(Redirected from Erie Sea Wolves)
- Location: Erie, PA
- League: New York-Penn League 1995-1998; Eastern League 1999-2019; Double-A Northeast 2021; Eastern League 2022-
- Affiliation: Pittsburgh Pirates 1995-1998; Anaheim Angels 1999-2000; Detroit Tigers 2001-present
- Ballpark: UPMC Park
The Erie SeaWolves, of the Eastern League, originally in the New York-Penn League and briefly in Double-A Northeast, were among the teams MLB planned to eliminate in its 2021 Minor League Reorganization. The Detroit Tigers farmhands play their home games at UPMC Park in Erie, PA.
After appearing on the leaked lists of teams to be downsized in MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization, they survived because the Tigers wanted to keep them, as their stadium had recently finished an already funded $12 million renovation, and the New York Mets unexpectedly kept the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in a league that needs an even number of teams.
"SeaWolves" started as a salute to their original parent Pittsburgh Pirates but quickly became so synonymous with Erie baseball that it remained through later changes of affiliations including the 1999 Anaheim Angels Double-A expansion franchise that is now with the Tigers. That move marked Erie's return to the Eastern League. Simultaneously, the New York-Penn League SeaWolves moved to Niles, OH and became the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
The 'Wolves play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Piñatas de Erie (a piñata is a candy-filled container that is broken open during a celebration).