the American League Champion Detroit Tigers, will unveil a series of new and exciting features for the 2013 season, which begins on Thursday, April 4 when the team hosts the Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates). Continue reading
Filed under Amenities & Features
SeaWolves Introduce New Branding
PRESS RELEASE – The Erie SeaWolves, Double-A of the American League Champion Detroit Tigers, today introduced an updated team identity system featuring new logos, colors and uniforms. The changes were introduced to fans and media at a press conference at the Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, the official team hotel of the SeaWolves. Continue reading
Filed under Branding & Marketing
Despite Ottawa Talk, It’s Business as Usual for SeaWolves
A headline on GoErie.com today reads: “SeaWolves say they’re not in Canada talks,” but we’re not sure this is exactly what Greg Coleman, general manager of the Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League), had to say about rumors that the SeaWolves are bound for Ottawa in 2014. Read more here.
Filed under League & Franchise, Market & Location
SeaWolves, Tigers Extend PDC
PRESS RELEASE – The Erie SeaWolves, along with their parent club the Detroit Tigers, are pleased to announce an extension of the club’s Player Development Contract. The extension means the SeaWolves will remain the Double-A Affiliate of the Tigers through the 2014 season. Continue reading
Filed under Lease & Contracts
‘Gray Monster’ Coming to Jerry Uht Park
A new 33-feet-high wall is being constructed in left field at Jerry Uht Park, home of the Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League). Unlike the Green Monster at Fenway Park, the “Gray Monster” will have a yellow home-run line 17 feet up the wall, so batter won’t have to blast balls over the top to round the bases. Read more and see photo here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Filed under Amenities & Features, Design & Construction, Stadium Issues
‘Name that Fish’ Contest Underway
PRESS RELEASE – The SeaWolves, in conjunction with the Erie Times-News and GoErie.com, announce today a contest to help name the team’s new inflatable mascot. Continue reading
Filed under Branding & Marketing, Fun & Atmosphere
SeaWolves Extend Ballpark Lease
PRESS RELEASE – The Erie SeaWolves, Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, announced today an extension of the team’s lease agreement with the Erie County Convention Center Authority for the use of Jerry Uht Park. The new two-year extension runs through the 2014 season. Continue reading
MiLB President Visits SeaWolves, Other Teams
As part of his multi-team tour this season, Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner recently visited Uht Park, home of the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. In an interview with the Erie Times-News, O’Conner stated: “I don’t come into towns with an agenda. I come with three questions I ask: What’s your biggest concern, what keeps you up at night, and what can we do for you?” Read more here. Continue reading
Filed under Ballpark Visits, Personnel & Operations
SeaWolves Announce First-Ever Dance Contest
PRESS RELEASE – Do you think your dance team has what it takes to sashay its way to being the best dance team in Erie? Here’s your big chance to compete at Jerry Uht Park! Continue reading
Filed under Fun & Atmosphere, Promotions & Entertainment
SeaWolves Ink Deals with Stadium, Tigers
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. Continue reading