The Erie SeaWolves said they appreciate the newly created Save Minor League Baseball Task Force formed by members of Congress to prevent Major League Baseball (MLB) from eliminating 42 minor league franchises.

Under the MLB proposal, nearly one quarter of all minor league teams around the country - a total of 42 - would be eliminated, including the SeaWolves.

“We appreciate the support of Rep. Lori Trahan (D.-Massachusetts), David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and the members of the task force in standing up for Minor League Baseball and speaking out against MLB’s effort cast off thousands of jobs, reduce affordable, family-friendly entertainment and undermine grassroots support for our great game,” said Greg Coleman, SeaWolves team president.

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, also said he is introducing a resolution calling on MLB to reconsider eliminating select Pennsylvania minor league baseball teams.

Erie Events, which manages UPMC Park, was recently awarded $12 million from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for upgrades to the ballpark. The entire project carries a $16 million price tag.

The SeaWolves and Rep. Bizzarro said the baseball teams are vital to the economies of each community.