Rep. Bizzarro resolution urges MLB to save minor league teams

Erie, Dec. 4 -- State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, said he is introducing a resolution calling on Major League Baseball to reconsider eliminating select Pennsylvania minor league baseball teams.

According to a recent announcement from MLB, Pennsylvania teams at stake are the Erie SeaWolves, State College Spikes and the Williamsport Crosscutters.

Bizzarro cited the economic and community benefits these teams bring to their regions, specifically Erie.

“I was taken aback that the MLB would even consider eliminating these teams. They offer an affordable experience for baseball enthusiasts and families, create jobs, boost economic activity and community revitalization. The economic impact to downtown Erie, including restaurants and hotels, could be more than $10 million annually,” Bizzarro explained.

Erie Events, UPMC Park facility manager, was recently awarded $12 million from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for much-needed upgrades to the ballpark.  The total project costs will tally $16 million.

“The state made great investments in UPMC Park, and it’s important that this team stay open for our community to fully realize the benefits of that investment.”